Hearts of Oak captain Fatawu Mohammed says “he got a bit scared” making his first appearance for Ghana against South Africa at the FNB Stadium.
Mohammed received a late call-up for this month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and played his first match on Monday against South Africa.
He replaced Reading FC right-back Andy Yiadom, who was restricted from the game by his English club, in the Black Stars lineup but struggled as the team suffered a 1-0 defeat.
“Honestly, I got a bit scared when I saw the [FNB] stadium because the pitch is very huge and it wouldn’t have been easy with supporters in the stands,” Fatawu told Kumasi-based Angel FM in an interview.
“This is because the moment you enter the stadium you realise that indeed you are in a stadium.
“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 would have been more difficult for me to cope with the situation.
“But without the supporters, it felt like no man’s land and I had the luxury to warm myself into the game and showed what I also had to help the country,” he added.
He would hope to return to the squad for next month’s doubleheader against Ethiopia.