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Chinese winger Acheampong believes in Akonnor’s ability to win Afcon in Ghana

Tianjin forward Teda shares thoughts on Black Stars’ search for fifth continental title

China-based Ghanaian midfielder Frank Acheampong has said Black Stars coach CK Akonnor will need to stay true to himself to lead the team to glory.

The former Wolfsburg captain has been tasked with guiding Ghana to a fifth Africa Cup of Nations title and helping the team return to the World Cup.

He took office in January last year after the departure of James Kwasi Appiah.

“I think he is very aware of the opportunity that has been given to him and as a coach any big opportunity you get you have to put it to good use,” said Tianjin forward Teda Acheampong, who was last called on an international mission in 2018. Citi Sports.

“I think he’s going to do well. He just has to stay true to himself and he will succeed.

“For me, whenever he chooses me, I am ready to come and wear the colors of the nation and fight for my country.”

Akonnor has so far suffered mixed results as a Ghana coach.

In their first game at the helm, the Black Stars succumbed to a 3-0 loss to Mali in a friendly match last October. Days later, the four-time African champions rebounded with a big 5-1 victory over the Asian champions and 2022 World Cup host Qatar in a second friendly.

Ghana returned to action in November with a 2-0 home win over Sudan in the Afcon qualifiers but suffered a 1-0 loss in the reverse away game.

Currently leading Group C in qualifying, the Stars are set to face South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe next month to conclude qualifying.

In Cameroon next year, Ghana will try to win their first continental title in 40 years if they make it to the championship.

“It’s not about me. It’s about us,” Akonnor spoke about Ghana’s Afcon ambitions last year.

“In 30 years we haven’t won Afcon. I don’t want to be just another coach who comes to manage Ghana and goes there and then it’s the same story.

“I want us to work and make an impact, to be relevant.”

Ghana are also looking to return to the World Cup next year, having missed the last edition in Russia.

They qualified for three consecutive tournaments between 2006 and 2014.


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