Black Stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu says a tough mentality will be very important if Ghana will go past DR Congo in the quarter finals of the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon.
Ghana and DR Congo made the quarter finals after finishing first and second in Groups C and D respectively.
The two teams will go at each other in Oyem on Sunday for a place in the last four and ahead of the match, the Udinese player told journalists that being strong on a mental level will play a key role for Ghana.
“Football is all about mental toughness. of course, the physical battles are also needed. The DRC will difficult to play against. They have not lost a game in the tournament. We have to be mentally tough and we have had a series of meeting among the playing body and we know how to tackle the match.”
The player went to talk about the state of pitches used in the tournament and he said that he and his team-mates would be ready for the pitch in Oyem especially after playing in Port Gentil.
“The pitch at Port Gentil was a disaster but we played three group games there. We have not yet seen the pitch here in Oyem so we will look at it and relay our notes to the rest of the team.”
The team trained on Thursday without captain Asamoah Gyan who was being assessed by the medical team.
The Black Stars will hope to win against DR Congo after drawing 2-2 with them in the 2013 edition of the tournament in South Africa.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana