By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
Former Ghana defender Joe Addo believes the only way to go past Egypt in Tuesday’s 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off is by silencing the Pharaohs in the opening 20 minutes of the game.
The Black Stars must beat the North Africans convincingly to stand a chance of reaching Brazil next June but match statistics favour the seven-time AFCON title winners to sail through.
However, a formidable Ghana side which is parading a blend of experienced star-studded side and young players; including Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah and AC Milan steamroller Sulley Muntari as well as Olympique Marseille’s Andre Ayew is fired up to win against the Egyptians.
Joe Addo who captained all of Ghana’s national teams (U17 to the senior national team) has admonished Kwesi Appiah’s men to strategise well in order to take a commanding step reaching Brazil.
“We should not allow the Egyptians to possess the ball because they like to hold on to the ball. If we successfully prevent them from holding the balls and run and get early goals, we will kill the game,” the former Hearts of Oak center-back told Accra-based Live FM.
Addo shared his experience as technical person after helping Berekum Chelsea humiliate a North African side during the CAF Champions League group stage two seasons ago.
“When we [Berekum Chelsea] played against the Moroccans, we used the same tactics and it work. We piled the pressure early in the game and got the goals and we ended up beating them 5 in the first-leg,” he added.
Ghana is chasing a third straight appearance at the World Cup after playing in the 2006 and 2010 editions while Egypt last made an appearance at the mundial in 1990.