Former Nigeria coach says Ghana must score three goals against Egypt

Ahram Online, Friday 4 Oct 2013

Samson Siasia believes only a 3-0 first-leg win for Ghana over Egypt will see them qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil

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File photo: Egypt celebrate scoring a goal against Ghana in the 2010 African Cup of Nations final (Photo: Reuters)

Ghana should defeat Egypt at least 3-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff if they are to reach next year’s finals in Brazil, former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia said on Friday.

The Black Stars host Egypt in the first leg on 15 October in Kumasi. The second leg will take place in Cairo on 19 November.

“If you have a 3-0 cushion win at home, it is going to make it easier,” Siasia, who is best known for leading Nigeria’s U-23 side to the 2008 Olympic Games final in Beijing, told Ghanaian radio Nhyira FM.

“It is also important that you don’t concede because you know how it is like going to Egypt. You should try as much as possible to score as many as you can and ensure you don’t concede.

“Because once you concede, trust me the Egyptians will score at their home to get to the World Cup.”

Egypt had the upper hand in their last competitive meeting with Ghana, beating them 1-0 in the 2010 African Cup of Nations final in Angola in a cagey affair that yielded few goal scoring opportunities.

The Pharaohs are eyeing their first World Cup appearance since 1990, while Ghana are seeking to reach the tournament for the third consecutive time, having reached the quarter finals in their last appearance in 2010.

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