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11.10.2005 Football News

Faisal to go for "cash" and pride

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Accra, Oct 11, GNA - When King Faisal trek as guest of AS Marsa of Tunisia in a crucial Confederations Cup duel on Saturday, their sole aim is no longer resting on playing for pride, but for "cash" as well. Faisal who fell out of contention after losing 1-2 to FAR of Morocco in their game in Accra last month intends fighting for the maximum points to ensure they get rewarded financially with a respectable position.

The second placed team in the group, which has the Moroccans as leaders and the sole qualifier to the finals would be entitled to a special cash prize.

Coach Francis Oti Akenteng told the GNA Sports "We have everything to lose without a favourable result on Sunday. We stand a chance of placing well and grabbing the cash prize which would do our financial fortunes a lot of good if we win". The coach who doubles as the handler of the national U-20 team would depart Accra on Wednesday aboard an Alitalia Flight to the North African Country with a 25-man contingent.

Faisal were 1-0 victors over their opponents in their first meeting in Accra when a late penalty kick converted by Abubakar Yahuza gave them the six points in two games and to solidify their hopes in the campaign.

Though he reckons Sunday's duel remain a tricky one, the coach said, "my boys are focused and ready to win this game to at least give fans something to cheer about and further improve our rankings on the continent". The Ghanaian team have nine points from five games.