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Niger will be no pushovers against Ghana - Maazou

Published on: 28 January 2013

Captain Moussa Maazou has vowed Niger will give their all when they clash with Ghana in the decisive Group B match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday.

Second favourites behind Ivory Coast to win the tournament, the Black Stars of Ghana top with four points after an opening-day stumble against DR Congo.

Ghana let slip a two-goal lead against the Congolese which allowed the two time champions to hold the Black Stars to a 2-2 draw.

They subsequently dominated Mali in their second group game which they won 1-0 but the Black Stars must win their final game against Niger to guarantee top spot.

Niger also showed their character by holding DR Congo to a 0-0 draw which gives them the hope that they can also reach the quarter finals by beating the Black Stars.

While admitting that the match against Ghana won't be easy, Maazou insists they will be no pushovers in their game against the Black Stars.

"It won't be an easy match for us, but we will try our best," vowed Maazou, whose team have watched videos of the two games involving Ghana.

Midfielder Issiakou Koudize is the only concern for Niger as he has a knee injury.

But he could still feature in the game as their German coach Gernot Rohr says the 22-year-old defensive midfielder will face a late fitness test.

A draw will be enough to take Ghana into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations while a win ensures they top Group B.

Niger could still qualify if they win, however if they do and Mali draw with DR Congo then it would come down to a mini-table within the table.



This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • Pito says:
    January 28, 2013 11:10 am
    Niger will be no Pushovers, they will be Rollovers. Who in their team can stop the speed of Adomah or asante? The sharpness of Badu, or the coomsicomsa of Baby Jet? hahaha
  • quophai says:
    January 28, 2013 09:00 am
    such good facts... wow, thumbs up...that is if the dates correspond with the matches u hv outlined here...this is very good
  • MackLicking says:
    January 28, 2013 08:14 am
    Niger, Niger, Niger...Today be today.. The Black Stars have won all their matches on January 28. Today is January 28 and we are meeting Niger.. In January 28, 2008 We beat Morocco by Two goals to nil..Country representing, M..and in In January 28, 2010 we beat Nigeria by 1 goal to nil..Representing N. Also in January 28, 2012 we beat Mali by two goals to nil..Representing M..Today is January 28, 2013 and we are meeting Niger..Representing N..So as stands we are going to beat Niger No Matter how they play today..All the best Ghana Blackstars...