Black Stars player Abdul Majeed Waris has mentioned that his ability to play on the pitch with the present World Best Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, at the World Cup, served as a morale boost for him.
Waris, who played his first ever World Cup for the Black Stars in Brazil, recollects how he felt when he was named in the team to face Portugal in the last Group G match.
“He (Ronaldo) is one of the best players in the world and to play with him on the same pitch was an honour for me.”
“Even before the match I was praying that at least I will get a chance to play on the same pitch with him, even if for five minutes. But thankfully, I was drafted into the starting XI and that was a wonderful experience.”
“Most of these names and players we only get to see them on tv and ask anyone who had not seen them before and was on the pitch that day, and they will tell you the feeling was great.”
“We wanted to win the match and with the hope that we scale through, but in the end we couldn’t and both teams crushed out of the World Cup.”
Waris admitted that there were times he stole glances at the World Best Player, especially when the game was on hold for an infringement.
“I won’t lie it happened though I was totally concentrated on helping Ghana with the game. After that game I made up my mind to do my best at all times for both Club and country, an action I believe will afford me many of such rare opportunities”, Waris mentioned in an interview with sportscrusader.com.
For Waris, he has no doubt in his mind that the Black Stars will go on to win the upcoming Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.
“Apart from a few additions and subtractions to the playing body during the qualifiers, the main core of the squad that played at the World Cup is Brazil is still intact so I don’t see why we shouldn’t do well and go on to win the Nations Cup”, he added.