Ghana Black Stars are languishing over the level of injuries to five of key players ahead of the clash with the Cranes of Uganda.
The Black Stars Coach has insisted on the confidence of his charges around to deliver on Saturday in Kampala.
Captain Asamoah Gyan who missed out before the second leg game against Congo could not make it again, Afriyie Acquah, Thomas Agyepong, Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah have all missed the trip due to injuries but he is banging his hopes on the players left in camp now to deliver.
Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu has also confirmed his exit after his club reported of his unavailability due to some injections he took after the game against Liverpool on Saturday.
Coach James Kwasi Appiah met the Kenyan press yesterday and explained matters of concern in relation to the injuries at his camp.
“We tried to increase the number of players in camp should any one sustained any injury other players can fit in. It looks like injury situation is increasing day in day out but we are trying to manage because preferably we were hoping to get the full house but unfortunately Thomas Agyepong, Harrison, Jonathan Mensah, Captain Asamoah Gyan and Afriyie Aquah are all out.” Appiah told Pressmen in Nairobi
“We are still monitoring and that is why it is a national team, you don’t always depend on few players. We are hoping those in camp will give up their best to get victory for the nation”
Ghana will play as guests to Uganda on Saturday at the Mandela National Stadium needing a win to brighten their chances of making it to Russia next year.
Moreover, the Ayew brothers who have been integral members of the team for sometime now were dropped amid some controversies during the last home game for the Stars.
Uganda needs two straight wins and hope that Egypt looses or draws against Congo in Cairo. Meanwhile, Ghana are also praying for the same fate in order to qualify.
Egypt leads the group with 9 points with Uganda on second with 7 points and then Ghana at third with 5 points.
Kickoff is 1:00 GMT.