'Ghana Can Win AFCON 2023': Stephen Appiah Makes Ambitious Claim Ahead of Tournament

'Ghana Can Win AFCON 2023': Stephen Appiah Makes Ambitious Claim Ahead of Tournament

Lukman Mumuni
updated at November 29, 2023 at 8:21 AM
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  • Stephen Appiah insists the Black Stars can make a huge statement at AFCON 2023
  • The former Black Stars captain believes the team has what it takes to win the title
  • Ghana has not won the Africa Cup of Nations since 1982 and want to reclaim glory

Former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah remains hopeful Ghana can end their AFCON trophy drought at the tournament in Ivory Coast next year.

The four-time African champions last won the competition in 1982 but have reached the finals three times in the last three decades.

The AFCON trophy is in Ghana as part of the nationwide tour to build interest in the competition, with less than two months before it commences.

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Black Stars players celebrating the victory over Nigeria in the World Cup qualifiers. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars
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Appiah and some members of the country's Sports Ministry received the trophy following its arrival in Accra.

"I am very confident that Ghana can win the AFCON. Today, football is played everywhere and that’s why you’ll find it difficult to even play Comoros. We should believe in ourselves and the team. They should go out there and represent Ghana the best they can," he said, as quoted by Citi Sports.

The Black Stars have been drawn in a tricky group along with seven-time champions Egypt, Mozambique, and Cape Verde, as reported by My Joy Online.

The Ghanaian team is expected to head to their training camp next month as preparations begin in earnest ahead of the continental championship.

Appiah visits Akosomba Dam spillage victims

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Stephen Appiah visiting victims of the Akosombo Dam spillage, making a donation to support the displaced families.

He was joined by the CEO of Wembley Sports Construction, Robert Coleman, and Joy Sports journalist, Nathaniel Attoh, to support the victims.

Several families had to leave their homes due to the effect of the overflowing Akosombo Dam a fortnight ago, with many people still affected.

Appiah's son graduates from UK University

Sports Brief also reported on Appiah's son Larry bagging a degree in Business Economics after graduating from the University of Birmingham.

The young Appiah received his degree at a lovely graduation ceremony in the United Kingdom, with his legendary ex-footballer father looking on.

Although Larry has dreams of playing football like his dad, he is also taking his education seriously as he works his way into the corporate world.

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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.