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2017 WAFU: Ghana hit by injuries ahead of semi-final clash


The medical team of the local Black Stars is racing against time to get five key players of the team fit before Ghana’s semi-final clash against Group B’s runner-up on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Five key players in the team have picked up injuries and could miss the remaining games of the tournament unless they can be nursed back by the medical team.

The injuries affected the team’s performance against Nigeria in Ghana’s final group game played on Monday evening.

The Stars lost 0-2 to the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast Stadium on Monday. Goals from Anthony Okpotu and Moses Peter ensured Nigeria booked a place in the semi-finals.

Isaac Twum, Gideon Waja, Thomas Abbey, Amos Frimpong and Ahmed Adams are the injured players in the Stars camp.

Head coach of the Black Stars “B”, Maxwell Konadu, attributed his team’s poor showing against Nigeria to the injuries, and hopes he can get as many players back before the semis on tomorrow.

Speaking to the press, Maxwell Konadu said, “We had a lot of challenges coming into this game, which we couldn’t make it public. It is not about the goals we conceded but how fit our players were for the game. There was no time to recover well for this important match. Some of our players were injured but we managed to end the game.

“The players have done their best and I think Nigeria were the better side and we all agree with that and we could manage the injury situation until the end of the game. Most of our players got injured even in the first half but we didn’t get the opportunity to make those changes.

“We were forced to change Isaac Twum in the first half. The level at which we competed in the first two games was very high and I wasn’t expecting the team to compete at that same level in this match.

“We have to congratulate Nigeria because they had the desire to win the game and we can’t take anything away from them.

“The next match is the most important one and we hope the medical team works on the team. We will perform better on Thursday,” he added.

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