Joseph Yammin Deplores Media Hype Over Egypt Quality Ahead Of Ghana Showdown
By Patrick Akoto
The frenetic wall-to-wall media coverage surrounding the quality of the Egyptian national team ahead of their World Cup play-offs against Ghana has provoked a backlash from the country’s deputy minister Joseph Yammin.
The storm of media coverage that began immediately after the draw in Cairo has swung into full gear as the day draws closer to the hugely anticipated fixture at the Baba Yara stadium.
The country’s deputy sports minister is worried the media in Ghana have over-hyped the quality of their opponent, which he believes has deflated the faith of many local fans ahead of their meeting against the North African side in two weeks time.
He has chastised the media for failing to inspire confidence among fans by highlighting the quality of the Ghanaian side rather than focus on hyping ‘overrated’ Egyptian side.
‘Today you ask anybody about the chances of our team and you can sense some sense of fear and desperation. The media is to be blamed for such a scenario,’ Yammin told Happy FM
‘Our media have concentrated so much on the Egyptians that it makes you feel we have a weakened team.
‘We have Sulley Muntari who is in top shape at a world-class team like AC Milan. There is Kevin-Prince Boateng from Schalke, Andre Ayew is doing well at Marseille and even scored a goal last weekend, Essien is at Chelsea, Kwadwo Asamoah is in fine form at Juventus.
‘And the list is endless. And so why the sudden feel of anxiety so to speak? Admittedly the Egyptian team have some good players but they cannot compare themselves to us.
‘We have a solid team that can take on any team in the world. So why the so much fuss about Egypt, Egypt?
‘It’s time we highlight the potential of our team and stop this Egypt phobia which has largely been driven by the media.’
Coach Kwesi Appiah has named a strong 25-man squad to face the Pharaohs at the Baba Yara stadium on October 15.
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