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16.01.2006 Football News

Ghana's Blackstars must fall,Ouma vows

By Raymond-Radio B.A.R

SUPER Eagles' midfielder, Wilson Oruma has boasted that there will be no hiding place for Ghana's Back Stars when both countries meet in the 25th African Nations Cup Group D match on January 23.

Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe, in the same group, will fight for the two tickets at Port Said in Egypt.

Oruma, who played for his French team, Olympique Marseilles FC last weekend said in a radio programme which was monitored in Lagos that although he expected a tough challenge from the West African rival, Ghana, but it will be difficult for the Black Stars to stop Eagles.

"Even though I have not trained with the team because of my club assignment, I have the belief that the Super Eagles team will beat Ghana in the group opening match. It will be a test match, which I think all my colleagues in the Super Eagles are prepared for. I am always in touch with all of them in Faro and now that I am through with the club assignment, my attention is on the Nations Cup," Oruma stated.

The midfielder, who spoke before departing his base for Faro to join the Super Eagles, said that Ghana parades a team with tested players, but added that team work and determination will surely deliver the match to Nigeria.

Said Oruma: "As a player I have respect for all African players who will be featuring in the African Nations Cup in Egypt. But that does not mean that I should be afraid of them. I have had people talking of Stephen Appiah and other Ghanaian players. Yes, they are great, but people should know that there are many Stephen Appiahs in the Super Eagles squad. We are fully prepared for Ghana."

Oruma further stated that all the players who made the Super Eagles 23-man team list merited a place in the Nations Cup squad.

It will be recalled that Olympique Marseilles team officials requested for Oruma to stay behind to help the team persecute some league matches wh! ile his other Nigerian team mate, Taye Taiwo was released to join the Super Eagles at the Faro camp in Portugal.

The Nigerian team is expected to depart Faro for Port Said in Egypt on January 19 on a chartered flight provided by the Federal Government.