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Sports News of Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Source: radioxyzonline.com

We pray for a favourable Group – GFA boss

Ghana is praying for a favourable Group in Fridays World Cup draw in the Brazilian city of Bahia.

The Stars are placed in pot 3 alongside fellow African countries Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, 1998 Champions France and South American giants Columbia.

This means that the Black Stars could be drawn against either World Champions Spain, host Brazil, giants Germany, Uruguay, Belgium, Argentina and Switzerland.

Speaking ahead of the draw president of the Ghana Football Association Kwasi Nyantakyi says Ghana is praying for a favourable opponent.

"A draw is a draw. You have very little input into it. You can't really determine which opponent you play but you always pray that you get a favourable opponent," GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi said.

"Having qualified to the World Cup, you must also brace yourself to the task and the challenge that you are going to meet strong opponents. Ghana have been placed in Pot 3, it means that that teams which rank higher than Ghana on the FIFA ranking are in Pots 2 and 1.

“There are even strong teams, some of them even former World champions who are in Pot 4, namely Italy and France.

"It means that it's going to be a very challenging task. We just need to know who are opponents are and we can plan out the necessary strategies to contain and overcome whatever threat they will pose our team."

The Black Stars, who came close to reaching the semi-finals at the 2010 finals in South Africa, will be seeking to improve on that feat. "I am hopeful that whoever we meet, we will be able to plan well, put our team in good shape so we can beat them.

"We want to build on our track record, our experience and progress even further than we got to at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. We are very expectant, very positive about our performance at the World Cup and that will begin with the draw on who we meet," Mr Nyantakti added.

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