Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus says that the Black Stars are ready to face Bafana Bafana in their key Afcon qualifier this evening.
The Ajax Amsterdam player says the spirit in the camp is good and they are going to try their hardest to seal their qualification for the finals today.
Ghana are without a number of key players, including captain Andrew Ayew and his brother Jordan, Thomas Partey, Joseph Addo, Gideon Mensah and Idriss Baba. All six are European based and were not released by their clubs to travel to South Africa due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Ghana arrived in South Africa early Wednesday morning, and victory over Bafana would confirm their spot in the finals in Cameroon.
“It has been very good. There’s a very good team spirit and unity in camp, and everyone is 100% ready for the game,” Kudus was quoted as saying on the GhanaFA.org.
“The goal is to qualify for the AFCON so we go into every game with the same mentality, whether it is two games or one game that we have to win, the mentality is the same.”
“It’s the same spirit so whether we will qualify after this game or the next game, it’s the same mentality and we are going to do our best to seal qualification [today].”
“The best way to approach the game is thinking that it’s a new game. Because we beat them the first time, they are going to come with extra motivation to beat us. so the most important thing is to match their spirit and play what we know best.”
“We will approach the game the same way we did the other time. But that is gone, this is the most important game for us and that is what the focus is about.”
“I know that the players are ready. We have been preparing very well and I can see that everyone is pretty much ready for the game and what I can tell Ghanaians is that they should back us with prayers and support and we will do our best tomorrow to seal qualification for the AFCON.”
The match kicks off at the FNB at 6pm SAST.