2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Abdallah: We are not afraid of Ghana

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*Kwesi Appia, *Ghana assistant coach
Zambia and Sudan particularly are two good football countries, so those will be difficult matches. Sudan knows us well as we keep drawing them in competitions. Countries that have never been to the World Cup are now all eager to get there, which makes it even more difficult for us. This group appears much more difficult than previous ones but the most important thing is to keep focused. We need to gather more information on the countries we are playing and until we get to the final round, concentration should be on our immediate opponents. I believe, however, that with the quality of our team we can sail through when we get there.

*Kalusha Bwalya, *Zambia FA President
We are in a tough draw but it could have been worse but I think we have enough fire power to qualify to the next round although we should be wary of Ghana who in my view are currently the best team on the continent. What we will do at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals will surely be an indicator of how far we can go in the World Cup qualifiers. So it is important for us to do well in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Mohamed 'Mazda' Abdallah, Sudan coach
This is a very difficult group because in my opinion it has the best teams from every level, Ghana is the best team in level 1, while Zambia is the best team in level 2 and I believe that Sudan is the best team in level 3, and even the fourth team which will be the winner from Lesotho and Burundi will also be a good team. We all have very high hopes to qualify from this group. We are currently going through qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations and we also have Ghana with us in the group. We have been doing very well in this campaign and we are currently equal with Ghana at the top of the group with ten points, so our game against Ghana in Khartoum will be decisive. We are not afraid of the big names, specifically Ghana. We already drew with them on their home ground during CAN qualifying, so we know that we are capable of qualifying.

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