Sunday, June 07, 2009

Ghana - Mali WCQ: Mind games begin (1)

Ghana midfielder Michael Essien says the Black Stars are going all outfor maximum points when they take on Mali in a World Cup qualifier today.

The Chelsea ace joined his Black Stars colleagues on early on Friday morning after a court appearance in Accra over his ex-girlfriend.

Despite his court appearance for two days, the midfielder was spotted in East Legon, a suburb of Accra, jogging at night to keep him fit for the Mali tie.

Essien insists that he is mentally focused for the crucial clash and he is confident the Black Stars can rake all three points in the game in Bamako.

“I have put behind me everything as we are all firmly focused for this game, Essien told Ghanasoccernet.

“We are all ready to die for our country and I know we will succeed.

“We are not going for draw as we want the maximum three points in Mali. We have been to the World Cup and we want to go there again.”

Ghana will maintain top spot in Group Four if they beat the Malians in their backyard.