Asamoah Gyan Avram Grant Ghana
Avram Grant will rely on Asamoah Gyan to deliver the goals for Ghana in their World Cup qualifier against UgandaReuters

Ghana will hope to begin the group phase of the African World Cup qualifiers in the best possible manner, when they host Uganda in Tamale on Friday. Avram Grant's men haven't had the best of times recently, so shaking off that poor form with a victory will be vital if they are to make a smooth run to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Black Stars were held by Rwanda 1-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier last month, while they also went down 1-0 to Russia in a friendly.

Grant will hope his team perform better in this competitive fixture, because with Egypt and Congo also a part of Group E, Ghana cannot afford to take things lightly.

"I don't think it will be an easy game but our target is the same, to win and to do everything to be in Russia," Grant told reporters. "We are playing against a very strong side, but the most important thing is that, in the end, we finish first in the group.

"It's a very tough group as all four teams can qualify."

Grant will not be able to call upon the services of Andre Ayew, who is recovering from a long-term injury, but he will have Asamoah Gyan available. The striker has been passed fit and is ready to play his part in helping Ghana get the better of Uganda.

"Gyan is now fit and has declared himself to be able to play 90 minutes," Grant added. "We have to win the game and start the qualifiers on a high note since we want to make it the fourth time of qualifying for the World Cup."

The last two games against Uganda haven't gone to plan either for Ghana, with a draw and a loss. But, Grant will know if his team play to their full potential, they will prove to be too strong for Milutin Sredojevic's men.

Where to watch Live

Ghana vs Uganda is scheduled for a 3.30pm local time (9pm IST, 4.30pm BST) start. Live Streaming and TV information for the World Cup qualifier is below.

India and UK: No Live coverage.

Africa, including Ghana and Uganda: TV: SuperSport 3. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.

USA, Australia, , SouthEast Asia, Middle East, North Africa: Bein Sports. Live Streaming: Bein Sports Connect.

Latin America: TV: ESPN.

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