Member of the Ghana Football Association Executive Council, Dr. Randy Abbey, has emphasised the need for the Black Stars to prioritise qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, following their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Madagascar in Kumasi.
In a post-match statement, Dr. Abbey acknowledged the challenges faced by the team in securing the win, with Inaki Williams providing a last-gasp goal.
Despite the victory, he stressed the importance of the Black Stars living up to their 'big boys' status in matches.
"If we say we are big boys, we need to do what big boys do, and so we have no chance than to top the group and go to the World Cup," Dr. Abbey said in an interview with Citi FM monitored by ModernGhana News.
He emphasised that qualification for the World Cup should be the team's number one priority, considering their record in international football.
The call to action comes in the wake of the team's recent struggles, including a 3-2 loss to Comoros in an Africa Cup of Nations game in Cameroon.
Reflecting on the upcoming challenges, Dr. Abbey urged the Black Stars to learn from past experiences and approach the World Cup qualifiers with the determination to secure a top position in the group.
"Qualification to the World Cup must be your number one priority," he added.
Comoros, the next opponent for Ghana, had a bright start in the qualifiers, beating the Central African Republic 4-2 in Moroni.