Maxwell Konadu believes Ghana will be comfortable winners against Egypt in the first leg match of the 2014 World Cup playoffs but will have to work extra hard in the return encounter in order to qualify for the World Cup.
The Black Stars must beat the record African Cup winners over two legs in the final round of qualifiers for next year’s grand event to be staged in Brazil.
The Pharaohs have a superior all-in-all record against the Black Stars going into the playoffs and are counting on history to take them through.
Ghana on the other hand will be buoyed by their win over Egypt in their recent meeting in the lead up to the 2013 Nations Cup in January.
And Black Stars assistant coach who is well aware of the delay tactics employed by North African sides during games believes his side will do just fine in the home leg of the tie with the deciding match being the return encounter – the official home match for Egypt.
“I believe we will be able to account for them here. We know how they are like when playing away from home,” he told Hot FM.
“They try to delay the game, instigate unnecessary debates with the referees, try to rattle the opposition with their delay tactics and all just to waste time.
“But I believe we will be able to beat them here but for me the crucial point will be the away game there.
“We have heard stories in the past of how they used to manipulate even the quality of hotels, food and even water for their opposition in away games but that is no more in play in modern football.
“We also have ways of putting in such adequate preparations and therefore those tricks will no longer work on us.
“The only thing to do is probably set lazer lights on our players during the match but I am sure our officials will deal with that quite adequately.”
Ghana will host Egypt on October 13 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi – a venue that has proved to be a fortress for the Black Stars throughout the World Cup qualifying series.