Black Stars looking razor-sharp for Malawi qualifier

Black Stars training at the Accra Sports Stadium

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah worked with the full complement of his team for the first time on Wednesday.

The Black Stars are preparing to face Malawi in the first leg of the final 2013 Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday.

All but one of the 24-players in camp fully took part in the evening’s session at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu sat out the session as the medical team continues to monitor his yet to be disclosed injury.

The squad was divided into two groups for an XI-aside trial match with the likes of Christian Atsu, Abdul Majeed Waris and Jordan Ayew getting on the scoresheet.

The team later worked on set pieces with striker Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Derek Boateng as the preferred takers of dead ball situations.

Ghana need to win massively against the Flames to ensure the second leg is a mere formality.

The training so far gives a clear indication of the team’s readiness to rake in the goals on Saturday.

The match kicks off at 15:30 GMT at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Source: MTNFootball.com

READERS COMMENTS

  1. cool says:

    We do’t score many goals with Gyan leading the attack. Please make some changes

  2. cool says:

    Strategy for game in Accra:apply 100% Pressure

    Strategy for game in Malawi: We need just 1 point.(a draw)

  3. Dr Who says:

    Information I had from Liberia-Malawi match indicated that the flames will play 4231 formation so Akwesi should play 442

  4. Rasheed says:

    Malawi too is looking razor-sharp for Ghana qualifier.It is only the pitch that twill determine the winner.

  5. EmmaAmpadu says:

    I am of the idea that Ghana will score by a huge margin but complacency might set in if they are not psyched well enough.

  6. kuukuphilly says:

    Guys no need 2 fear Malawi,this one b icing on the cake..

  7. EmmaAmpadu says:

    They will deliver well. They are more sharpened than a razor.

  8. Young says:

    I cant’t wait to watch this game.. GSN please do your best to provide a link EARLY…

  9. chipolopolo says:

    My advice to ghana people is ‘Never you underrate the flames’.You aren’t got super stars in your team,90% are average players and also,where and which club do they represent?Gone are those days names play football.Ghana hasn’t been producing quality stars like some west african countries like Senegal,Ivory coast and Nigeria for sometime now even locally ghana clubside are underperforming in CAF club competitions.By the time Essien and those of his era(Muntari,Gyan,Mensah and ……) are gone who then do you boast of?I expect ghana fans to bash me due to my comment but the truth has been said.Underrate Zambia pleaseeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    • Al says:

      Dont worry bout us homeboy we have one of the best youth systems in Africa with many academies, we also have young up and coming stars who only die hard Ghana fans know about but dont worry boy boy..in due time the whole world will 2…we’ll keep producing stars..just worry about how ur best player plays for a team who JUST got promoted to the EPL…better watch out b.c he might be playing in the championship league next season any way…IF he even get on the field

      • Zambie soccer fan 1 says:

        My advice to Ghana is pls dont talk so much before the game…already our opponents for the saturday AFCON 2013 quailifiers,Uganda are talking so much even before they land in Zambia.concentrate on strategising not talking. Malawi also wants to surprise Ghana…..Talk too much after the game…
        Good luck Ghana good luck Zambie too…

  10. prophet says:

    charley when is the match comin on

  11. yvonne says:

    I dnt want 2 talk abt a country which took a whole 5o+ years 2 win arguably one of the weakest afcon cups in recent years. Ivory coast was the only in form giant at afcon 2012. U saw the chance and u took it so stop talkin as if u re the best in africa. West Africa is african football and African football is West Africa. (lets see wat u can do in afcon 2013) I dnt wanna talk abt a country dat has only managed 2 produce one world class player in its entire history. Imagine hw the Black stars will look lyk if all the players wid the Ghanaian blood runnin thru their veins around the wrld were 2 play 4 GH. Balotelli of Man City, Danny Welbech of ManU, KPB of Ac Milan, Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich, Essien of Real Madrid, Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus, Dede Ayew of Marseille, Anthony Annan of Osasuna, Christian Atsu of FC porto. The gud thing is dat, the avg age of the current BS team is 23 which means there is so much room for improvement.

    • One Andy says:

      @Yvonne.I must admit Your post makes interesting reading but the question is ‘WHY IS IT THAT THE SAME STARS DONT WANT TO PLAY FOR GHANA?’you mention KPB,Essien,Balloteli and even Jerome Boateng.The truth is you are now living a cosmetic life based on your past achievements which you are failing to replicate in this modern day.You are living in utopia making yourselves believe you are giants yet you are just an average team.I f 2012 Afcon was the weakest,Why didnt you as giants scoop it?Zambia beat a star studded Senegal,Libya,Ghana and Ivory coast to win that tournament yet you Ghanaians still rubish this achievement?2013 my sister will be more tricky coz us playing in SA is like playing at home.I can assure you that even Malawi a country you are pouring scorn on may surprise you.Remember they beat Chad a team that eliminated Egypt and i dont expect you to tell me you are better than Egypt with a horde of Classical players as you call them.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iomPb_40EBA&feature=related. your feelings about us Zambians are better explained in this link and i dont blame you guyz

  12. yvonne says:

    I 4got to add Emmanuel Frimpong of Arsenal. It looks lyk we ve GH players in all the major leagues across Europe. (La liga, Serie A, French league 1, Portuguese Primera Liga, Epl, Bundesliga, Norway, Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, and greece.) In Germany alone, we ve three players playin in the Bundesliga and abt 20 Gh players playing in second tier German league. Dats why the black stars has been the black stars frm Abedi Pele’s tym to Christian Atsu’s tym. we aint finished yet.

  13. phillbanger says:

    Yvonne u took the words out my mouth.these soo called small roaches thinks they can compete with ghana.jus cos we slipped to zambia they think they can play a grown mans game.well we will see on saturday.anyway…..u can watch the game on freesport.com or go to adthe.com or go to ghanalivegtv.com and sign up..the game starts at 3ghanatime…thank me when u get the link

  14. Selfmade says:

    When sepp blatter was committing on penalties,he talked about how some clubs and countries could win trophies through the lottery of penalties and he mention chelsea and zambia specifically… alot of Zambians were mad about what he said but the truth of the matter is that Zambia is an underdog team and ll forever remains underdog no matter how hard try cuz some teams has already taking the tag of super power football nations and no matter how hard Zambia try it can’t shed that tag of a minnow… checked this,all the giants in africa football has won one or two of caf organised championships ie Ghana has clubs that has won both the caf champions league and the confederation cup,Nigeria has won the champions league,ivory coast has won too,egypt several times and Cameron too… the last time i checked Zambia has not produce a club side that has even reached the quarter finals before… Ghana ,nigeria and cameroon has won fifa and olympic trophies and medals before but the last time i checked Zambia has scored zero there too….. can we therefore called such a country a giant?? Hell no because Sudan has won the afcon bf,Ethiopia has won it bf,dr. Congo too but it ll be very difficult for zambians to called these nations giants just because of one destiny afcon cup won by these countries!!!! Blatter was right when he said zambia,chelsea etc won their respective cups through pure luck and lotto of penalties and not because of any extra o prowess!!! I don’t want to be a prophet of doom but u ll wait for another century bf it happens again!!!! Ur play is pure manpower and nothing else!! Viva the revolutioncion!!!!

  15. Selfmade says:

    Zambians are just bitter that ghanaians still looked them upon them after their recent exploits against the black stars and they find it hard to digest why ghanaians considered them underdogs because naturally when someone beats u consecutively,u have to respect that opponent and even be scared of him but still no matter how hard they can to rub it in our face,ghanaians are unpertude and still maintain that they are underdogs and minnows and no matter what we ll avenge our losses in a bigger way like 4 nil,five nil etc when the time comes!!! The mere fact that we are failing to give u respect should tell u that we are not scare of u and though zambia( which is less endowed in terms of football) has beaten us twice,is still at the fundamental stage and are now inncubating!!! It ll take u like 100 million years before the chickens are hatch,feed and pass through the normal growth sysytem to become a full- fledge and that ll take another 60 years adding up to 160 yrs!!!! So in other words it ll take zambia 160 yrs to become Ghana in football ie win four nations cup,two under 17s,two african under 17s,olympic bronze medal in soccer,three african under 20 trophies,all African games gold medal in football,three caf champions league cup,one confederation cup,one super cup,five African best player award( sunday,razak,abedi), four bbc africanbest player award( kuffour,essien,asa,dede), four European champions league winners( abedi,tanko,kuffour,essien),two times bundesliga goalking,tony yeboah!!! Guys from these achievements am i not right when i said it ll take Zambia 160 years to become Ghana in football?… viva the revolutionicon!!! Viva the revolutioncion!!!

  16. Dr Who says:

    Ghana will white wash the flames.The african champions have lost three matches this year already.they lost to Malawi,Sudan and Korea.This is the weakest african champions I have ever seen in my life.

    • Zambie soccer fan 1 says:

      We wacked Ghana at the last AFCON and we wacked you too in Ndola during the WC quailifiers and you are still doubting us…..Chipolopolo will defend the AFCON trophy in SA next year….Ghana might not even beat Malawi to quailify to the 2013 AFCON. First learn to qualify then you can talk about 2013 AFCON….Zambia will always teach Ghana foot ball lessons.

  17. Ndolaman says:

    I can see the black juju boys puting on the chipolopolo attire on the picture above, I presume they want to be associated with us so that this can make them win Saturday game. But I can assure u that Malawi will surprise u with a 3 goals to 0 win. viva flames!

  18. Arnold Rashid Lilongwe says:

    Ghanains,just be patient you will be playing in the flames and not against the flames

  19. Ndolaman says:

    let all Ghanaians on this site know that football is won or lost on the field not in the press. so keep quiet as we wait for Saturday.
    I will also be back on this site on sat.
    BYE!

  20. Anokwale says:

    I find all the arguments quite funny. At the end of the day, all African teams are masters of inconsistency. Anything can happen on any given day in African football. Zambia winning CAN 2012 is an example. No team that wins the CAN should feel too cocky whether it be Egypt, Zambia, Cameroon, etc…there are always surprises in African football. Simply enjoy the competition.