Ghana’s Black Stars manager, Milovan Rajevac has conceded there’s pressure on his going into today’s second Group C AFCON clash against Gabon.
The four time AFCON winners suffered a 1-0 loss to North Africans, Morocco at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Monday.
The Serbian tactician has a huge task against the Panthers who pipped debutants, Comoros 1-0 in the opener on Monday. With Morocco and Gabon on opening day victory, Ghana must fight very hard to pick their first three to keep them in the tournament in Cameroon.
Rajevac who steered Ghana to a final place loss to Egypt in 2010 in Angola believes, the team is a fine mental state despite the pressure.
“There is always a pressure but coaches are used to leaving and working with the pressure because the next match is the most important. “We still have two matches to play in our group so we are thinking about the next one, Gabon match. “This is the most important match for us at the moment and we are trying to channel this pressure into a positive performance,” Milovan Rajevac said through his interpreter. “First match the situation is like that, Gabon has three points, we are still without a point but next match we have opportunity to win first three points for us. “So we are concentrated, our state of mind is excellent, we have faith in our abilities so we are preparing well and the boys are raring to go and ready to deliver.
“We are doing everything in our power to make this happen.” Milovan Rajevac added. “We really worked a lot in the previous few days so we know exactly what it takes. “We played well in the previous match so we need to step up a little bit to make our performance even better, so we worked well, everybody is ok, we don’t have any issues in the team.
“So players are feeling ok, they had time to rest and tactically we are ready and hopefully everything will go well for us.” the Serbian trainer concluded.
The Black Stars are chasing their first title in 40-years and are bent on ending the drought this term.
Ghana came closer to the title twice – losing 1-0 to seven time champions, Egypt in 2010 and falling 9-8 via the penalty shootouts to Ivory Coast in Equatorial Guinea in 2015.