|It Will Be Suicidal To Underestimate Malawi - Appiah|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 15:28|
Black Stars Coach, Kwesi Appiah says it will be suicidal to underrate Malawi, Ghana’s opponent for the last qualifier for next year’s African Cup of Nations scheduled for South Africa.
Appiah told GNA Sports: “Malawi is a very good side and underestimating them could be deadly. We played against them during our build up for the Gabon and Equatorial Guinea Nations Cup and they proved to be a very good side.”
The Black Stars will host the first leg between September 7-9 with the return game scheduled for mid October and Coach Appiah, says playing at home first would count for nothing unless his charges are able to start with a flyer.
“The fact that we are playing at home first does not give any superior advantage. These days, playing at home does not give any team a special edge. We will need to prepare very well for the game because our appearance at the South Africa tournament will depend on the outcome.
“Any teams who have made it to this stage must be good enough and we will walk into the game with such an approach and our sight on good results and qualification.”
The draw held last Thursday in Johannesburg split 30 teams into 15 home-and-away ties with the winners joining automatic qualifiers, South Africa, for the continent’s Holy Grail which will piece together the 16 best teams in Africa.
Ghana are four times champions of the competition and will be seeking an end to a three decade drought for a fifth Nations Cup glory.
If they go for the continental showpiece, it will mark the first of the tourney for an odd year.