Sports News of Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Maxwell Konadu, the assistant coach of Ghana’s Black Stars B, says the team will not undertake or take Burkina Faso for granted when they clash in Ouagadougou on Saturday.
The Stars will be the guests of the Burkinabes in their Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifier and the Ghanaians are wary of the threat their hosts pose and are thus being cautious, despite being optimistic about their chances.
Maxwell Konadu who has handled the team for a greater part of their preparations due to other assignments of head coach, Kwasi Appiah, told the Graphic Sports that they have prepared well for the game and are hopeful of their chances.
“Technically, our preparations have been very good. I think we have made steady progress and we are hopeful of our chances, but that is no reason why we should be complacent or over-confident. The Burkinabes are a good side and they definitely would want to take advantage of them playing at home,” Konadu said.
“Ghana missed out on the last edition of the competition held in Cote d’Ivoire so we can’t afford not to be at the next event in Kenya. The players understand the mission ahead of us and they are determined to also make a name for themselves so, that is half of the job done, the remaining 50 per cent will be on the field on the day of play and we think we have prepared well for the task,” he emphasised.
Referee Issa SY from Senegal has meanwhile, been appointed to handle the match, with Serigne Cheikh Toure and Amadou Ngom both Senegalese, also named as his assistants. Daouda Gueye will be the fourth official.