Brighton Defender Tariq Lamptey Reveals Desire to Win AFCON 2023 With Ghana

Brighton Defender Tariq Lamptey Reveals Desire to Win AFCON 2023 With Ghana

Lukman Mumuni
updated at June 5, 2023 at 12:09 PM
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  • Tariq Lamptey has dreams of winning the Africa Cup of Nations
  • The Brighton defender wants to help Ghana end their trophy drought
  • The Black Stars last won the AFCON title in 1982

Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Tariq Lamptey has opened up on his dreams of winning the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana.

The Black Stars are a point away from securing qualification for the tournament, which is to be hosted in Ivory Coast next year.

Ghana will face Madagascar in the penultimate round of qualifiers in Antananarivo on June 18, before hosting the Central African Republic in the final Group E match.

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Tariq Lamptey has revealed his dreams of helping Ghana win AFCON 2023. Credit: @CitiSportsGHA Getty Images
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Lamptey will miss the trip to Madagascar due to injury, but the former England youth international is already looking forward to next year's tournament.

“I am very excited [about the prospect of playing at the AFCON]. Obviously, there are a few steps before that — qualification first and league games. I have to play to get myself into a competitive form,” he told Joy Sports.

“But it’s an amazing competition and the ultimate goal will be to go and lift it. It will be amazing to play there and experience it and hopefully, we can do well.”

The 22-year-old switched nationalities to represent Ghana in June last year, and has since made four appearances for the Black Stars.

He was a member of the team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as reported by the BBC.

Lamptey explains Ghana switch

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former England youth international, Tariq Lamptey has revealed the moment he decided to switch nationalities.

Lamptey was born in England to Ghanaian parents and represented the European country at youth levels.

However, in June 2022, the 22-year-old decided to play for the country of his parents. He was eventually named in Ghana's squad for the World Cup in Qatar, having made his debut against Brazil in September 2022.

Schindler replaces injured Lamptey

FC Koln winger, Kingsley Schindler has been handed a Black Stars invite following an injury to Brighton & Hove Albion defender, Tariq Lamptey.

The German-born player will be making his international debut for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola.

Schindler arrived in Ghana on Monday and trained with his teammates as preparations started for Thursday's game.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.