Despite Ghana’s failure to make it to a fourth consecutive World Cup finals, head coach Kwasi Appiah maintains his side will finish the campaign in the most competitive manner.
Ghana host the Pharaohs in their last World Cup Qualifying match at the Cape Coast Stadium in what could be best described a dead-rubber game. The visitors have already grabbed the sole ticket in group E.
With calls for Appiah to use this opportunity to test new players, especially the locally-based ones, the 57-year-old has shot down such suggestions, claiming the Stars have to end on a high note.
“I have heard people saying that there is nothing at stake but that is not true,” Appiah told KweséESPN.
“Every game from now is a step towards 2019 [Africa Cup of Nations] and I have made that point clear to all the players.
“I said from day one that I want to build a team towards 2019 and that has been reflected in the call-ups. I have made the point of inviting new players because it is best to observe them in a certain environment.
Speaking on whether the recent call-ups will be the last straw on the camel’s back on new crop of players, Appiah said;
“There are some players I know well and others I need to see. As time goes on, there will be a more settled group to work but the door will not close entirely.”
“I heard people complain a lot about how players were becoming too comfortable, how they didn’t contribute much to the national team.
“And yet when Appiah drops them, there is uproar. I don’t understand. There may be nothing at stake against Egypt but we have to win. We have to prove to this country that we still deeply care about the national team.”
Egypt will be missing the services of their two stalwart defenders – Ahmed Hegazi (family reasons) and Abdel-Shafy to injury.
The game will be played on Sunday the 12th of November at 3:30pm.