Andre Dede Ayew, captain of the Black Stars, is certain his team can perform well in Qatar despite the fact that only two current players have played in a World Cup.
The only two players with previous World Cup experience in the Black Stars squad are Andre and Jordan Ayew.
Although this will be Jordan’s second participation –he participated in Brazil’s edition — it will be Andre’s third — he also participated in 2010 and 2014.
Many have emphasized the squad’s lack of experience, but the Black Stars’ captain believes that may not be a concern for the team.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Portugal game on Thursday, Dede Ayew said, “It’s true my brother and I are the only ones [on the Ghana team] to play in the World Cup, but that doesn’t mean anything since we also came to play and it was a first at some point and we were able to do wonderful things on the field.
“I think we have the kind of team that can really impress and show the world what we can do,” he said.
When asked how playing in his third World Cup makes him feel, the 32-year-old responded, “Every event is different and every tournament has its own enthusiasm.” As kids, we all dream of playing in the World Cup, so the fact that I will be participating in my third tournament is surreal to me.
But the most crucial thing is individual and team performance on the field.
On Thursday, November 24, the Black Stars will take on Portugal at Stadium 974, looking to get off to a strong start in the competition.
Source: Metrotvonline.com | Ghana