AFCON 2023: Sudan Coach Tips Ghana to Reach Final in Ivory Coast

AFCON 2023: Sudan Coach Tips Ghana to Reach Final in Ivory Coast

Lukman Mumuni
updated at January 6, 2024 at 6:11 PM
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  • Sudan coach Kwesi Appiah is backing Ghana to success
  • The Black Stars hope to end their 42-year wait for AFCON
  • Ghana will open their AFCON campaign against Cape Verde

Head coach of the Sudanese national team, Kwesi Appiah believes the Black Stars of Ghana can reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The four-time African champions head to Ivory Coast with slim hopes of winning the tournament following a poor run of results in recent games.

The Black Stars have won only one of their last four matches and were knocked out of the group stage at the last edition of AFCON in Cameroon.

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The Black Stars line up before their game against Portugal at the World Cup. Credit: @FIFAcom
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Despite being written off by fans of the Black Stars, the former Ghana coach remains confident in the current team.

“You see, sometimes when Ghanaians underrate the team that is when the team surprises Ghana. And it’s happened so many times,” he said on Sienu TV, as quoted by Pulse.
“Looking at the quality of the players, I think they can perform very well. I believe they can get to the final.”

The Black Stars have pitched camp in Kumasi and will face Namibia in a friendly on Monday, January 8.

Ghana have been drawn in Group B and will face Cape Verde, Egypt and Mozambique for a place in the knockout stage. as reported by Sporting News.

Kwesi Appiah opens up on Kudus Ghana invite

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah disclosed how he invited Mohammed Kudus to the Black Stars.

Appiah gave the then FC Nordsjaelland player his Black Stars debut in a game against South Africa in Cape Coast.

Before the game, Appiah received threats his Black Stars career will be over if he fields the 19-year-old.

Thomas Partey dropped as Hughton name squad

Sports Brief also reported that Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has been dropped from Ghana's squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The 30-year-old, who is recovering from an injury he sustained in October last year, failed to return to full fitness for the tournament.

The absence of the ex-Atletico Madrid star is a huge blow for the four-time African champions.

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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.