We believe in ourselves to secure 2026 World Cup qualification - Tariq Lamptey

Published on: 13 June 2024
We believe in ourselves to secure 2026 World Cup qualification - Tariq Lamptey
Tariq Lamptey

Ghana defender, Tariq Lamptey has expressed his confidence in the Black Stars' chances of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

The four-time African champions revived their chances of qualification after recording back-to-back wins against Mali and Central African Republic.

Having started their campaign with a win and a defeat against Madagascar and Comoros, the Black Stars stunned the Eagles 2-1 in Bamako before a thrilling 4-3 win at the Baba Yara Stadium in the matchday three and four games respectively.

These crucial wins have propelled Ghana to second place in their group, tied on nine points with leaders Comoros. The Black Stars are now in a strong position to contend for the top spot and direct qualification for the World Cup.

Lamptey, in an interview, emphasised the importance of focusing on each game while working diligently to achieve their goals.

“I think we definitely believe in ourselves [to qualify for the World Cup]; we have the talent as we know. We have to focus on what the coach has to say to us. Take it game by game, work as hard as possible and hopefully the results will show. We worked hard in the week, the build-up to the last two games and we got the results we deserved so hopefully we can keep pushing and qualify,” Lamptey told 3Sports.

Ghana will resume their qualification games against Chad and Madagascar in March 2025.

Lamptey, who made his Ghana debut against Brazil in France, has managed just eight appearances for the Black Stars over two years, primarily due to injuries.

The 23-year-old, born in Hillingdon, United Kingdom to Ghanaian parents, switched his allegiance to Ghana in 2022 after playing for England’s youth teams.