David Ducan backs Ghana to win 2019 Afcon

Published on: 12 January 2019

David Duncan believes Ghana can win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nation despite the increase in the number of participating teams. 

Originally 16 teams participated at the competition, however as part of Caf’s new reforms, the tournament which is scheduled to kickoff  between June 15 and July 13 in Egypt will welcome 24 teams for the first time.

Since 1982, Ghana have failed to secure any major silverware and are seeking to break a 37-year jinx by winning the Afcon title.

“There’s nothing logical to suggest that the higher the number, the more difficult it's going to be," Duncan, former coach of local giants Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, told Ghanaweb.

“For me, I think basically it's all about preparation.

"Preparation gives you the urge, it necessarily won’t make you win it but at least it gives you an urge to win it.

He continued, “When Ghana entered the competition in 1963, we had just four teams but we entered and won it.

"So who knows? It might be a good omen that anytime the number is increased, Ghana is able to galvanize itself to win it.”

Ghana has won the Afcon on four occasions - in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982.

However, the Black Stars have endured a series of near misses since their last success, reaching the semi-finals of the last six tournaments and the final in 2010 and 2015.