Ghana’s Tariqe Fosu: Qatar win was very important

Ghana’s Tariqe Fosu: Qatar win was very important
Ghana's Tariqe Fosu. Image source/credit:

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 14, 2020. 12:00

Ghana national team newcomer Tariqe Fosu has underlined the importance of their 5-1 win over Qatar earlier this week.

The English-born Fosu, who made his senior international debut out of position at right-back in a 3-1 loss to Mali last weekend, enjoyed playing in a more natural wide attacking role and contributed his first goal as the Black Stars crushed 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar 5-1 on Monday.

“I am proud and happy that we got the result [against Qatar] because the other day, I made my debut but it wasn’t a good result, and I wanted to make sure that we put things right today,” the 24-year-old told the Ghana Football Association’s website.

“I played in my natural position today so I was allowed to express and show what I can do so I’m just happy that we got the result today and I hope all the fans are happy with it.”

Ghana used the matches against Mali and Qatar – both held in Turkey – to prepare for the resumption of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The Black Stars will have a double-header against Sudan in the next international break in November.

Fosu added, “The win was very important for us. The way we approached it was great because everyone had in mind that was a must-win game for the team.

“We listened to the coach, tactically we set up really good and obviously it shows what happens when you listen to the coach. So the win is very important, especially for the fans back home.

“I think if you compare the first game, there were a lot of new players, so I think we needed time to gel and to work with tactically and I think over the weekend we worked on some things with the gaffer and we did it really well.

“I think in the first half, especially, even though they had one chance and scored but I think we were very compact, and we didn’t give them no space and I think that was perfect and obviously quality showed the end, good result.”

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