Sports News of Thursday, 9 September 2021
Hearts of Oak Captain, Fatawu Mohammed has admitted he was frightened by the sight of the FNB Stadium when he made his Blck Stars debut.
Fatawu was handed his first senior international in the 2022 World Cup Qualifier against South Africa and the defender looked nervous all throughout the game.
The Hearts skipper after the Black Stars defeat admitted his nervousness was because he was overwhelmed by the capacity of the FNB Stadium.
The iconic 94,736 capacity stadium in Johannesburg hosted the Black Stars in their second Group G game on Monday in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
Fatawu described the beautiful edifice as a ‘very very huge’ stadium and that contributed to his nervousness on his Black Stars debut.
“Honestly, I got a bit scared when I saw the (FNB) stadium because the pitch is very very huge and it wouldn’t have been easy with supporters in the stands. Because the moment you enter the stadium you realize that indeed you are in a stadium,” said on Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“But at long last, we played in an empty stadium so that eased some pressure off; If the supporters had been there the way the pressure was high it (the pressure) would have been more. But without the supporters, it felt like no man’s land,” he added.