Tuesday, June 02, 2009

What Milo REALLY thinks of Mali

June 7, 2009.

The day the Black Stars of Ghana play Mali in that long awaited qualifier for the World Cup and Nations' Cup in 2010.

But till now we have not known what the Ghanaian coach thinks of the opposition.

Thankfully, fifa.com spoke to him and I got these quotes from Milo.

"They (Mali) have excellent and exciting individuals playing in the best teams in Europe

"You cannot underestimate them. They want to win, but we also want good results from this match.

"We have the psychological edge and we have to use it."

And although Ghana may be smug about news that Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra will be unavailable, the team has injury issues of its own, prompting the call up of Zamalek striker Junior Agogo.

But Rajevac feels Agogo's impressive strike rate of 11 goals in 25 games for his country is one that could fire Ghana to South Africa next June.

"I'm a bit concerned about his match fitness, but I know he has been training very hard.

Junior is a good player, he works hard and I trust him. At this time of the year, players are going to the off-season and it's not uncommon for most of them to carry injuries.

As a coach, I expect that, I can't do anything about it."