Weeping Muntari says the job remains unfinished


Ghana’s major streets were jammed packed with people deep into the night after the game, but Muntari who picked up the Man-of-the Match award, says the difficult part of the job is yet to be done.

An emotional Muntari wept as he walked into the post-game press conference, aware of the significance of the victory over the Nigerians but said afterwards he was now looking forward to the semi-final game which will be against the winner of the Tunisia-Cameroon clash later today.

“We have another game to play, the semi-final, then we can start thinking about the finals. We have to think about the up-coming game first. We need to keep on winning.”

Muntari was full of praise for the Ghanaian fans who had filled the stands at the Ohene Djan Stadium and created atmosphere and says the team will now go all out for their sake even though he insist its too early to start talking about winning the trophy.

“They have helped us a lot. It’s fantastic. We can’t describe it. We just have to thank them for coming and cheering us up and we would try our best not let them down. It’s too early to say but we are on our way.”

The victory over the Nigerians was sweet revenge for the Black Stars after the Super Eagles had dumped Ghana out of the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations at the same stage. It was also the first time Ghana had beaten Nigeria in a competitive fixture since 1992.
That game bore striking semblance to this one with Ghana going down early before rallying to win 2-1.Muntari says the victory and the manner it came has given the team more belief than ever before.

“We are ready to play anyone. If you want to win this trophy, you have to be ready to face anyone. They (Ivory Coast) are the favourites but if you want to win, you have to face everyone and play.”

The 2-1 over Nigeria means Ghana will play in its first semi-final at the Africa Cup of Nations since losing to South Africa 3-0 at the same stage in 1993.