By Patrick Akoto
Ex-Ghana FA vice president Fred Pappoe has urged calm after Zambia toppled the Black Stars in group D of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign.
Zambia have become three points richer after FIFA ruled against Sudan for fielding an unqualified player during their world cup clash in Khartoum in June this year.
The disciplinary committee of the world governing body ruled that Saif Ali, was ineligible to play for the Nile Crocodile after receiving accumulated yellow cards in previous competitive matches.
Many Ghanaian local fans have grown apprehensive since the ruling was made public on Monday.
But the immediate past chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee insists there is no need for local fans to press the panic button.
“I don’t think fans should be worried. What the ruling means is that we must win all our matches and we will be home and dry. We have to win all the matches at all cost,” Pappoe told Accra-based Peace FM
“I admit that the ruling will make the qualification more difficult but we have character and pedigree to surpass the challenge.
“We have to win against Sudan in the two-legged ties as well as beating Lesotho at their own backyard and ensure that we beat Zambia by more than a goal since the head-to- head rule will apply.
“We have beaten Sudan at their own turf twice and so don’t how we can’t do it again.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we can pass the litmus test. There is no need for anybody to start panicking.
We should have confidence in the players to move above this stage.
“The game against Zambia here in Ghana will be the crucial one. But we have the ability to score more than two goals to ensure we pick the ticket to the final lap of qualifiers.”
The Black Stars lie second with three points and battle Sudan in March next year.