Appiah targets Congo scalp in plot to beat Egypt to Russia 2018

The Black Stars boss says his outfit are hoping to pick up full points in their coming games to shoot themselves into a qualifying spot

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah is treading cautiously ahead of their upcoming double-header against Congo in 2018 World Cup qualifying.

The Black Stars, who currently sit third in Group E, host the Red Devils on September 1, four days before the return encounter in Brazzaville.

"Congo have a good team," Appiah told

"Nobody in this group can be taken lightly.

"On the contrary, we have to approach every match in the same manner, with the same desire."

Despite sitting five points adrift of group leaders Egypt and three marks below Uganda after matchday two, Appiah refuses to give up hopes of reaching the global showpiece.

"Every team has played two matches, so we've got four games left each and 12 points to play for," said, the 57-year-old.

"Anything is still possible, so long as we keep working hard and we perform well. 

"We'll have to see what happens, but I think anyone in the group can still qualify.

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"We're sitting on one point, while Egypt have got six. However, we're going to try to win our upcoming matches and leapfrog them."

Ghana have been ever-present at the World Cup since 2006, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010 edition in South Africa.