The Black Stars boss reacts to being linked with the Atlas Lions for their tournament
Ghana’s coach CK Akonnor believes his team have good knowledge of Morocco ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations clash in Cameroon, and is delighted after the Black Stars and Atlas Lions met.
The two teams are ready for a showdown during the continental meet after meeting in Group C, which also includes Gabon and the Comoros.
This will be the second meeting between the Black Stars and the Atlas Lions in six months after the latter beat them 1-0 in an international friendly in June.
“I think we had a strong friendship with Morocco a few months ago, and thank God they are in our group. It gives us an idea of the opponent, ‘said Akonnor 3 sports. “I am grateful to the Ghana FA for organizing the friendly,”
In Cameroon, Ghana begin their title quest with a meeting with Morocco on January 10, before Gabon face them in their second match four days later.
The Black Stars’ last group match is on January 18 against the Comoros.
“I think [the draw] is okay, ”Akonnor said. ‘I did not come here with many expectations in which group I want to be. Currently football is football, so you can not expect anything.
“We are preparing feverishly for this tournament and the upcoming matches in the World Cup, and I am sure we will be ready.”
The continental event will be Akonnor’s first Afcon tournament as coach.
In January last year, he took over as Black Stars coach, replacing James Kwasi Appiah who led the team to the last Afcon tournament in 2019, where they reached a 16-round exit.
“This is the first time, but I’m not under pressure,” Akonnor said. ‘You’re giving me pressure in Ghana, but I’m fine.
“Ghanaian longs for the cup and we will do our best to get it.”
On their 23rd appearance in Afcon, Ghana will try for the first time to conquer the continent since defeating Libya with penalty kicks to win the 1982 bragging rights title for the fourth title.