Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has said that the team is well-motivated and confident ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers later this month.

Ghana, who are top of Group C, will face South Africa in Johannesburg on 25th March, which will potentially determine who tops the group.

They will then host Sao Tome & Principe on 28th March to wrap up their qualification campaign for next year’s AFCON that will be held in Cameroon.

Wakaso, who is currently a free agent after Chinese side Jiangsu ended operations, has been training with home-based players in Accra, Ghana.


Mubarak Wakaso has played against Lionel Messi and Barcelona. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

“Everything is going on well. The guys are well prepared and ready to give out their best,” the 30-year-old told the Ghana FA website.

“What I’m seeing here is massive. Everybody is doing great. They were in camp before I came and I think what I saw was different. They were training hard and it motivated me as a professional player to play with the local players.

“They are playing in the Ghana Premier League and they are doing well in their teams that was why they were selected.

“They just need to be confident without any fear and from what I’ve seen, they are very confident and well-motivated.

“We can also help them with our experience. Without the fans, we are nothing so we need their support and prayers. We thank them for standing by us always.”

Ghana lead the group because of the head-to-head result over South Africa (9 points each). Sudan are in 3rd with 3 points and Sao Tome have 0 points.

South Africa and Ghana have both secured their spots in the AFCON finals but the winner of this game will secure the top spot in the group.