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2022 WCQ: We defeated Ethiopia and that was the objective – Akonnor

CK Akonnor

Ghana coach, C.K. Akonnor, has admitted that his team did not play exciting football as expected but the important thing was to secure the win against Ethiopia.

The West African country kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a home game against Ethiopia on Friday night at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Mubarak Wakaso’s 35-minute goal proved the difference as the Black Stars narrowly beat the Walia Ibex of Ethiopia.

Despite the victory, the style of play did not sit well with fans and journalists who witnessed the game at the Cape Coast Stadium.

“We knew our opponents very well. We know they are a team that possesses the ball a lot and we are aware of their threats. Yes, I know we were not as exciting as the fans would want but they also possessed the ball without being a danger to us. They posed no threat to us during the game,” CK Akonnor said after the game.

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“What was important was that anytime we had the chance to attack, we did that. Though we were not clinical enough to score more goals.

“We were not worried when they were possessing the ball but what we were concerned about was our inability to be clinical upfront. We also lost possession a few times in the midfield as well but the most important thing is that we won and we have the three points and that is all that matters,” he added.

Ghana will next take on the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a second world cup qualifier on Monday September 6, 2021.

The team has left the shores of the country on Saturday morning. The Black Stars will be hosted at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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