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21.05.2019 Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: Stephen Appiah Hoping For Ghana, Nigeria AFCON Finals

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
AFCON 2019: Stephen Appiah Hoping For Ghana, Nigeria AFCON Finals

A former skipper of the Black Stars, Stephen Appiah is hoping for Ghana and Nigeria in the finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana will be hoping to win the ultimate for the fifth time whiles The Super Eagles will be hoping to make history on the continent.

Appiah, who now serves as the technical coordinator of the Black Stars who was in Nigeria for the Africa Legends testimonial match in honour of the governor of Lagos, revealed Ghana will win the Nations Cup but wants a final between the Black Stars and Nigeria in Egypt.

“The AFCON is here again and I will be tipping Ghana to lift the trophy. Playing against Nigeria in the final will be nice. The rivalry between the two African nations will help make the tournament a good one," he told Sun Sports Nigeria.

“Both countries have what it takes to beat any opposition. I am glad the tournament is now a larger one. We will be seeing 24 teams across Africa unlike the previous ones when we had only 16 teams.

“I’m sure the players now know what’s at stake. Ghana playing Nigeria in the final of an AFCON competition will be a dream come true for both West African countries. Looking at the situation on ground, both country will be parading young lads which will make the tournament a mouthwatering one.

“ Let’s just keep our fingers crossed. The tournament is around and I’m sure both countries have really prepared to return with gold,” he concluded.

The Nations Cup has been expanded from 16 teams to 24 for the first time in the continent's history.

Ghana are in Group F alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea Bissau whiles Nigeria are in Group E alongside South Africa, Libya and Seychelles.

The 32nd edition of the AFCON will start from June 21 to July 19.