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U-23 AFCON: I am not under pressure to deliver - Black Meteors forward Abass

By Vincent Ashitey

Utrecht forward Issah Abass says he is not under any pressure to deliver for the Black Meteors despite his late call-up to the team.

The Holland-based striker was handed a late call-up by coach Ibrahim Tanko as a replacement for injured Ropapa Mensah.

Issah Abass joined the team on Wednesday morning in Cairo and has echoed that he is confident but not under any pressure to deliver for the national U-23 team.

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"I think I don't have pressure on me, so I see myself as I always want to win everything, even when I am training I want to win.

"I think my winning mentality is going to affect the game because I hate to lose."

"This mentality that I have a lot of people have praised me for it."

Evans Mensah who is also part of the national U-23 set up believes the team is working hard ahead of their Group A game on Friday. He is optimistic Ghana will begin the tournament on a good note.

"We are looking sharp in terms of training, Everyone is ready to play the game on Friday.'"

“Hopefully we will win the first match because we will take what we’ve learnt during the game”, he said.

According to Mensah, the tough matches the team played during the qualifiers have toughened them for the task ahead and will help them in their quest to grab a slot for the Olympic Games.

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“We didn’t have easy qualifying matches in the run-up to this tournament so if we managed to make it here we will definitely fight for one of the slots to the Olympics”, he reiterated.

Ghana opens her campaign against Cameroon on Friday, November 8 at the Cairo International Stadium at 8:00 pm.

The team will have their last training later tonight ahead of the Group A opener.