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Afcon 2021: ‘Black Stars in excellent state of mind’ for Gabon scalp – Rajevac

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac says his charges have overcome their opening day disappointment and are in an excellent state of mind to take on Gabon in a crucial second Group C game at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Friday.

The Black Stars conceded late and eventually lost 1-0 to the Atlas Lions of Moroccos last Monday.

Ghana now come up against Gabon who enjoyed a winning start and would have to put up a performance to record a victory to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.

In his pre-match press conference Thursday, Rajevac said:

“First match is always like that, Gabon has three points, we have no point but the next match we have the opportunity to win the first three points so we are concentrated on winning.

“Our state of mind is excellent; we have faith in our abilities so we are preparing well.

“The boys are raring to go and ready to deliver and we are doing everything in our power to make this happen.

“We have really worked a lot in the previous days; we played well in the previous match so we need to step up a little bit to make our performance better.

“…everybody is okay, we don’t have any COVID-19 issue in our team – players are feeling okay, and they had time to rest. Tactically, we are ready and hopefully, everything will go well for us.”

The 68-year-old Serbian trainer added:

“We approach every match with seriousness, we studied the team, and we know Gabon, they played well in the first match and they are a good team definitely.

“But we will rely on ourselves and we know the amount of quality we possess so we have to be ready and tactically disciplined to give our best and I believe we have a great chance to win the next match.”

The Ghana-Gabon game is scheduled for 19:00 GMT kickoff Friday.



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