World Cup 2022: Black Stars will make Ghana proud – Stephen Appiah

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is optimistic about the Black Stars chances ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ghana, who are returning to the global showpiece after missing out in Russia 2018 has been housed in Group H against Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

The West African powerhouse will play Portugal on November 24 in its first game before taking on South Korea and the epic clash against Uruguay.

In an interview, the former Juventus star expressed belief in the Black Stars team, saying they will make Ghana proud at the mundial.

“We are going to Qatar but we have a young team who are doing very well in their clubs. We believe in them, I mean when it comes to football you have a coach and as a player you have to listen to instructions from him. If you want to complicate yourself that is where you put pressure in yourself because you will hear the fans shouting at you, they will start to boo you and all that”

“So my message for them is to play and win but I think the pressure is here is too much because everybody wants the Black Stars to win the trophy but when you go to tournament you don’t have to go with that mindset because you a group stage that you have to play three games and you to take it match after match”

“My advice for them, playing against Portugal in the first game, don’t even think about Uruguay, just focus on Portugal, you finish them and you go to the next game. As I said, we have a good team, we believe in the boys and I think they are going to make us proud”

Ghana will open their campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Four days later, the Black Stars return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Ghana will wrap up their group stage adventure with their much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

The Black Stars having missed out in the last edition hosted in Russia in 2018 will be hoping to improve their performance in Qatar after exiting the group phase during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Only three sides from the continent have ever progressed to the quarter-finals; Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010.

Ghana will be hoping to progress from the group stage at this year’s tournament.

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