By Edmund Bobie
With just days ahead to the all-important clash against the Egyptian national team, anxiety breeds in the hearts of most Ghanaians, amidst all the security concerns in the country.
Some say it’s done and dusted after a 6 – 1 win at home, a few are a bit skeptical and fear the Egyptians can pull a surprise.
AGN’s Edmund Bobie sought the views of some soccer loving fans and this is what they had to say:
Christian Kodua, a soccer enthusiast said, “the Egypt game should not be any different from how we played here at home. This time we need to hold onto the ball more and be calm, our gaffer has been good in all his away games in this phase of qualifiers”.
He further added “he was compact, very compact in the games against Sudan and Lesotho and I think he will play the same way. Hopefully we will get a draw.
Kofi Osei also had this to say “I seriously think that before FIFA approves of the grounds for a game, it means the grounds have met all requirements”.
“I believe some people are blowing it out of proportion, I understand their concerns though but I believe it’s just because of our local teams experiences there”.
“I also strongly believe that if the players are going, then all the various fan bases should follow, because it’s going to be bad for the supporters not to follow and leave our players lonely”, he said.
Mr Patrick, a banker, said the Black Stars should see the game as a whole new one.
“They should go all out, the Egyptians are a very good side and on a good day can trouble the Black Stars”.
He further added “am really happy the coach did not change the setup, the players he invited are the same that played the first leg in Kumasi, and they have the edge over the Egyptians”.
A fan who appeared very scared of the return fixture said “these North Africans are very sly; they also want to qualify just like Ghana and can do anything to achieve that”.
“Trust me, an early goal in such a game can come crushing on you, the fact that we have a 5 goal cushion does not guarantee automatic qualification”. We should not forget there are penalties and panics in games”, He further stated.
The Black Stars will pitch camp in Turkey ahead of the crucial encounter in Cairo on November 19th 2013.