Former Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom has advised Daniel Afriyie Barnieh to stay focused and believe in himself in order to excel at the Black Stars after sneaking into Ghana's World Cup final squad.
Barnieh, who been instrumental for the Phobians was included in the 26-man squad for the mundial released on Monday and will compete in his first World Cup with the Black Stars.
The Black Meteors captain was among the two-home based players to have made Coach Otto Addo's final 26-man squad for the tournament.
Afriyie-Barnieh was with his teammates and coach when the squad was announced on Monday, November 14.
Inkoom, who was not surprised by Barnieh’s inclusion in the Black Stars squad has advised his Hearts of Oak teammate to stay focused and believe in himself to succeed.
“I’m happy for him because you can see that he is doing very well and I’m surprised that he is in the squad. I think when you are doing a good job, you deserve to be honoured. In my opinion I am very happy for him but the most important thing is that he has to believe in himself, he has go there and show that he can do it and I believe he can do it”
“He has a lot of potential but what he has to do is to stay focus, work hard and I think that the sky will be his limit” he said.
Ghana 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 the group phase during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Only three sides from the continent have ever progressed to the quarter-finals; Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010.
Ghana will be hoping to progress from the group stage at this year's tournament.