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I moved to Valenciennes to remain competitive ahead of the World Cup - Ghana striker Majeed Waris

Published on: 03 January 2014
Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Striker Abdul Majeed Waris admits his move to Valenciennes is influenced by his personal desire to play for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

The 22-year-old has joined the French Ligue 1 outfit on loan until the end of the season.

Waris arrives from Spartak Moscow who will not be playing until March 8 when the Russian top flight resumes after a long winter break.

The ex BK Hacken star is desperate to regain the form that made him best player and top goalscorer in the Swedish league in 2012.

The sharp attacker has struggled for regular game time since joining Spartak due to a bad knee injury suffered just before the start of the season.

But the Right to Dream Academy graduate wants to put all his troubles behind him as he embarks on another European adventure ostensibly to impress Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah into taking him to the World Cup in Brazil.

"It's the right step that should help me stay in great shape," Waris told the BBC.

"Being a World Cup year it's very important to be playing regular football week in, week out.

"I thank Spartak for allowing me come somewhere I can get regular chances and impress the national team boss.

"And coming to France will be very competitive because I've come to a club with strong ambition to stay in the top-flight and improve their position.

"I want to play in my first World Cup with Ghana and to achieve that I know I have to keep playing and competing like others.

"You don't just hope and pray to get anything in life, you have to work hard to give yourself a chance of making it.

"Hopefully, I can make the right contributions to the squad here and together we can lift Valenciennes.

"I just can't wait to get started here."

Waris came good for Ghana throughout the successful qualifying campaign where he has formed a harmonious partnership with lead striker Asamoah Gyan.

Their unique combination was a constant headache for opponents of the Black Stars with Egypt coach Bob Bradley admitting to the devastating threat after his team were humiliated 6-1 in the first leg of the playoffs.


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • ze kalanGA says:
    January 03, 2014 04:32 pm
    Boakey yeadom is faar better thank u.
  • ze kalanGA says:
    January 03, 2014 04:34 pm
    * boakey yeadom is faar bether than u.*
  • RasNick says:
    January 03, 2014 04:56 pm
    What 4 a stupid coment, idoit, we need dem all u dumm ass.
  • anokwale says:
    January 03, 2014 05:20 pm
    At the end of the day, Warris is the best partner for Gyan up front. He has proven himself.
  • danny alvez says:
    January 03, 2014 05:50 pm
    what matters is your form and not being competitive because we have players in our local leagues who are competitive.
  • danny alvez says:
    January 03, 2014 05:53 pm
    hes proven what? and this guy shouldn't be in the starting line up. up front should be gyan and kelvin.
  • Words says:
    January 03, 2014 07:26 pm
    I think Yiadom was given da same oppontunity and he hasn't proven himself like Waris. That's a fact. Jordan is not even yet there. Hopefully he can get better.
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    January 03, 2014 07:56 pm
    have gyan,kevin,warris up front lol
  • Tanko says:
    January 03, 2014 09:53 pm
    Ghana still is filled with ignorants! I also believe that tribalism would never die in Ghana and it's sad. Most of the people that come here to comment on articles are between the ages of 18 and 35 and it is sad to conclude that the youth of the country is inheriting or inherited one of the most filthiest decease that is killing Africa which am not afraid to say is tribalism. The attack on Waris on this subject is unwarranted and if one is a fan of Boakye does not mean you should condemn waris's ambitions. It's time we start educating ourselves and try to eradicate tribalism in our dear country and continent. Cheers folks
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 03, 2014 10:28 pm
    haha, waa look at he-goat danny. what more do u want warris to do. has he not delivered when in the lineup? he has. and besides, he is a striker while "Kelvin" is a midfielder. learn to spell "KEVIN" and appreciate what we have in waris. both players are needed. stop comparing apples and oranges. smh
  • spellBOUND says:
    January 03, 2014 10:30 pm
    thank u Tanko!
  • Wee ba says:
    January 03, 2014 11:31 pm
    Why compare dis young chaps?they are all eager to help the country....jordan,boakye n warris are goin to be our finest strikers in years to come
  • papa nkrumah says:
    January 04, 2014 06:42 am
    “You don’t just hope and pray to get anything in life, you have to work hard to give yourself a chance of making it" Wow. Best comment from Warris to all Ghanaians in all we do. As for Warris, Gyan up front with Kevin supporting on the wings in the same match, it is possible depending on the opponent we are facing and the tactics of the coach.