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04.05.2019 Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: Winning AFCON Is Not A Difficult Task - George Afriyie

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
AFCON 2019: Winning AFCON Is Not A Difficult Task - George Afriyie

Life financier of Okyeman Planners, George Afriyie is convinced winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt is not beyond Ghana but has warned that James Kwesi Appiah's reign as coach of the Black Stars should not come to an automatic end should the team fail to win the upcoming.

Kwesi Appiah and his technical team are set for a mission to claim their fifth continental title at the June 21 to July 19 championship following a series of near-misses in 1992, 2010 and 2015

Having lifted the last of their four trophies in 1982, there is ever-increasing pressure on the former Al Khartoum manager to bring home the title in his second stint in charge of the national setup.

However, the former Black Stars management committee chairman is convinced the Black Stars can end the country's trophless jinx.

“Targets are set to be fulfilled but the fact that you are not able to achieve the target does not necessarily mean that they will show you the exit door," Afriyie told Oman FM.

"Those were his targets and I still stand by it.
"I don’t want us to rule ourselves out. We can still win the Afcon.

"It’s possible and it's an achievable target."

Ghana have been drawn against defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F.

Appiah's second Ghana spell began in May 2017 after earlier leading the Black Stars between 2012 and 2014.

He was sacked after the team's first-round exit from the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

For his second tenure, the 58-year-old's main task, set by the Ghana Football Association at a time when Afriyie was at his post as vice president, is to win this Afcon in Egypt.