Ghana defender Richard Kissi-Boateng is urging fans not to panic after Zambia were awarded three points from the boardroom in the race to qualify to the 2014 World Cup.
Sudan lost an appeal against FIFA’s decision to overturn their 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Zambia in June and awarded a 3-0 win to their opponents.
The ruling, announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, means Zambia go top of Group D in the second round of the African qualifiers and leaves Ghana struggling to qualify for the finals in Brazil next year.
The ruling has sent anxiety among Ghanaian soccer fans who fear they could miss out on qualifying to their third successive World Cup.
But the TP Mazembe new recruit is urging calm and insists the Black Stars have the materials to dash the hopes of the Chipolopolo.
“I don’t think our fans should be afraid. We have four matches to win and I believe with seriousness and focus we’ll get the required results,” Boateng said
“It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win the Nations Cup, but we have been in this kind of situation before and yet we showed the world of our pedigree.
“We have a difficult game against Sudan and I believe if we beat them it will re-ignite confidence among our people again.
“Ghana has what it takes to win the remaining four matches. There should not be any worries at all.
“We have done it before and we’re going to do it again.”
World soccer’s ruling body FIFA found Sudan guilty of fielding an ineligible player after Saif Ali was included in the team.
He scored the second goal despite having been sent off in their previous competitive game.
CAS rejected Sudan’s argument they had not been “properly informed” of Saif Ali’s suspension from the match.
The player was dismissed in the African Nations Cup quarter-finals, coincidentally against the same opponents, the previous February.