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Ghana FA boss leans strongly against underdog status

The youthful dominated Black Stars have forced their doubters to eat back their words with a place at the final of the tournament, where they…

The youthful dominated Black Stars have forced their doubters to eat back their words with a place at the final of the tournament, where they are billed to face holders Egypt today at the November 11 Stadium in Luanda.

 The Stars without at least six key players have emerged as the surprise packets of the tournament backed by their tactical play and have managed victories over hosts Angola and bitterest rivals Nigeria en route to this far.

 Not many would have owned up proudly behind the team prior to the tournament with their untested experience but they have proved otherwise.

 Nyantakyi told Cafonline.com the team’s performance at the 27th edition of the biennial tournament serves him no form of surprise.

 “I am not surprised at all. We knew the quality of the players and sure about their capabilities.”

 Despite the team’s progress at the championships, others have found fault with team’s defensive strategy heavily backed by Head Coach Milovan Rajevac, but the GFA President has laughed off such comments.

 “Football is all about results and we are here to play to win. In the end, it is the results that count not how much you played. Germany don’t play beautiful football but they are always at the World Cup,” he reiterated in defence of the tactics of the Serbian trainer.

  Ahead of today’s final, Nyantakyi who has been at the helm of Ghana’s football governing body since 2005 insists his charges will cause another major shock despite their underdog status.

 “There is no doubt we are the underdogs. We have remained underdogs throughout the competition, but our ambition remains unchanged.

 “Egypt has been the best team at the tournament so far. The have scored more goals and have good attackers. We are not perturbed by their impressive record so far and will give off our best to ensure victory.

 “We have come this far and the ultimate will be the icing on the cake.”

 Ghana has never won the showpiece African football event since beating Libya in 1982 for their fourth triumph.


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