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21.11.2008 Football News

Can we make SA 2010 trip?

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Many were those who left the Ohene Djan Stadium, after the Stars-Carthage game last Wednesday, crestfallen.

Their reason was simple, the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, failed to glitter as expected.

It was Skipper Stephen Appiah, young Andre Dede Ayew, and goalkeeper Richard Kingson, who played above average in the international friendly, which ended in a goalless draw.

The team's lackluster performance, left may soccer fans wondering whether Ghana's second successive World Cup appearance would be feasible.

The Stars' game was characterised by faulty passes, lack of urgency on the part of the attackers, while there were few lapses in the heart of the field where Daniel Yeboah failed to stamp his authority.

But the head coach of the Black Stars, Milovan Rajevac, has revealed in a post match press conference, that the absence of some of the key charges really affected his game plan.

“We had very limited period to train, just two days, so they struggled to strike their usual cord,” he said through a translator.

He pointed out that the doors to the team were still open to other players home and abroad, and that he would keep trying until March. He admitted the fact that the

Tunisians were a better side, hence their inability to muscle their way through. Coach Milo also gave the assurance of Ghana qualifying to her second streak World Cup campaign.