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2023 AFCON: Only a miracle will qualify Ghana from the group stage  – J.E Sarpong

2023 AFCON: Only a miracle will qualify Ghana from the group stage  - J.E Sarpong

Former Ebusua Dwarfs head coach, J.E Sarpong has entreated Ghanaians to lower their expectations for the Black Stars ahead of the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast next year.

Ghana has been touted by many African football pundits as one of the favorite countries to lift the 2023 AFCON trophy despite not winning it for the past forty years.

The four-time AFCON champions have been drawn in same group with Egypt, Cape Verde and Mozambique in the upcoming tournament in Ivory Coast.

However, speaking on Sompa FM in Kumasi, coach J.E Sarpong believes considering the Black Stars shambolic performance against Mexico and USA in the October international break, Ghana is not among the countries favorite to win the forthcoming AFCON despite boasting of highly-talented players.

The astute gaffer is of the strong conviction that Ghana will find it difficult to qualify from the group stage should the Black Stars continue with same abysmal performance.

“At the moment, it is impossible for Ghana to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which is a fact. It will even take a miracle for Ghana to qualify for the next round of the tournament,” he told Kumasi-based Sompa FM.

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“In our group, everyone is talking about Egypt because they are the most successful team in the AFCON but they seem to be struggling recently and I think the focus should be on Cape Verde and Mozambique.

“In our case, we have lost to Comoros and have been struggling to win games so it will be difficult for Ghana to win the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast.

“I will implore Ghanaians to lower their expectations because it will take a miracle for us to qualify for the next round of the tournament. We are not the favourite to win the tournament,” he added.

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