Black Stars manager Charles Kwabla Akonnor is optimistic of ending Ghana’s 39-year AFCON title drought in Cameroon next year.
The former Ghana captain is praying that luck won’t elude him to be mentioned among the top local coaches to have won the title for the Black Stars.
Legendary gaffer Charles Kumi Gyamfi won the prestigious title three times for the Black Stars in 1963, 1965 and 1982. Fred Osman Doudu, however, won the third title for the Black Stars in 1978.
Akonnor, a former Ghana captain pleaded with the fans to be United and start believing and as well remain positive that local coaches can win another AFCON title for Ghana.
“I want to achieve this but we all need to believe. It’s only local coaches who have won the AFCON”, Coach Akonnor said in zoom conference with the press.
“I am confident it will happen with a local coach. Ghanaians must start believing us”.
Akonnor also admitted Ghana’s group is difficult and tipped The Atlas Lions as the strongest in the group.
“Our group is very hard and I am very happy the Ghana FA arranged that friendly against Morocco.
“If we have the chance of meeting Morocco again things will be different. They are the strongest among our group”.
Ghana last won the AFCON title in 1982 in Libya and have come close to winning the title on three occasions in 1992, 2010 and 2015.
The West African powerhouse have been drawn in Group C of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
The team will be based in Yaoundé for their first two games against Morocco and Gabon before traveling to Garoua for the final game.