Andre Dede Ayew believed that winning afcon trophy has become more difficult as the competition has been increased. he said it is quite difficult to win this year’s tournament because the number of teams has already been increased. In this season of afcon 24 nations will compete for the trophy.
Deputy captain of the Black Stars Andre Ayew believes winning this year’s Africa Cup of Nations will be an uphill task following the introduction of a 24-team format.
Last year, the continent’s football governing body, CAF held a two-day football symposium in Morocco’s – where they adopted a resolution to expand the AFCON from 16 to 24 teams, starting with this year’s tournament which will be held in Egypt. After winning Group F to book a place in the biennial competition, the stakes are even higher than ever with the West African country determined to win Gold for the first time in over 3 decades. “With my experience, I have been to 5 African Cups and I know how difficult it is so we need to take each game one at a time and not rush into conclusions. Now there are 24 teams which makes it even more difficult”. “We have now a round 8 before you even go to the straight to the quarterfinals so we just have to prepare ourselves and I believe we have the squad to the end of the tournament. That I have no doubt and with the support and prayers from all Ghanaians I believe that everything can be very possible”, the u-20 world cup winner said. The four-time champions are seeking to end their 37-year wait for continental success, having won their last title in 1982.
Deputy captain of the Black Stars Andre Ayew has reiterated that Ghana remains favorites for the Africa Cup of Nations in June.
The Black Stars have come close to winning the competition twice in the last decade but lost in 2010 to Egypt and to Ivory Coast in 2015. “I think Ghana, for the past 10-15 years, have always been part of the favorites for the Afcon and it wouldn’t change,” said Ayew. “There are other three or four countries who are at similar levels to us. They have the same pressure in their country but we need it, we want it and will do everything to get it. “Everyone is going to give everything he has in his body to make sure that we go as far as we can to go and bring the trophy. “If we give everything we have, at the end of it, everything is in the hands of Allah and he will deliver what we deserve to have.” Ghana will find out her group opponents at the Nations Cup next month when the draw in held in Cairo.
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