Newcastle star Christian Atsu still not in Black Stars camp in Kenya

  • Newcastle star Christian Atsu still not in Black Stars camp in Kenya

Newcastle star Christian Atsu still not in Black Stars camp in Kenya

The Black Stars are in a dire situation in Group E and will need a win to brighten their chances of making it to Russian Federation next year.

However, Appiah believes the remainder of the squad can do the job against the Cranes.

Ghana's chances to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup have been hit by a fresh blow after Newcastle United midfielder Christian Atsu pulled out of game against Uganda.

"When Uganda played us in Tamale, they were able to read through our game plan and their coach said we were predictable", Appiah added.

Turkish Club Kayserispor had sent in a letter to the Black Stars Coach to excuse the player from his squad in order to allow him heal following an injury he sustained.

Egypt leads the group with 9 points with Uganda on second with 7 points and then Ghana at third with 5 points.

Basena replaced Serbian tactician Milutin Sredojevi? early this year and has masterminded Uganda's impressive run in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers where and have a realistic chance of making it to Russian Federation at the expense of Egypt and Ghana.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has admitted that it will not be easy playing Uganda in Kampala.

"We want to go into the game prepared well because it is very vital for both of us at this stage".

"We will not underrate them if even with Gyan or no Gyan, the Ayews or no Ayews, we saw what some unknown Ghana players did against Congo in the last round of qualifiers".

Most of the experienced players in the team will miss the action, including skipper Asamoah Gyan and deputy captain Harrison Afful.