Ghanaians turn to God against Pharaohs

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Black Stars of Ghana in a training session. Twitter photo.
Black Stars of Ghana in a training session. Twitter photo.

Ghanaians on Sunday embarked on prayers for the success of Black Stars in their encounters for the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

According to APA Christians in Accra throng churches to pray Black Star’s win the Pharaohs of Egypt in Alexandria later on Sunday.

At the Wesley Cathedral Methodist Church in Cape Coast, the congregation prayed for the players to be up to the task of not only keeping the Egyptians at bay but winning the match.

Many Ghanaians have called for caution against the Pharaohs, who are perceived to be dangerous opponents especially when playing at home.

The Black Stars played a goalless draw at home to the Cranes of Uganda in the opening World Cup qualifier for Russia 2018.

Ghana occupy third place in Group B with 1 point.

Uganda top the group with four points followed by Egypt with three and Congo in fourth (0).

On Friday, Ghana Football Supporters Union visited the residence of the National Chief Imam Dr Shiekh Nuhu Shaributu where Muslim prayer was said for the players.

Ghana have qualified for the World Cup, three times, 2006, 2010 when they reached the quarterfinal and in 2014.

Meanwhile, Ghanaian coach Avram Grant is not likely to effects changes to his familiar lineup for the Egypt game.

Goalkeeper Razak Brimah is expected to feature along with the back four of Harrison Afful at right, Baba Rahman at left and Daniel Amartey of Leicester City and John Boye in central defence.

Torino’s Afriyie Acquah is expected to partner Mubarak Wakaso in midfield with stand-in captain Andre Ayew playing a deep role behind his younger brother Jordan Ayew.

Anderlect’s Frank Achempong and Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu will both play on the right and left flanks respectively.

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