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Soccer News of Thursday, 21 January 2010

Source: football365

Asamoah eyes Angola upset

Midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is looking forward to silencing the home crowd when Ghana tackle Angola in the AFCON quarter-finals.

The hosts will pose a tough challenge for the Black Stars, who have looked less than impressive at the showpiece.

A narrow 1-0 win over Burkina Faso On Tuesday secured Ghana's place in the last eight and the Udinese playmaker, who has been raking up the plaudits, is keen to down the Black Antelopes.

"We played them before in a friendly and know much about them. It will definitely be a difficult match," he said.

Angola will enjoy massive support during the encounter, but Asamoah is not fazed by the hosts' support base.

"When we played against them in the friendly, it was the same atmosphere. It had no effect on our play and so will it be this time," he added.

"In football, supporters don't count; it is the pitch that determines the winner."

Asamoah is hoping that the Black Stars will be boosted by the return of key players from injury.

"Hopefully, we will have some our colleagues back. Michael (Essien) is not returning, but the return of others will be pivotal," concluded the 21-year-old.