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19.03.2009 Football News

Dramani: Ghana will beat Benin

Ghana midfielder Haminu Dramani is confident the Black Stars will beat Benin in a World Cup qualifier later this month despite being left out of the squad.


The Russia-based winger was not named in Coach Milovan Rajevac's 22-man squad for the Group Four match in Kumasi on 29 March.

But the 2006 World Cup hero says he will work hard to regain his position to help the country qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Even though he not is part of the squad to play the Squirrels, Dramani says the Black Stars will get their campaign off to a flying start.

"We will definitely beat Benin convincingly because we have the men to do the job and all the players are determined," Dramani told

"I can assure Ghanaians that there will be no excuses because we will beat the guys from Benin.

"This will ensure that in the subsequent matches of the qualifiers we are comfortable."

Dramani recently left Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow to join rivals Kuban Krasnodar in a bid to get regular first team action

The winger, who plays for Kuban Krasnodar, is not angry that he has been left out of the squad and says he will fight to return to the fold.

"I am not mad that I have been left out. There are many players so if some others have been given the chance lets all rally behind them," he said.

"We must encourage and support the team to ensure that we get the ultimate aim of beating Benin. It's not about Dramani. It's about Ghana.

"This tells me that I must work harder and that is what I am doing so that when the next squad is called I am in the best position to serve my country.

"I have changed teams and I have started playing regular first team football so I am confident I will return to the national team soon."

The Black Stars are seeking to hit the ground running when they take on the Squirrels in Kumasi in the opening game of the second phase of the qualifiers.

Dramani came to the attention of football world at the 2006 World Cup when he scored one of the goals that helped Ghana to reach the second round of the competition in Germany.

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