Ghana Players Won’t Relax For Fear Of Card Suspension Against Niger

Posted On Saturday, 26th January 2013

Ghana players celebrating a goal at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah does not expect his players to be overly cautious against Niger with the fear of missing the quarter-final.

Midfielders Mohammed Rabiu and Albert Adomah have been booked already and defender John Pantsil is also on a yellow card.

Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda must also play safe in order not to attract another yellow card to avoid a mandatory one-match ban. 

Mubarak Wakaso is suspended for Monday’s final Group B encounter after picking up two yellow cards.

“Once you wear the jersey, you need to give off your best,” Appiah said on Saturday at his pre-match conference.

“There are some things like taking off your shirt when you score, when you do that you will get a yellow card, you will be cautioned.

“But as to going in for tackles, as a midfielder you just have to do that to make sure that you defend the flag of Ghana.”

Ghana are in pole position to qualify to the last eight after picking up four points from two matches.

Appiah wants his troops to play according to the rules of the game.

“They will all be cautioned as how you they go into tackles but for me having a yellow card does not mean you should go out there and relax. In that aspect, then it’s better you sit on the bench.”