ACCRA – Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is optimistic that he and his team-mates can deliver the requisite result when they tackle Egypt in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off in Kumasi Tuesday night.
Though the rising Udinese star is wary of the Pharaohs, who have had a flawless campaign so far with six wins in six games, Badu assured that the Black Stars were determined and motivated to get the job done.
"They are a very respectable side and their record in the competition so far attests it. I noticed they are good passers of the ball if you allow them to play, it always requires a very tight strategy to contain them. Notwithstanding, we are determined to do well and I am hopeful we will deliver." Badu told Cafonline.com.
The 23-year-old, who scored the winning penalty that ensure Ghana lifted the 2009 U-20 World Cup title, is looking forward to his first ever appearance at the senior showpiece after missing out four years ago due to injury.
"Personally, I am very hungry and collectively we are as well. It will be my first World Cup at the senior level if we qualify and for most of the players like Asamoah Gyan, Richard Kingston among others, it will be their third successive appearance so we are very motivated."
Badu however revealed the pressure on the Black Stars when he said: "It will be a massive loss if we fail to qualify, and for that reason the expectations on us is a little heavy and we do not want to fail our fans and ourselves."
With Egypt having the advantage of hosting the decisive second leg, Badu is hoping the Black Stars get a good win at home to ease the challenge of the return leg.
"A good result will be scoring enough goals and conceding none. It is important to have a good cushion before the second leg in Cairo in November." – SuperSport