Ghana coach: Nigeria and Senegal will be hungry to succeed in Russia

Ghana coach: Nigeria and Senegal will be hungry to succeed in Russia
Kwesi Appiah

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 15, 2018. 09:00

Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah believes that their African rivals Nigeria and Senegal will do well at the FIFA 2018 World Cup finals.

Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal as well as Nigeria are the five African nations which will participate in the global competition.

The Black Stars of Ghana failed to qualify for the tournament after after finishing third behind Egypt’s Pharaohs in their qualifying group.

Appiah, who was reappointed Ghana coach last year, tipped the two West African countries Senegal and Nigeria to excel during the World Cup which will be hosted by Russia.

"Most of the African countries at the World Cup have got very young squads. And I believe they can surprise many at the tournament," Kwesi said Ghana Soccer Net.

"Nigeria and Senegal are doing well with young players who want to achieve something," the 57-year-old tactician added.

"They only need the right mentality for the tournament and they can cause a surprise.”

Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria will be hoping to emulate Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon, who remain the only African countries to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles were pitted against Croatia, Argentina and Iceland in Group D. They will begin their group campaign against Croatia on Saturday at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

While Senegal’s Lions of Teranga will be up against Colombia, Japan and Poland in Group H. They will lock horns with Poland at the Otkritie Arena on Tuesday in their first game of the tournament.

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