World Cup 2018 Ghana’s failure a blessing in disguise – Mohammed Polo

The Ghana legend has given his verdict following the country's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Former Ghana international Mohammed Polo says the Black Stars’ failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup could end up being beneficial.

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According to him, the nation’s absence from the global showpiece would afford coach Kwesi Appiah the chance to rebuild the team for subsequent tournaments.

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Ghana’s bid to make it four successive World Cup appearances was halted after Egypt beat the Black Stars to the available ticket to Russia, after topping group E.

Having been to the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, Ghana will take no part in next year’s edition after failing to qualify.

However, Polo believes failure to qualify for the tournament could prove to be the turning point for the Black Stars, as they prepare for subsequent tournaments.

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The ex-Ghana international told Ghanacrusader: "Yes it is a blessing in disguise, it will give the coach the needed time to prepare for the AFCON 2019 and the World Cup in 2022.

'The coach will now plan for that, because it is very important we plan new players will have to come in and a lot of things."

Polo was part of the Ghana squad that won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and is widely regarded as one of the most talented playmakers to ever emerge from the West African nation.

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