Ghana captain Andre Ayew is expecting a tough AFCON 2021 Qualification run - but expects his teammates to be just as rugged.
Ayew will be leading the Black Stars in the week’s AFCON 2021 opener against South Africa at home - a meeting he admits is familiar by now.
“South Africa‚ we have met them a lot of times. Right now every team has its qualities so we have to block their qualities and use ours because at the end of the day we have great players‚” Ayew told reporters after the team training session on Monday,” Ayew said via TimesLIVE.
The 29-year-old forward further revealed the Black Stars’ camp is featuring a number of new and returning faces - which will hopefully prove to be an advantage on the pitch."
“We have players who have confidence. We have players who want to prove a point and we have people who just want to die for the nation. We have to realise that we are playing for millions of people.”
“Football is a game of a win‚ draw or lose‚ but we have to give everything. We have to die. We have to run. We have to play and make sure that at the end of the day we can go home and look at ourselves and say we gave everything we had for the nation.”
“It is not going to be easy. I can tell you that this qualification is going to be very difficult‚ but we will go through,” concluded the player nicknamed “Dede.”
The two sides will lock horns on Thursday evening and you can follow Ghana vs SA here on Futaa!