India face tall-order against Ghana in a bid to secure qualification

Ross Houston
October 12, 2017

"Same goes to their captain [Eric] Ayiah, he needs to gather his teammates and ask them their goal of playing in the tournament, what do Ghanaians expect from them at the end of the competition, and also let them understand that they shouldn't think about playing to earn contract overseas". If USA defeat Colombia 4-0, India will be placed third.

The two-time world champions could be facing an early exit from the tournament if they lose the game by a three-goal margin, and Colombia beat the U.S. by two unanswered goals in the other match. The best scenario for India will be a 2-0 win over Ghana and then hope US beat Colombia by any margin. They can qualify as the third team even if they fail to beat Ghana by the required margin, but it will be a long shot for Portuguese coach Luis Norton De Matos' boys. But irrespective of playing against Ghana, we shouldn't go into the match with a purely defensive mind set. We have shown the world we belong on the same page as the other teams in our group.

Hence, India will not only have to win by a big margin but also hope that Colombia lose to the U.S. by a big margin in the other match of the day.

"I think it will be a good game and I entreat everybody to come and watch so that they will enjoy good football". It didn't allow the Colombian strikers to find space.

Ghana like to play fast football, using the pacy flank players Sadiq Ibrahim and Aminu Mohammed.

"The only thing we know is they are the toughest", said Jeakson Singh who scored India's first-ever World Cup goal against Colombia last Monday. India's goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem will also have to be on guard. If India can manage an improbable win or even a draw, it will give U.S. more time in Navi Mumbai. India may be without influential pair Amarjit Kiyam, the captain, and Anwar Ali, central defender, due to injuries.

"Amarjit and Anwar Ali are now in conditional training and tomorrow we will be able to take a call on whether they will play or not".

For Bilashini and her ailing husband, who suffered a stroke in 2015, seeing their son score India's first goal is a dream come true. And Colombia, who struggled to a 2-1 win over India, may not pose a great challenge for the U.S. boys. You need to feel you are playing in India and let them feel that we are playing in our own country.

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