Andre Ayew, the captain of Ghana’s national football team, is optimistic that the Black Stars would be a difficult side to defeat at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will begin on November 20 in Qatar. The tournament will be held in Qatar.
Ayew, who is a member of the Al Sadd football club in Doha, the capital of Qatar, emphasized how important it is for the Ghana team to be in good physical shape in order to put on the kind of performance he is hoping for.
After failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament, the Black Stars did so for this year’s competition. They will be competing in the same group as South Korea, Portugal, and Uruguay, the latter of which was the team that eliminated them from the competition in the 2010 tournament held in South Africa.
OKBET had the opportunity to speak with Ayew on the preparation, chances, and expectations of the national team, as well as the benefits that he has received from playing in Qatar.
How is the preparation going for the Black Stars?
Everything that has to be in place for us to be successful in the World Cup is in place. We need to have the very best preparation possible, but the health and fitness of all of your players is of the utmost importance at that moment. Before the World Cup, we will play Brazil, and before that, we will play Nicaragua and Switzerland. Even though these are exhibition games, they are all significant contests that will be challenging.
These matches are helpful because they put us to the test, and when we come back together as a team, we are better able to preserve our togetherness and camaraderie. This time around, we only have roughly nine days until the World Cup, which is significantly less time than the usual two to three weeks. It’s not the best situation, but we have to make the best of it.
How likely is it that Ghana will emerge victorious from the so-called “Group of Death” and proceed to the knockout stage?
There is still a chance for us. It’s to be anticipated that nobody considers us to be the favorites. We are aware that we will not enter any of the matches as favorites, but we intend to put up a fight and have an effect on the competition. There is no question that this will be a very challenging group for all of the teams, and all that is required of us is to be prepared, focused, and committed, and to field a full squad.
If we had the entirety of our team, we have the potential to cause significant problems for many other teams. Because I am aware of Ghana’s capabilities, I do not feel the need to be concerned.
Will the match between Ghana and Uruguay be a mission of vengeance after the Ghanaian and Uruguayan teams were eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa?
As the head of the squad, I do not believe that we should look at this game as an opportunity for revenge. Instead, we need to have the intelligence to see that it is a match in which we may earn points for ourselves. We can’t ignore history, but what Luis Suarez [a footballer for Uruguay] did in 2010, when he used his hand to stop a strike that was going in the direction of the goal, is something I could have done in the same situation. It was a blow to us all. However, that is just a normal element of football and it took place many years ago.
After everything that has been stated about Uruguay in the media, all we want is to defeat them with a victory. If you enter a game with the intention of exacting revenge on another player, you run the risk of making a lot of blunders and becoming very agitated. The most important thing for us to do right now is to maintain our composure, execute the strategy, and do all in our power to either win the game or go on to the next level.
What are the Black Stars’ fans in Ghana hoping to see from their team in the World Cup? Are we able to fulfill them?
The expectation of the Ghanaian people is tenacity, dedication, and a desire to die for the jersey. When you play in the World Cup, you are up against extremely powerful teams. However, we have proven over the years that we are capable of competing with and even besting these teams.
However, compete and demonstrate that you are willing to give your life for your nation. If it turns out the way we hope, then we can give thanks to God. In the event that it does not, the most important thing for me is to ensure that every individual within the nation has the conviction that they have accurately portrayed both their nation and Africa.
We are participating in the World Cup to not just highlight Ghanaian football, but also African football as a whole. The fact that there are only five African representatives means that every team will receive African support anytime they play, and this is how we should always be behind our own fellow brothers in order to achieve history in this event.
We are all battling for our respective countries in the African Cup of Nations, but in the World Cup, we are all fighting for Africa as a whole. Additionally, if we are able to compete favorably with the best teams while simultaneously projecting a positive picture of Africa, then everybody will be happy.
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