George Boateng ahead of Brazil game

Assistant coach of the Black Stars, George Boateng, says the Black Stars will be going to Qatar to just participate but to also fight for the country.

Ghana makes a return to the Mundial after missing out on the last edition in Russia four years ago.

With preparations still ongoing, Boateng has assured Ghanaians the Black Stars will go to Qatar to give in their all and not make up numbers.

“We are not going there to make up numbers. We are going there to compete and the players are ready. You’ve seen in the game against Nigeria where they faced fierce opposition and when the games are tough and they are asked to deliver you have seen that they can deliver,” he told Joy Sports in an exclusive interview.

“Even though we may not be the favourite to get out of the group stages, what I can say is that the group will be ready to compete and fight to get out of the group stages.”

The former Aston Villa U23 coach also advised the players to give everything on the pitch when they are given the nod.

“What to expect is a team that is hungry and willing to make their country proud and that is what we ask from the players,” he added.

“When you step on the pitch make sure you give everything you have in the tank and if you come off the pitch and you have done that, the result will take care of itself.

“Most of the time, it might actually be in your favour, which you saw when we played against Chile.”