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Wakaso, Ati-Zigi looking to the future after Egypt deadlock

20:11 GMT+3 13/11/2017
Mubarak Wakaso
Both players believe the Black Stars still have a bright future despite failing to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup

Impressed by Sunday's performance, midfielder Mubarak Wakaso wants the Black Stars to build on the 1-1 stalemate with Egypt.

Ghana dug deep to force a draw in the home fixture at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium as Edwin Gyasi scored on 63 minutes to cancel out Mahmoud Shikabala's opener on the hour mark.

The game was the final of a disappointing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign that saw the Black Stars win only one of six group matches.

“I was very happy with our output," Wakaso told Metro TV.

"I think we played well and controlled the game, we created more chances just that we could not win.

“It was a good game considering the fact that there were many new players in the team. 

"I hope we can build on this performance.”

Reserve goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi shared Wakaso's opinion.

“This is a young team and I am very hopeful we can take Ghana far," the France-based shot-stopper, on the books of Sochaux, added.

"The future of the team is bright as far as I am concerned.

“I believe we have what it takes to carry the team on our shoulders when our seniors are not around."

The Black Stars return to action in March 2018 when they play away to Kenya in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.