Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan confident Black Stars will triumph over Egypt
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan believes they well psyched to face Egypt in the play-off round of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The Black Stars have been drawn against the Pharaohs to battle for a place in next year’s tournament to be staged in Brazil after the draw was held in Cairo on Monday morning.
Ghana – winners of Group D – were seeded for the draw due to its superior position on the FIFA rankings.
Egypt, who won all their games in Group G and became the first African side to advance to the playoffs, were drawn from Pot B.
The Black Stars per the draw will host the Pharaohs in the first leg in October before travelling for the return encounter a month later.
Egypt, who last played at the World Cup in 1990, are eager to return to the world stage and are favoured by their recent dominance over Ghana.
But Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan feels the Black Stars have a tough mentality to sail through the final stages of the qualifiers.
“It is a tricky tie but as we are determined to qualify for Brazil we have to be mentally ready to face them,” he told Accra-based Happy FM.
“I will talk to the other players and get them psyched up for the game.
“Their league is off now so they have been camping a lot and they are very formidable so we have to be equally prepared to face them.”
Ghana secured their place in the final stages of the qualifiers after emerging winners of Group D which included Zambia, Sudan and Lesotho.
The Black Stars are chasing a third successive World Cup appearance following progressive stints in Germany and South Africa in 2006 and 2010 respectively.