Sports Information of Saturday, 6 July 2019
Previous Black Stars striker, Augustine Ahinful, has expressed optimism about the present-day Black Stars team’s skill to conclude Ghana’s trophy drought this yr adhering to their advancement to the next round of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Coach Kwasi Appiah’s workforce concluded as leaders of Group F adhering to two draws versus Benin and defending champions Cameroun and a important 2- earn in excess of Guinea-Bissau in their last group sport.
They now engage in Tunisia in the Round of 16 on Monday.
In a chat with the Daily Graphic, the former Borussia Dortmund player believed the workforce experienced what it took to gain the ongoing continental showpiece in Egypt even even though it was not likely to be uncomplicated.
He explained that Ghana’s path to the final was very favourable but needed more operate in terms of functionality on the pitch.
“Why not? We [Ghana] can earn the trophy. If you glance at our route to the closing, we can make it.
Having said that, it is dependent on our overall performance on the pitch.
If we do the right factors then we can go all out for the trophy,” he explained.
Evaluating the functionality of the crew so considerably, Ahinful counseled Mentor Appiah and his outfit for building it to the upcoming spherical but indicated that there was much more operate to be completed as they ready for their spherical of 16 clash with Tunisia
“They have accomplished nicely so far, but we can nonetheless strengthen on our sport likely forward.
They have to have to be compact in defence, midfield and quite effective likely into attack,” he mentioned.
Ahinful showcased for Ghana at the 2000 AFCON
The Black Stars, who have savored full dominance above their Tunisian counterparts given that 1963, are favourites in the 2nd round sport on Monday with the vast majority of Ghanaians labelling the activity as a “done deal”.
Having said that, Ahinful cautioned the workforce against complacency, detailing that matches had been won primarily based on present-day kind.
“We can’t say it is a carried out deal. We are not able to base our effectiveness on historical past and report.
Inasmuch as the documents make a difference, we have to do what will get as a gain. Winning matches depend on your recent overall performance,” he concluded.