Patrick Razak (right) and Amos Frimpong will need the advise of Coach Mawell Konadu (left) to win the game
Ghana’s Black Stars B will open their account at this year’s West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations when they take on Gambia’s Scorpions at the Cape Coast Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).
With $100,000 winner’s prize up for grabs, there are strong incentives to drive the 16 participating teams to their competitive best and the host team and head coach, Maxwell Konadu, carry the weight of expectation to succeed as
the competition comes on the heels of the team’s failure to qualify for next
year’s CHAN in Kenya.
The WAFU tournament offers Konadu and his charges a perfect opportunity to banish the
CHAN 2018 fiasco and win Ghanaians back to the team.
Also, a good start by Ghana is important not only for the team but also to drive supporters to the
match venues — Cape Coast Stadium and Nduom Sports Stadium at Elmina — during the
September 9-24 tournament.
Despite having home advantage, Black Stars B must not expect an easy ride against the
Scorpions tomorrow, and their recent 1-2 loss to Burkina Faso was a timely warning that the
Gambians should not be taken lightly despite their relative lack of clout in African football.
Perhaps their disappointing outing in the CHAN qualifiers and the weight of expectation from
Ghanaians will spur Coach Konadu and his charges on to start well tomorrow and qualify for the
group stage from which two sides will move to the semi-finals.
Konadu and his players have been camping in Takoradi preparing for the tournament and look poised to beat the Gambians tomorrow