Ghana captain Gyan urges team-mates to stay focused against Ethiopia

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The skipper, who is upbeat ahead of Sunday's meeting, wants his team to avoid defensive blunders that resulted in their defeat to Kenya
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has urged his team-mates to remain 'calm and focused' as they face Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group F qualifier in Addis Ababa on Sunday.
 
The Black Stars thrashed the Walias 5-0 in the first leg but need another win over them to smooth their path to the Afcon finals in Cameroon next year.
 
Gyan, whose last game and goal for Ghana happened in the first leg, admits the home fans would play a vital role in the return leg. 

"Ethiopia are not at the same level with the Black Stars especially in terms of statistics. However, this is football and since they won their game against Sierra Leone, it underlines that there is no easy side in the group so we must be calm and stay focused," Gyan said.

"They lack the cutting edge upfront so they hardly score many goals but they are good with possession. Their fans will be around in their numbers to cheer them on to victory so the pressure will be mounting on us.

"We need to be resolute at the back and limit the errors we will be making because that brought about the defeat against Kenya. We are hoping to win this game on Sunday despite everything," he added.

Ghana are in third position with three points, four points behind group leaders Kenya and a point below Ethiopia.

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