Gladson Awako and Abdul Ganui deserve to be in Black Stars starting XI – Bernhard Lippert

Ghana Football Association [GFA] technical director, Bernhard Lippert believes Gladson Awako and Abdul Ganiu deserves to be in Black Stars starting line up.

The pair played in Black Stars final game in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] against Sao Tome at the Accra Sports Stadium in the 3-1 win.

Ganiu, Asante Kotoko won the hearts of Ghanaians with his impressive performance against South Africa where Ghana held home to a 1-1 drawn game at the FNB Stadium last weekend to book their qualification for the tournament that will be hosted in Cameroon.

The central defender again enjoyed the full throttle of the game on Sunday. However, Awako, who is the captain of the Great Olympics and U-20 World Cup winner was introduced into the game in the second half and was hailed for his display.

According to Lippert, it will be difficult to assess home players with the game against Sao Tome since they are not a top side but stressed that the pair especially deserve a place in the starting line up of the team.

“In the training, they showed a very good performance but today it’s not enough to track them. I can assess Ismail Abdul Ganiu, he made two very good matches but the other players it was on the 20-minute much time.

“Talking about Gladson Awako, we know what he can do but we have to see him again and again on this level.

“Also, Sao Tome is not at the highest level for me so it’s difficult to assess a player.

“Gives him [Gladson Awako] more time, they are adopting very well in training so I think more players like Ismail Abdul Ganiu will make the way to the first eleven in the squad,” he added.

Justice Blay and Imoro Ibrahim all featured against Sao Tome.

Chelsea-owned left-back Baba Rahman rounded off the Black Stars’ scoring in the second half after Jordan Ayew and Nicholas Opoku gave the Black Stars a two-goal advantage.

A howler from Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora led to a goal from Fernandes Carvalho. It was the island nation’s third goal of the campaign, having conceded 16 goals.

The win ensures Black Stars finish top of Group C, with Sudan securing the second spot after they beat South Africa 2-0 in Omdurman.

With qualification secured, the focus now is to end the long wait for the title. The Black Stars last lifted the Afcon trophy in 1982.

Source: Modern Ghana



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