Not even the afternoon showers at the Mandela stadium could force Maxwell Konadu and his Black Stars’ charges to cut short the team’s last training on Friday.

The team laboured to complete the hour session even when the rains had set in.
Care taker coach Maxwell Konadu after guiding his side in their last rehearsals has given the assurance of a win against Uganda in the Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday.

With the exception of team skipper, Asamoah Gyan, who trotted all alone on the sidelines, the rest of the team were rigorously involved in putting finishing touches to their game at the 42,200 sitting capacity Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.
It emerged after watching the team train for an hour that most likely to gain first team slots are goalkeeper Stephen Adams, Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabium Mohammed, Agyeman Badu, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Dede Ayew and Abdul Majeed Warris.

Injured team skipper, Gyan is definitely out but his physical presence on the team will give the players at least a physiological boost.
According to coach Konadu, the fact that a win will secure them qualification for next January Nations Cup is more than a motivation; saying in a post-training interview:
We are set for the battle. All I can say is expect a win in that match. You saw the body language of the players, all of them want to do something, it is a good sign. We are not underrating them, they nearly shocked us in Kumasi, we have that at the back of our minds so we are not taking chances, it will be a difficult game but we will prevail
Ghana are leading the pack with eight points, a win away from picking their ticket for the Equatorial Guinea 2015 Nations Cup.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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