I did not experience any pressure - Daniel Afriyie Barnieh after impressive performance against Switzerland

Published on: 18 November 2022

Hearts of Oak striker, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh has insisted that he felt no pressure following his explosive performance against Switzerland in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Barnieh was named in Ghana's starting XI against the Swiss in their final preparatory game ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

The 21-year-old started on the right side alongside the Ayew brothers to provide support to his co-striker Inaki Williams.

In the first half of the game, Barnieh made an impressive run, terrorizing the Swiss defense and also providing an attacking spark for the Black Stars.

Mohammed Salisu and Antione Semenyo scored for the Black Stars to wrap up their preparations.

Speaking in an interview with Joy Sports after the game, elated Barnieh reveals that he paid maximum attention to whatever the coaches told him hence his superlative performance.

“I feel good for making my full debut," he said. "It was a good game, there was no pressure and I adhered to what the coaches said and everything went well for me.

"The fans back home should keep on supporting and never stop praying for me," he added.

Barnieh will be hoping to get game time at the Mundial which gets underway on Sunday.

The Black Stars will arrive in Doha later today. Ghana has been housed in Group H alongside Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.

The four time African champions will open their campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Four days later, the Black Stars return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Ghana will wrap up their group stage adventure with their much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.

The Black Stars having missed out in the last edition hosted in Russia in 2018 will be hoping to improve their performance in Qatar after exiting at the group phase during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.