Asamoah Gyan: There will be no excuses
Ghana national team captain Asamoah Gyan spoke to journalists ahead of Ghana’s first 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Uganda.
Gyan began by thanking the Black Stars’ fans for their support of the national team, “First of all I would like to thank all the fans for their reception at the airport, we felt very welcomed and we really appreciate it.”
“This is the third time we play in these conditions. I’m sure the stadium will be full, like the other two games, or even more. We will make sure to take the three points,” Ghana’s skipper continued.
The Al Ahli Dubai striker reiterated the importance of not letting their fans down: “It will be very difficult for us, but this is not our first time to play under these conditions. There should be no excuses; we will play our normal game. Many fans will be behind us and we are not here to disappoint our fans. We will make sure we come out victorious.”
Continuing on his thoughts of the integral role of the team’s fans, Gyan continued, “Fans always play a very important role in the game, they play like 10% in the game, so we are expecting more fans on Friday because they are part of us. When the Black Stars are playing, we are talking about Ghana and not an individual person, so we are asking all the fans to come and support us as they always do.”
Gyan concluded, “As a striker I can say that we are expected to score, I always try to do my best for my team to win. When I get an opportunity to score and the team wins I become happy.”
Gyan is the record goal scorer for the Black Stars, netting 48 goals in 95 official games. Ghana hold the historical advantage over Uganda, winning six of their previous 12 encounters, while Uganda only boast three wins from these 12 games.
Ghana and Uganda kick off Group E on October 7, while Egypt and Congo Brazzaville will face off two days later.
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