The Black Stars will be playing against Uruguay today, December 2, 2022, in Qatar in hopes to enter the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup tournament.
The upcoming match decides if Ghana or the Latin Americans head to the knockout stage which is set to commence on Saturday, December 3, 2022.
The game is a crucial one for both sides as the Black Stars will be playing hard to prevent a repeat of what happened ten years ago. Despite Suarez’s handball incident a decade ago, the Head Coach of the Black Stars, Otto Addo said the team’s game with Uruguay will be just like ‘any other match’.
According to Otto Addo, the team does not have revenge in their minds but is going to the pitch to win and qualify for the next round.
“Yeah just like every other match, surely we want to win this game, the good thing is even if it’s a draw”,
“I’m not really thinking about revenge, for me it’s a normal game. For me I was also sad when I watched the scene, it was a big chance for Ghana to proceed to the next stage”.
“But It’s 12 years ago, now it’s a different match with different approach. So, I don’t see it as a revenge. I am not a person who is seeking for a revenge and as a strong believer, if you don’t seek for revenge for these things, sometimes you get more blessings from God. We try to do our best to win this match and we are confident we can beat them”, Otto Addo added.
However, Uruguay’s striker, Luis Suarez is confident his team will beat the Black Stars once again.
According to him, Uruguay’s La Celeste has been watching the previous games of the Black Stars and is confident they can beat their porous defence. “We have one point and the final match against Ghana is do or die. We have no option than to win to make our fans happy. We are going in with our lives and soul in this last match, Ghana is a good team but we know them. We have beaten them before and we know how to beat them again. We have watched their video clips and they have porous defence, we will utilise on that to beat them.” the La Celeste striker said.
When asked if he apologized for what happened ten years ago, the La Celeste striker in a press said he will not apologise for something he did not do, he insisted that he was defending his country like any other player would do.
“I don’t need to apologize. I’d apologize if I injured a player but, in this situation, I handled the ball, I take a red card and the Ghana player missed the penalty. It’s not my fault. I didn’t miss the penalty. It’s not my responsibility,” Suarez said.
The clash against Uruguay will kick off at 3:00 GMT at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar.