Ghana coach Charles Akonnor has touted the qualities of South African coach Hugo Broos ahead of the meeting of the two technical brains in a 2022 World Cup qualifier on Monday.
The two powerful football nations go at each other at the famous FNB Stadium in Johannesburg with an eye on the maximum points top of the agenda.
However, the Ghanaian gaffer has been heaping praises on the Belgian for his wealth of experience on the African continent.
“Of course, respect and regards to the new Coach, very experienced. He has done it and we all know his qualities. But we are in a different situation, it’s unfortunate my friend lost his job because the team didn’t qualify for the AFCON,” Ghanaian coach CK Akonnor told the media on Sunday.
“But we are here with a different idea and mentality. When we came here, there were a lot of guys who were not in the team, this time we have an improved squad even though we have lost six key players, we will manage it and definitely, we will give some other guys the chance to play.
“They look hungry and ready to show it on the field of play.”
Two heavyweights of African football face off at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday as South Africa host Ghana in a huge World Cup 2022 qualifying clash.
The hosts kicked off stage two of the qualifying process with a 0-0 draw against Zimbabwe, while Ghana beat Ethiopia 1-0 to lead the way in Group G.
South Africa is in Group G along with Ethiopia, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. They have a difficult task ahead of themselves if they want to be eligible for the global spectacle.
Only the Groups A-J winners will be able to progress to the final round for Qatar 2022 qualification.
The five remaining African nations will face off in a two-legged playoff to determine the winner.
The next World Cup, which will be held in the Middle East for the first time, is scheduled to take place between 21 November and 18 December.