Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 16:00
Ghana fans must not give up hope of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, according to Black Stars captain and all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan.
The West African side has qualified for the last three World Cups in succession, but their prospects of reaching Russia 2018 don’t look promising.
The Black Stars find themselves a full five points adrift of leaders Egypt in Group E after just two rounds of matches.
James Kwesi Appiah, who led Ghana to qualification for the 2014 tournament in Brazil, has retaken the reins of the team and will hope to turn their fortunes around.
His first task will be claiming successive wins over Congo, with the Black Stars hosting the Red Devils in Kumasi on Friday before facing the return match in Brazzaville next week Tuesday.
If Uganda can take points off Egypt in the other Group E matches, then it will open up the race for first place.
All Gyan wants is the support and belief of Ghana’s fans ahead of the home clash with Congo on Friday evening.
"What I can tell them is that they shouldn’t give up though we haven’t started our qualification matches well, but we have till the end," Gyan said after Tuesday's training, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.
"Friday’s game is what is important now and we need to go in all out and make sure we win, then we see what happens."
The Ghana v Congo match kicks off at 17h30 CAT on Friday and you can follow LIVE coverage of the clash here on AfricanFootball.