Real Madrid Star Federico Valverde Opens Up on Ghana Challenge in Tough Group H Ahead of World Cup

Real Madrid Star Federico Valverde Opens Up on Ghana Challenge in Tough Group H Ahead of World Cup

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM
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  • Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde believes all teams in Group H of the World Cup pose a threat to Uruguay
  • The Uruguay star is expected to excel at the tournament following his red-hot run of form in La Liga for Real Madrid
  • Uruguay will face Asian giants South Korea, former European champions Portugal and Ghana in Group H

Federico Valverde is switching his attention to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar as he looks at teams in Group H of the tournament.

The Real Madrid midfielder has been tipped to be one of the stars of the World Cup as he embarks on his first Mundial with Uruguay.

Uruguay have been drawn in Group H alongside Asian giants South Korea, four-time African champions Ghana and 2016 Euro winners Portugal.

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Federico Valverde has stated that Group H will be challenging as Uruguay face Ghana, South Korea and Portugal. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars Getty Images
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However, Valverde insists the South Americans are ready for the challenge despite admitting it is a tough group.

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"The more difficult the group, the better. We need to face a strong team," he told DirectTV Sports as quoted by
"As Uruguayans, we enjoy the challenge, and we have the weapon to be the hero if we believe," he added.

Uruguay will face South Korea in their first Group H game before engaging Portugal and Ghana, respectively.

The inaugural World Cup winners have scores to settle with Ghana following the 2010 quarter-final drama. But Valverde is looking beyond just the Ghana game as he dreams of winning the World Cup.

"The coach Diego Alonso (Uruguay national team) said, we can be world champions and the dream is there," continued the Real Madrid man.
"We believe we can achieve beautiful things. We may not be able to, but our goal is to leave a mark. On the pitch, anything can happen and you have to think big."

Ex-Ghana President John Mahama urges Black Stars to avenge Uruguay defeat in Qatar

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghana's former President, John Dramani Mahama, has sent a message to the Black Stars team, urging them to avenge the defeat to Uruguay when they meet the South Americans at the World Cup in Qatar.

The four-time African champions were prevented from reaching a historic World Cup semi-final, after Luis Suarez impeded a stoppage-time goal-bound strike from Dominic Adiyiah.

The Uruguayans went on to win the quarter-final game against Ghana on penalties, at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.