Abedi Pele: Ghana Legend Confident Black Stars Can End AFCON Drought in Ivory Coast

Abedi Pele: Ghana Legend Confident Black Stars Can End AFCON Drought in Ivory Coast

Lukman Mumuni
updated at December 1, 2023 at 7:45 AM
In this article:
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  • Abedi Pele remains confident Ghana can win AFCON 2023
  • The Black Stars have yet to win the tournament since 1982
  • Abedi Pele was part of the team that won forty years ago

Legendary Ghanaian footballer Abedi Pele is hopeful the Black Stars can win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast next year.

The four-time African champions have not won the tournament in forty years despite coming close three times since 1982.

Abedi Pele, a member of the Black Stars team that last won the competition in 1982, believes Ivory Coast 2023 could be Ghana's moment.

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Former Ghana captain Abedi Pele arriving at an event in Accra. Credit: @ghanasoccernet
Source: Twitter
"We will win. There will be our chances. We’ve been to finals three times, and I think our chance will be maybe this time or in the next four years we will be there," he told Vision 1 FM, as quoted by Ghana Soccernet.

The three-time African Player of the Year was also part of the team that reached the final in Ivory Coast in 1992 but missed the game against the host through suspension.

The Black Stars have been drawn in Group B of the 2023 AFCON alongside seven-time champions Egypt, Cape Verde and Mozambique, as reported by My Joy Online.

Stephen Appiah confident in Black Stars

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah is 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 thrice 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.

Gerald Asamoah backs Chris Hughton as Ghana coach

Sports Brief also reported that former Germany international Gerald Asamoah urges Ghanaians to be patient with Black Stars coach Chris Hughton.

The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager has come under immense pressure following Ghana's loss to Comoros in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Before the loss in Moroni, the team lost to Mexico and the United States in international friendlies in October.

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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.