Former Ghana defender Anthony Baffoe has charged Black Stars players to “show hunger” on Friday when they face Gabon in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Black Stars lost their opening game 1-0 against Morocco and cannot afford to drop points against the Panthers, who have been boosted by the return of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Arsenal forward missed the win over Comoros due to a positive Covid-19 test.
“You see, you must show hunger, hunger to win. Aubameyang has recovered. I don’t care if Abdul Mumin, Jonathan Mensah, [Alexander] Djiku or Daniel Amartey is going to play in central defence- I don’t care,” the former CAF General Secretary told the players after Thursday’s final training session at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium where the match will be played.
“From day one when you move out of the dressing room when you go into the tunnel, they must feel you, no smiles. It’s no more jokes. Gabon is going to fall tomorrow.
Andre Ayew, who missed training on Wednesday, joined his teammates for the final session on Thursday evening. He is set to start, same as Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew, Baba Rahman and Daniel Amartey.
Mubarak Wakaso trained separately and is a doubt for the crucial match.
”Captain Dede Ayew, Thomas Partey, [Mubarak] Wakaso, Jordan [Ayew], Baba [Rahman], Jonathan Mensah. Why am I mentioning you? Daniel Amartey- because you are people who have been in the team for long. People like you, you can’t allow yourself to have a bad day, added Baffoe.
”It is not possible to have a bad day. Sweat for the nation, sweat for the flag of Ghana, sweat for the shirt and sweat for your families…”