By Ayipala Jude Anab
Former Black Stars player, Mohammed Polo Ahmed, has said that Ghana’s match-up with Egypt will be their toughest task yet.
Ghana may have struggled to see off the challenge of Zambia and topped their group to book a play-off match with Egypt to battle for a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But the Egypt clash looks like it will be Ghana’s toughest match in the qualifying campaign.
Last month’s draw saw Ghana paired with Egypt, the seven-time African champions, who seem to have a hold on Ghana. In the most recent match between the two, Ghana put three past the Egyptians in the UAE, during the Black Stars’ preparation for the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). But it was the Pharaohs of Egypt who defeated the Black Stars when it mattered most, in the final of the 2010 AFCON.
Mohammed Polo, speaking on Kessben FM said that this will not be an easy task.
“This time it’s not going to be easy. They [Egypt] play like us [Ghana]. They have a system, they put the ball on the ground and they are very ‘trickish’. They are good on the ball and they have the character to do something”.
Polo, however, turned his attention on the strength of the Black Stars: “The only thing we [Ghana] can do to get the advantage is to give them pressure, and with the individual flair that we have, we should use it.”
Ghana has played 15 times against their Egyptian counterparts and has won 5 matches, drawn 4 matches and lost 9 of those matches. Come Tuesday the 15th of October, 2013, Ghana will seek to improve their poor record against the Pharoahs of Egypt in a tricky encounter.