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05.06.2006 Sports News

Dujkovic is cautiously optimistic

By JFM
Dujkovic is cautiously optimistic

Black Stars coach, Ratomir Dujkovic, is cautiously optimistic about the chances of the team at the 2006 World Cup.

The Black Stars capped a month long final build up with a confidence boosting 3-1 win over South Korea in their last warm up match at the Easter Road Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Though happy with the result, Dujkovic says the Asians did not provide the expected opposition for his team.

"This moment, everybody is confident in our group amd we believe we can do a good work in the World Cup.

"We know Korea is very strong like always but I think they didn't push so much as they usually did but on our side, we played better."

The Black Stars may have left it late but most Ghanaian fans have rediscovered their faith in the team with just four days to the big World Cup kick off in Germany.

Serbian coach, Ratomir Dujkovic made four changes to the squad that thumped Jamaica's Reggae Boyz in Leicester, with Kotoko's Shilla Illiasu replacing Sammy Kuffuor in the heart of defence.

The Black Stars ended the first half 1-0 up through an Asamoah Gyan penalty kick in 35th minute. Back from recess, Eul-Yong Lee equalized for South Korea.

But Sulley Muntari put Ghana back in the lead again nodding in from a freekick in the 62nd minute.

Michael Essien grabbed the third for the Stars to complete a flowing move with just five minutes remaining on the clock.

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