Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is counting on an efficient preparation in order to have a great campaign at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, as the nation’s 37-year wait for a fourth title continues.
The Black Stars have been drawn in Group F against regional neighbours Benin, Guinea-Bissau and familiar foes Cameroon, who happen to be defending champions.
Ghana were knocked out of the 2017 Afcon by the Indomitable Lions. Both teams are seen as the top favourites of the group, but Appiah wants some respect for the other teams.
“I am of the view that in modern football there is no country you can underrate. All these countries have done well that is why they have been able to qualify. Once they have qualified it shows that they are a team to reckon with,” he said, in a statement on Ghana FA website on Tuesday.
Appiah is hoping to make a good use of their three-week preparation in Qatar, which he believes could play a huge role in their continental quest.
“The most important thing is to prepare very well so that we take the games as they come. The most important thing is to make sure that the preparation period is done very well so that we get our players fully fit at a level they can compete to play within those three or four days.”
Ghana will open their campaign against Benin on June 25 at the Ismailia Sports Stadium.