Soccer News of Saturday, 1 February 2014


Konadu mulls Stars approach against Libya

When Ghana face Libya in the final of the African Nations' Championships on Saturday, they will be meeting a team led by a very experienced Javier Clemente.

With 22 years of experience, Clemente is battle-hardened as he comes against the relatively youthful Maxwell Konadu, his opposite number.

"I think the Libyans are a good side and we all agree to that. They have a well-experienced coach. We have to be very careful with our approach. I think the match is going to be a very difficult match because both teams know each other very well," noted the Ghana boss.

The Stars drew 1-1 with Libya in the group stage.

Both sides reached the final after winning on penalties; Ghana are a key man short with the red card to Kwabena Adusei. But Konadu does not agree that his side are brute.

Konadu also told the Ghana FA website: "Normally, we were not expecting what happened on the pitch the last time we had a red card. It was something that we never thought would happen. I don't think that is our style of play. We are not too physical a team as some people might think.

"We have a team that is technically better than the physical aspect of the game and knowing our opponents too, we know they are very fast with some skillful players, so we just need to take our time so that we are not taken unawares."

The game kicks off at 2030 CAT (1830 GMT).