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Ghana can't qualify to 2018 World Cup, says Polo

17:18 GMT+3 02/09/2017
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The former Black Star believes the four-time African champions will be present at the Fifa World Cup for the first time since 2006

Former Ghana international Mohammed Ahmed Polo insists that the Black Stars are out of the race to the 2018 Fifa World Cup after sharing the spoils 1-1 with Congo at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Friday.

The stalemate means the Black Stars are winless in three games, picking only two points and sit five points behind leaders Uganda with upcoming away games against the Cranes and Congo.

"Qualification to the World Cup next year is now not possible for Ghana after the draw at home against Congo," Polo told Metro FM.

"We couldn't create a lot of chances in the game. We didn't lose but we didn't get what we were looking for because a win would've helped us than the stalemate.

"Football is not only played on the field but outside the field too. Preparations outside the field ahead of the game weren’t the best. The dispute between Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi and his vice George Afriyie also affected the Black Stars. This is because there was no unity in the leadership and had a negative impact on the team," he added.

Polo also believes that coach Kwesi Appiah must not hand call-ups to majority of the senior players currently in the team for the subsequent matches.

"We have to do an overhaul in the Black Stars set up. The whole team needs drastic change. Some of the players have been around for long and are getting old. We need to rebuild and start planning towards the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by Qatar," he said.

Ghana will play Congo in the return leg of the qualifiers on Tuesday while Egypt host Uganda in Alexandria.