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19.06.2019 Cup of Nations

AFCON 2019: Black Stars Players Must Work Hard To Win AFCON - John Paintsil

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
AFCON 2019: Black Stars Players Must Work Hard To Win AFCON - John Paintsil
JUN 19, 2019 CUP OF NATIONS

Former Ghana defender, John Paintsil says the Black Stars can win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations should they stay focus.

Despite reaching the semi-finals in the last six editions of the competition, the Black Stars are yet to get a hand on the title having come close in 1992, 2010 and 2015.

The former West Ham and Fulham defender who was a member of the Black Stars Cup of Nations squads in 2008 and 2013 has urged the team to put in more efforts at this year’s competition.

“I think with determination, hard work, confidence, teamwork, respect and I think the Coach being there for the players and players being there for the Coach,” the former West Ham United defender spoke to TV3.

“In terms of discipline, discipline means keeping their positions right, those who need to recover should recover, the team shape must be accurate, not left wing going, left back going. If the Coach asks them to keep a change they must keep a change, they understand these terms.

“So with all these everything will come right with them but if they lose focus if they lose discipline on the field they can get punished.”

The Black Stars will arrive in Egypt on Friday after a two-week training tour in the UAE.

Ghana opens her Group campaign with a game against Benin on Tuesday.

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