Ghana's 2019 Afcon qualification excites Stephen Appiah

The former Black Stars skipper has admitted his delight after Caf confirmed that Ghana have qualified for the 2019 Afcon with one game to spare

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah says he is excited with the Black Stars' qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

 

The four-time African champions booked their place in the continental championship following the omission of Sierra Leone from the qualifiers after a ban from Fifa due to government interference.

 

"Everyone is happy that Ghana will be at the 2019 Afcon. This is good news and at least, we will know how to handle the last game against Kenya because I see it as a good opportunity to prepare for the tournament," Appiah told Abusua FM.

"However, to win the tournament doesn't depend on the players that we have alone but how we approach every game at the tournament. Over the years, we've been present but failed to win it so we need to work extra hard.

"Football has changed now, nobody imagined that Korea and Iran will surprise some of the big names at the 2018 Fifa World Cup. We need to prepare adequately and support the technical team if we want to lift the trophy for the first time in many years. We have good players but we need to start working on them from now," he added.

 

Ghana, who will be making their eight consecutive appearance at the tournament since 2006, will host Kenya in the last qualifying game in March next year to decide who tops Group F.

 

The tournament will be held from June 15 to July 13 next year but the host country is yet to be named after Cameroon were stripped of the rights last week due to poor preparation.