Ghana legend Stephen Appiah believes the upcoming 2019 AFCON will be both ‘exciting and difficult’ for the West African powerhouse.
The Black Stars of Ghana, who are four time winners, are drawn in the same group with Benin, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon.
Ghana have not won the AFCON title since 1982 and the three-time FIFA World Cup campaigners are in the hunt for the title for the first time in 37 years.
Appiah, who led Ghana to their first ever World Cup campaign in Germany 2006, believes it would be a challenging tournament for James Kwesi Appiah’s side.
“It’s going to be an interesting [AFCON] because we will be having 24 teams participate instead of 16. That will make it difficult and exciting,” he told Goal.com.
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has named a provisional 29-man squad which features Atletico de Madrid star Thomas Partey, Inter Milan wing-half Kwadwo Asamoah, Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu and TSG Hoffenheim’s Kasim Adams Nuhu.
Appiah, a former player for Juventus, believes Thomas Partey has what it takes to lead Ghana to glory in the North African country.
“Partey is doing very well and with his abilities and what he can do on the field, he can help Ghana go far,” he added.
By El Akyereko
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