Soccer News of Monday, 9 September 2013
Olympique Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew has said that the path to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has not ended for Ghana even after defeating Zambia last Friday.
The Black Stars got the better part of the Chipolopolo via two goals to one at the Baba Yara Stadium to book a place in the final play-off round of the qualifiers.
Ayew, who played the entire duration of the match, said after the match that despite the celebration that should follow such a key victory, Brazil would only be possible after the play-offs.
"We are happy, but though I admit that we could have done better, it was a good game for us.
We have not yet qualified so we should not get too excited. There is still a lot more left to do.
We need to think ahead, see the team the draw gives us and prepare for that."
He played down the events that surrounded the game including the Zambians' late arrival to the match venue and their decision to train at the car park of the Stadium after being refused entry to the field said that quality of the Black Stars was the main difference.
"We were a much better side than the Zambians on the day, but they are a good team.
We had more experience and we played with our minds. Our fans were with us today, they supported us through it all and we are happy with the result.
Personally, I was pleased with the atmosphere and it felt good to be back."
He also said that he and his team-mates were looking forward to playing in another World Cup after making it to Germany in 2006 and South Africa in 2010.
The draw for the play-off round of the qualifiers is on the 16th of September in Cairo and Ghana is likely to be seeded if its current second place ranking on the continent remains intact.