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27.02.2009 Football News

Black Stars go for must-win game

By Ghana FA
Black Stars go for must-win game

This is going to be a key game for both Ghana and Libya as the two sides prepare for the crucial Group B clash at the African Nations Championship.

Ghana need a victory today, first to enhance their chances of reaching the next round and also to respond to a series of questions asked of the Black Stars' opening day performance.

Though Milovan Rajevac would be without Ofosu Appiah, who is suspended for the game against Libya, some changes are expected as he anticipates his Black Stars to improve their work ethic in today's clash in Bouake.

A Rahim Ayew brace secured a point for Ghana in the first game against Zimbabwe and made sure that the Black Stars would be taking a valuable point into the match with the Greens.

Ghana never really played well in the opening game after coming from two goals down to draw level.

However the Serbian is charging his Stars to produce the results in the must-win encounter against the North African nation.

“I was not impressed with my team's performance. The players know what is ahead, I expect more in our next game (Libya match),” the Black Stars coach said.

Libya also had their own problems in their opening game, losing 2-0 to DR Congo, a result which saw them slump to the bottom of the four-team table.

But there is everything to play for as the same Greens squad that beat the regular Black Stars team 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in September would be fired up for the game in a bid to avoid elimination.

A win for the Black Stars will put them in a good position to qualify for the semi finals as they would have four points after two matches.

The African Nations Championship is a tournament designed exclusively for players who play in their domestic leagues.