Appiah to use Egypt fixture to assess new players, says Gyan

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The Black Stars captain believes they have to defeat the Pharaohs to save their blushes

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says they are battle ready for Egypt in the final game of 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers scheduled for November 12 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

Gyan, 31, picked a thigh injury on Wednesday and will, therefore, undergo further tests in Accra on Thursday but believes coach Kwesi Appiah can use the game against the Pharaohs to assess the new players.

“We have the enthusiasm to play and win for the nation. We are at least playing for pride," Gyan said.

"Despite the fact that we did not make it to the World Cup, we have been more competitive. A win is going to help us move up in the Fifa ranking and also the game is offering the coaches the chance to monitor the new players and they can prove themselves to Ghanaians,” he added.

Gyan also called on Cape Coast’s residents to fill the stadium since this is the first time the Black Stars are playing in the city in several years.

"I've not played in this stadium before and this is the first time I'm coming with the Black Stars to Cape Coast so I will entreat the people here to come in their numbers to support us.

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"I wasn't around but I watched on TV how they supported the Black Stars B to win the Wafu tournament so they can repeat it once again. We will be hoping to enjoy the game with them as we prepare for the future," he said.

Aside Gyan, Newcastle United midfielder Christian Atsu is also likely to miss the game after failing to recover fully from an injury he sustained in the Premier League against Bournemouth.

 

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