With few days left for the next AFCON to kick off in Ivory Coast, ex-Ghanaian international Anthony Annan has highlighted the importance of team familiarity and consistent play among the players.
The senior national team in the last edition of the AFCON suffered a shocking elimination at the group phase in 2021 in Cameroon.
Annan, who played a pivotal role for the national team between 2007 and 2013, draws parallels with his era, emphasising that consistent play among the players would be crucial for success. Annan expressed the hope that the current squad would establish strong connections on the field, allowing them to navigate the challenges of the tournament.
“If they play consistently amongst themselves, it will be okay like during our time, so we are praying that they can identify each other because the task before them is big. They can contain it and show their worth like how we were able to do during our time,” Annan stated as quoted by German-based Pipapipa Media
In the run-up to AFCON 2023, the Black Stars are gearing up to face Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Egypt in their quest for a fifth AFCON trophy.
While Ghana faces the tournament without influential midfielder Thomas Partey, who sustained an injury while playing for Arsenal, the team is determined to overcome historical challenges and secure victory in the continental competition.