AFCON 2019: It will be difficult for Ghana to lift the ultimate – John Bannerman

Former Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder, John Bannerman believes it will be very difficult for Ghana to win the 2019 AFCON to be hosted in Egypt.

The 24 teams tournament that will kick start on June 21 and end at July 19, 2019 will see Ghana battling it out to return the trophy back in Accra in July 19, 2019.

Ghana last won the trophy in 1982 in Libya and since then have been chasing for the fifth time AFCON gold medal but to no avail.

The Black Stars are determined to sink any team in the upcoming competition this time around to clinch the trophy for the fifth in Egypt.

However, John Bannerman who was an integral member of the Ghana’s team that won the 1982 AFCON trophy in Libya, believes the current Black squad  is not weighty enough to scare the rest of the countries even though Ghana has a rich history in the AFCON.

“It will be very difficult for Ghana to win the ultimate but the opening game against Benin will determine whether the Black Stars can win the ultimate or not. I think we don’t have a weighty squad that can put fear in our opponents”, Bannerman told in an exclusive interview.

Meanwhile, Black Stars head coach, James Kwesi Appiah has announced his final 23-member squad for the main tournament with Andre Dede Ayew to serve as the captain while Asamoah Gyan remains as the general captain.

The team after losing to Namibia by a lone goal in pre-afcon friendly at the United Arab Emirates, will wrap up the preparations with another friendly against South Africa before moving to Egypt for the tournament.

Ghana has been pitted in Group F together with Benin, Guinea-Bassau and Cameroon and will face off Benin in the opening game.

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