Abedi impressed with Ghana’s start

16 years ago

Former Ghana captain, Abedi Ayew Pele says he has been impressed with the Black Stars’ performance in the qualifiers for the 2010 African Nations Cup and World Cup.

Ghana started promisingly enough, defeating Libya 3-0 through goals from Prince Tagoe, Junior Agogo and Laryea Kingston.

However, they looked far from impressive in their subsequent 3-2 away win over Lesotho with the Southern African nation scoring two late goals before falling to Gabon 2-0 in Libreville, which was a blow to the team’s qualifying campaign.

Ghana recovered sufficient composure to defeat the Gabonese by the same score margin, 2-0, at home last Sunday to regain top position in Group 5 of the qualifying campaign to bag nine out of twelve points in four qualifying matches.

Abedi glances around the continent’s qualifiers but with particular interest in Ghana’s campaign, says the Black Stars look like a side that can reach South Africa 2010.

“Nine out of twelve is impressive,” the former Black Stars number 10 said.

“Nigeria has twelve out of twelve which is hugely impressive but many of the big boys have struggled.

“It’s a positive reflection on the growing level of competition so we should be happy with what have been able to do.”

Ghana would resume the qualifiers in September with two games remaining in Group 5.

The Black Stars would be away to Libya in Tripoli before rounding up the group qualifiers with a home fixture against Lesotho in October.