Ghanaian football historian Mr. James Bode Oyedeji says both Ghana and Egypt are panicking ahead of their clash in the 2014 World Cup qualifying playoffs in October and November.
The vociferous general manager of Tudu Mighty Jets football administrator said the way and manner the two Associations as well as their coaches and other technical teams are reacting ahead of the game backs his claim.
Speaking to Scandal Sports ahead of the first leg which will be played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on October 15, Mr. Oyedeji indicated that there is over anxiety being exhibited especially by the Ghanaians in their determination to qualify to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With some few days to the game, the head coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah has hinted on a possible call up of some former players of the Stars notable among them are goalkeeper Richard Kingston who plies his trade in Cyprus and Former captain John Mensah who is still not with a club.
Kwesi Appiah who has been in charge of the Stars since 2012 after the Ghana Football Association (GFA) parted company with Goran Stevanovic is reported to have made a trip to Cyprus to monitor the former safest pair of hands for the stars.
Though the move is seen by others as an audacious move some top echelons of the football fraternity in Ghana like Mr. Oyedeji, Kwesi Nyatekyi, and Stephen Appiah among a host of others believe the move is a good one since it will aid the qualification prospect of the nation.
Mr. Nyantekyi said “For such a veteran goalkeeper like Richard Kingson I believe if he is indeed playing well and he gets the chance to come back to the national team it will be a big boost to the team’s chances of qualifying to the World Cup because with Richard Kinston you can go and sleep if he is in good form because he is the best pair of hands we have had in the country”.
The GFA Boss said Richard dropped from the national team because he became club-less “so if he is now playing then there is every opportunity for him to come back provided he is playing well”.
Ex Captain Stephen Appiah who has captained the team to two successive world cups in Germany and South African respectively also agrees to the move and says the wealth of experience of Mensah and Kingson will be crucial for the Black Stars.
He said though he has no plans of returning to the Black Stars he prays the likes of John Mensah, Richard Kingston and other experienced players who are still actively playing football will find their boots and return to the team because the country needs them.
Mr. James Oyedeji says though history favours the Egyptians, they are also in a panic mood owing to their actions. He said the decision by coach Bob Bradley to name his squad a month before the tie, his decision to use the core of Zamalek and Ahly players though he has named as many as fifteen foreign based players and the decision by the Egyptian Football Association to move the game to the 30 June Stadium in Cairo for the first time in two years are all indications that Bradley and his charges are very much aware of the threats of the Ghanaian team hence the need to for them to go through sleepless nights just like Ghana ahead of the game.
The four time African champions the Black Stars finished tops of Group D with 15 points overcoming a stiff challenge by Zambia and garnered 15 points, winning five games and losing one against former African champions Zambia. Egypt on the other hand also finished the second round group games with 18 points, winning all six games against Guinea, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to top Group G.
For now the head-to-head records between the two football giants weigh heavily in favour of the Pharaohs. The North Africans have won 9 games against Ghana’s four with five of the encounters ending up in a draw.
Source: The Scandal