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Appiah: “We are poised for victory”

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah tells Cafonline.com that his charges are poised for victory against Zambia in their ultimate Group D 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.


The Black Stars need just a point to book their place for the final round of the African qualifiers, but Appiah insists their sight is fixed on the maximum points to ensure a smooth passage.


Ghana has been on the losing side in the last two meetings between the two sides including the reverse fixture in Ndola last September, and the homers are looking forward to break the voodoo against the Chipolopolos. Below are excerpts of Appiah’s interview withCafonline.com ahead of the game.


Cafonline.com: How are you preparing for your crucial game against Zambia?

Kwasi Appiah: We are on course and our preparation is going on well. All the players have arrived and we are looking forward to the crucial game on Friday.


Cafonline.com: What have you been telling your players ahead of the game?

Kwasi Appiah: Zambia will be no walkover and judging from the fact that we have been on the losing side in our last two meetings. We are in no mood to suffer a third defeat, which means we have to play above ourselves.


Cafonline.com: What will be your approach for the game?

Kwasi Appiah: I have to admit it will be no easy game as the Zambians have a strong squad. We have to prepare physically and psychologically. I believe the boys are psyched up to aid our quest for victory. To reach Brazil, we have to clear this hurdle first and we are poised for it.


Cafonline.com: Do you think you have your best squad for the game with the return of Andre Ayew, Michael Essien and Kevin Prince Boateng?

Kwasi Appiah: We are going to a battle and we have to bring all our good players on board. Their presence also gives us more options and makes our bench stronger. It is a good sign for any team and is important we support all the players for the interest of the nation.

Cafonline.com: Do you have any selection headaches?

Kwasi Appiah: I have no selection headaches. It is always good to have competition in your team. Every player is expected to fight and give off his best at training. Our preparation is ongoing and after sometime, I will have a fair idea of each player.

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