Ghana defender Harrison Afful has sent an encouraging message to Ghanaians back home saying the team would spring up a positive result against Portugal on Thursday to brighten their chances into the knockout stage of the World Cup.
The Black Stars take on their European counterparts in the final Group G hurdle at the 73,000 capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia on Thursday June 26. A game which will probably determine Ghana’s continued existence in the competition.
The Black Stars, who lost their opening game 2-1 to the USA and drew 2-2 with group favorite Germany in their second group game, are set to face a tough challenge from a Portuguese side led by the reigning World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ghana, notwithstanding the predicament, will have to count on a confirmatory result between Germany and the USA to determine qualification to the next round, as a draw between the two sides will not favor the Stars.
Afful, 27, who put up a splendid performance against Germany, is highly optimistic the team will record a positive result against the 2006 semi-finalists.
“We did great four years ago and I know Ghanaians are expecting a lot from us. We are not going to let them down. We want to reach very far. And to reach that far we have to take this Portugal game very serious. So we are fully prepared and ready for the battle, and we are surely going to deliver,” the Esperance player affirmed.
Ghana for the third time will be on a quest to advance to the knockouts stages after doing so in their two previous World Cups. Getting to the last 16 and quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010 respectively.