Stars focused on Lesotho game

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Coach Kwasi Appiah

Coach of the Black Stars, Ghana’s senior national football team,  Kwasi Appiah, insists  they are focused on victory over Lesotho in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday rather than the final group qualifier against Zambia in September.

Both Ghana and Zambia are in stiff competition for the top spot in Group D, having won their games against Sudan and Lesotho respectively and talk is now rife that the clash between the two sides in September will decide the group winners.

However, Coach Appiah says the Stars,  who have been in Johannesburg, South Africa since last Saturday, to prepare for the trip to Maseru, are not overlooking the importance of the Lesotho game.

“There are six matches to be played in the group and each one is equally important. We’ve cleared four hurdles and there is a fifth and sixth to be played. We can not worry our heads over the sixth if we have not cleared the fifth,” he said in an interview.

“Talks about the Zambia game may have been generated by the fans because we are not dwelling on either what is past or what is far ahead of us. Immediately after the Sudan , I pointed it out to them that the Sudan was over and that we needed to start thinking about the Lesotho game," Coach Appiah said. 

So far, the Stars have had a behind-closed-doors training session from the scrutinising eyes of the media.

The 10 African group winners will be paired off for the final stage during October and November with the winners of the five home-and-away ties qualifying for Brazil 2014.