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07.10.2008 Football News

Appiah brimming with confidence

Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is confident that they will beat Lesotho on Saturday to reach the second phase of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. 

The Black Stars take on the Crocodiles in the final game of Group Five and must beat the southern African side convincingly to advance to the next stage.


Libya are in pole position in the group as they must only avoid defeat in Gabon to be assured of the group's top place.


But the midfielder says the Black Stars are determined to beat Lesotho and at least clinch one of the eight places for the best runners-up.


"The confidence in camp is high and we are aware that the Libyans have the advantage because of the points they have accumulated," Appiah told


"We know Gabon are very strong at home and they won't be push-overs. But we are only concentrating on our game.


"We know what is at stake and we live up to expectation and qualify to the second phase."


Ghana will be missing three keys players for the game as Chelsea's Michael Essien has been ruled out of the tie because of injury.


Scotland-based Laryea Kingston will also not be available as he is suspended while Quincy Owusu Abeyie was excluded because of disciplinary problems.


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