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Don’t expect much from Ghana at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations – Kwabena Yeboah

Published on: 23 November 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Ace Sports Journalist Kwabena Yeboah wants Ghanaian fans to lower their expectations on the Black Stars ahead of the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The West African powerhouse have often been touted as favourites to win the continental showpiece but have flattered to deceive.

The Ghanaians could only manage a fourth-placed finish at the 2012 African Cup of Nations despite being regarded as one of the huge contenders for the title.

The 2010 silver-medalist recorded a 3-0 aggregrate win over Malawi to book their seat in next year’s tournament and already there is another sense of optimism that the country could end their 31-year wait for an African crown.

But the renowed Journalist has warned supporters not to expect too much from the team.

“It is the dream, wishes and aspiration of every Ghanaian that the Black Stars will go out there and win the African Cup of Nations,” Yeboah told Radio XYZ

“But it’s not going to be easy as it has always been the case. Last season before we went out there, Plavi had made the point that for thirty years, Ghana hadn’t won the cup and it was his desire that he will go out there and win the cup.

“Indeed the GFA tasked him to win the trophy. But nothing is easy on the African scene quite frankly.

“If you’re talking as a Ghanaian, of course, you want the team to win. But you and I know that realistically if you consider player for player, definitely it is Cote D’voire who will start the competition as the favourite.

“Don’t forget that it’s only a year that Zambia won the trophy. They are very strong. Yes they struggled against Uganda.

“But the fact that they could go out there in Kampala and against all the odds, and against the vociferous fans out there, they could still maintain and compose themselves to triumph ultimately, tells you that they will be a force to reckon with.

“There will be other top nations out there and I personally do not think that Ghana goes out there as the huge favourite.

“I think we have to lower expectations. If you sort my candid opinion, it’s going to be very tough but in my view Cote D’voire will start as favourite.

The Ghanaians are housed in group B where they will play DR Congo, Mali and Niger in Port Elizabeth.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • george dodoo says:
    November 25, 2012 12:58 pm
    Abna U-20 was won in Egypt not Brazil.......In-fact i was expectin Mr Yeboah to say GH is now building a team but rather saying this ithink He hit below belt but with right aproch we may win the cup...GEORGE FRENCH
  • abena says:
    November 24, 2012 12:49 pm
    Ghana will win this tournament!! Mark my words on it. Just like we won the U-20's in brazil so will we win this!!IJN amen
  • Asara says:
    November 24, 2012 11:30 am
    i strongly disagree with Kwabena Yeboah, Black Stars winning the AFCON is not too much expectation. dont forget this is GHANA BLACK STARS not the National team of Cape Verde. they should win the AFCON and we dont expect anything less than that. after all you go into a competition to win the ultimate. Kwabena Yeboah this one de3 wan kani yea.
  • Ogya says:
    November 25, 2012 05:38 pm
    som eone tell me, Black stars and zambia, who is better player 4 player? i rest my case.
  • theprince says:
    November 23, 2012 03:49 pm
    If minnows lyk zambia were able to win trophy last year why cant ghana win it this time around.Self believe spirit of togetherness and luck ghana can bring this trophy home.
  • B k says:
    November 23, 2012 02:19 pm
    Ansong u are a block headed person how can u call the national coach a Kumasi coach or we should give the team to your father?
  • Ansong says:
    November 23, 2012 10:05 am
    I strongly agree with mr Yeboah but he failed to mention the truth about tactically blind kumasi coach who lacks both vision and experience to lead the Mighty Black Stars.we still have enough talent (k asamoah,dede,clottey,astu,jordan,warris and badu but we cannot win any cup until we sack these kumasi coaches whose main goal is chop-chop.wise up*
  • David Agbemavor says:
    November 23, 2012 10:28 am
    how can a person who call him self a ghanian to say that can of a word to black star ?, is a proud of every ghanian to see the national team do well, ashanti people are the problem of ghana anytime them with they stupid talk to run ghana down
  • Justice Twumasi says:
    November 23, 2012 10:28 am
    Ansong its wrong to say Kumasi coach, i agree with you that Mr Kwasi Appiah lacks scientific approach to coach the Black Stars but to say a Kumasi Coach is totally wrong.
  • INKOOM says:
    November 23, 2012 10:34 am
    i do have a feeling ,we gonna lose to Zambia again.
  • idiami says:
    November 23, 2012 11:05 am
    the coach dnt knw what he is doin?fool
  • kimco says:
    November 23, 2012 11:32 am
    @ david- so in other word you want him to lie to you, right? you'd prefer it if he told you that we're going to win the tourney even if didn't appear so? The state of mind of the narrow minded ghanaian is certainly getting worse. God really help us.
  • Nana Owusu says:
    November 23, 2012 12:02 pm
    Why some Ghanians are soo stupid?? aba!! Can't we support our own man for ones?? We have try this white coaches for long time but they couldn't won anything 4 us but now the time is here for us to show the wold that Black man can manage his own affairs. Mr AA performance have not been bad either. 4 competitive matches played so far, he have been able to win 3 with 10 goals for and lose only 1 with only 1 goal against and still people don't appreciate him?? haha!! what kind of country are we living?? Ansong & Justice Twumasi don't comment on this website again again cos u hav nothing to offer. U are backwardly retarded. Emancipate urslef form mental slave. Thank you.
  • yaw2 says:
    November 23, 2012 11:56 am
    Ghana have the players to win it ..Is all depend on players selectons. Formation,tactics and right substituton.A good coach can always win a game from the bench.
  • kwame pito says:
    November 23, 2012 11:47 am
    i advice Akwasi Appiah to do his own thing so that in the case he fails he will have no regrets. All those people calling for A.a to call Quincy will be the same people to call Akwasi Appiah a fr3fr3kobo coach later.