Because the Ghana gamers arrived for his or her essential group sport towards South Korea in Al Rayyan the corridors of the Training Stadium have been full of the sound of West Africa.
‘Jama time’ is a musical celebration of tradition, a nod in direction of good morale, group spirit and togetherness.
The gamers shuffled to the altering room whereas banging bougarabou drums and shaking a percussion instrument generally known as a shekere.
Amongst them was Strasbourg defender Alex Djiku who’s having fun with a “magical” match together with his team-mates. “Jama symbolises our group, our nation,” Djiku tells Sky Sports activities Information from the group camp in Qatar.
“It is about pleasure and dwelling each second as a blessing. We’re very critical on the sector however outdoors we have to get pleasure from as a household.”
They subsequently beat South Korea 3-2 with a formidable efficiency to arrange a decider towards Uruguay on Friday.
“We all know it won’t be simple however we imagine. We’re united,” Djiku says.
“The will, the love of the nation and for the Ghanaian jersey are all components [of performance vs South Korea]. After which there’s expertise on this group. We’re proud to point out the attractive face of Ghana.”
The build-up to Friday’s sport has been dominated by references to the well-known assembly with Uruguay in 2010, when Luis Suarez dealt with the ball on the road just for Ghana to overlook the ensuing penalty, an act that contributed to them exiting the match.
“We’re not bitter, particularly as virtually the complete group is completely different from that of 2010. We hear rather a lot about it within the media however South Africa is the previous.”
Will he be capable to discuss 2010 with Suarez in the course of the sport?
“No, if I begin speaking to Suarez he’ll take the chance to mess with my thoughts and go behind me to attain!” he jokes.
“I used to be a youngster after I noticed that sport. It was tough and I bear in mind my father being very upset as all of us have been.
“I could not think about myself 12 years later carrying the Black Stars jersey and taking part in Uruguay. Now we have the chance to vary the future and make our supporters proud.
“They’re a group with quite a lot of grit, expertise and expertise. Mentally they’re additionally sturdy so we should not fall into that entice.”
Djiku as a substitute prefers to deal with his personal sport. He has already confronted as much as Cristiano Ronaldo on this World Cup and isn’t any stranger to battles with Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in home soccer.
“Ronaldo isn’t just any participant however after I play I do not care who I’ve in entrance of me.
“He’s nonetheless in form, imagine me. He’s so clever together with his actions and his want to vary the course of a match.”
He had related reward for Ghana’s personal famous person, albeit Mohammed Kudus is within the early phases of his profession.
Towards South Korea Kudus turned the primary Ghanaian to attain a brace in a World Cup sport and is the topic of a formidable mural on the streets of Nima, the suburb of Accra the place he grew up.
“He is the little nugget that everybody is speaking about. He is an excellent participant, an excellent boy with mentality.
“I feel he can go far. He nonetheless has room for enchancment and what he has proven in these few months is just expertise. I feel he can develop into an enormous participant.”
There have been related plaudits for Brighton’s younger full-back Tariq Lamptey. “Tariq is a crucial a part of the group. He introduced us his qualities together with his pace and his precision.
“He’s very nicely built-in within the group and a younger man with quite a lot of respect.”
Djiku’s performances have led to hypothesis that Leeds United are among the many golf equipment hoping to signal him when his contract expires in June.
“Sure, I’ve heard just a few issues. My contractual scenario may be an element I feel.
“I hope that this reveals that I’m doing job on the sporting stage but additionally with my diet, restoration and life-style.
“It’s gratifying however for the second I am holding a cool head. I need to consider the final group sport of the World Cup, and the remainder of the season with Strasbourg as a result of there are necessary video games.”
Djiku described his delight at qualifying for the World Cup in an interview with Sky Sports activities Information final season. So, what’s he doing to take his thoughts to loosen up away from coaching now that the match is nicely underneath approach?
“Now we have an amazing environment within the group so we’re by no means bored. We play, we sing, we dance.”
They’re hoping togetherness and expertise will make sure the final dance just isn’t Friday afternoon.
That is Ghana’s likelihood for revenge
Sky Sports activities’ Ben Grounds:
Mark the date: December 2 at 3pm.
It is a shootout for the final 16, a decider laced in a dozen years of narrative and ill-feeling.
When Ghana face Uruguay on the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, the Black Stars might be aiming for revenge.
Former captain Stephen Appiah lately mentioned in an interview with Al Jazeera: “I get goosebumps after I hear in regards to the 2010 World Cup. It is going to hang-out me for the remainder of my life.”
Ghana are again on the worldwide stage in Qatar and somewhat deliciously, Suarez remains to be within the Uruguay squad.
It’s a likelihood for a nation to rid themselves of a nightmare that has gripped than for 12 lengthy years.
Talking earlier than the match in regards to the rematch with Suarez, Ghana coach Otto Addo mentioned: “I am positive that’ll be behind the minds of some gamers as a result of it was a decisive sport, not only for Ghana however for Africa as a complete.”
What do Ghana and Uruguay have to qualify?
Portugal have already secured their development with two wins from two however nonetheless want some extent to be declared group winners.
Ghana are the one remaining rival for high spot, however the Africans might nonetheless end behind each South Korea and Uruguay.
For these two groups, the equation is easy: Win or go residence. However even successful is probably not sufficient: A win for each Uruguay and South Korea would go away them stage on 4 factors and separated solely on aim distinction, whereas a win for South Korea can be educational if Ghana beat Uruguay and some extent for Ghana coupled with a win for Korea would additionally make aim distinction – and presumably targets scored – the last word adjudicator.
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