Ex-Black Stars goalie Richard Kingson upbeat about Ghana’s chances of winning 2019 AFCON

Published on: 18 June 2019

Ex-Black Stars goalkeeper, Richard Kingson has stressed that Ghana has a good chance of winning this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament to finally end that 37-year wait.

The West African Country is enjoying a trophy drought dating back to 1982 when they last conquered the continent. Whiles the team hopes to break that jinx, it will be even difficult this year especially when the tournament has been expanded to 24 Nations.

Speaking in a recent interview with GHANAsoccernet.com however, the Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer has noted that there is a chance for the Stars to win Gold at the 2019 AFCON whiles citing that the current squad has some great players that can compete with any of the top teams on the continent.

“We have to focus on ourselves. We have lots of young players and the cohesion among the players is right so everything is possible. We have a chance of winning the tournament because, we have a great team to do that, but we'll need the prayers of every Ghanaian to make it happen”, he said.

He further highlighted, “I'm sure there's a doubt lingering on the minds of some Ghanaians because we failed to win any of our two friendly games but it's all part of the preparations and we're trying out new system which will take little time to sit well with the team. In the second half against South Africa, it manifested but I'm sure we'll perfect it before we play our first game against Benin on June 25”.

According to Richard Kingson, he has confidence in the team because of the zeal they have exhibited throughout their training tour in Dubai. This he is hoping will yield good results for the team when the tournament starts in Egypt later this week.

“The boys have exhibited some level of zeal throughout our camping here in Dubai and we hope to continue on that path during the competition”.

Ahead of the tourney, Ghana has been drawn in Group F where they are expected to play the likes of Benin, Guinea Bissau, and defending Champions Cameroon. Though the opening match between Egypt and Zimbabwe will be played on Friday, June 21, The Black Stars will have to wait 4 days later to play Benin.