News Live Scores

Gyan reveals why Ghana won't spare Egypt at Afcon

09:50 SAST 2017/01/24
Asamoah Gyan, Ghana
The Black Stars skipper says they are eyeing a revenge following a defeat to the Pharaohs in World Cup qualifying two months back

Ghana may have already booked passage to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations but the Black Stars are not ready to rest on their oars ahead of the last group fixture against Egypt on Wednesday.

The four-time champions have not won the continental title since 1982, and following separate 1-0 wins over Uganda and Mali in their first two games, Avram Grant's charges look set for yet another try to end a 35-year trophy drought.

Seven-time winners Egypt are Ghana's next opponents in Gabon, and having picked a 2-0 victory over the Black Stars in a World Cup qualifying fixture in November, the North Africans are all but set to face a side on revenge mission.

"We want to finish with a 100 per cent record and the only way to do that is to beat Egypt on Wednesday," Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has told Happy FM.

"We all know we have qualified, but we want to get the three points and also revenge the defeat in the World Cup qualifiers.

“We’ll be approaching the Egypt match with revenge on our minds.

“When we beat them, it’ll physiologically serve as a motivation when we meet again in the World Cup qualifiers [return fixture].

"People might think that because we’ve already progressed to the next stage, we’re going to play soft, but I can assure them that we’re poised to finish the group stage with a 100% record."

Ghana host Egypt in November in their last match of the 2018 World Cup qualifying.

The Black Stars will, however, play Congo and familiar foes Uganda prior to that big clash in 10 months time.