Kingston: Ghana must draw inspiration from Zambia, Cameroun
Former Black Stars winger, Laryea Kingston, believes that the ‘underdog’ tag on the team ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) could be an advantage in their quest to end a 37-year trophy drought.
Kingston, who was a key part of the team when they won bronze at the 2008 AFCON hosted in Ghana, explained that Ghana’s chances at the continental showpiece next month remained bright despite being underrated due to the unavailability of big names in the team.
He noted that the team did not necessarily need big-name players to excel in the competition just as Zambia and Cameroun proved when they won the continental title without known players.
Now retired, the 38-year-old winger charged the Black Stars to take a cue from Zambia and Cameroun who became champions in 2012 and 2017 respectively with virtually unknown players.
“I don’t think the tournament is about names because Zambia and Cameroun won it recently when no one expected them because they didn’t have the big names.
“What matters most is the team playing collectively at the tournament in order to stand a chance at winning the competition because Ghana has a brighter chance of becoming champions,” said Kingston, who featured in the 2006 and 2008 AFCON tourneys.
The former Accra Great Olympics and Hearts of Oak player believes the Stars can take inspiration from the 2012 and 2017 champions in their quest to break Ghana’s 37-year AFCON jinx.
Ghana’s Coach, Kwasi Appiah, labelled his side as ‘underdogs’ after the tournament draws in Egypt, with some Ghanaians bemoaning what they perceive as the lack of quality in the team despite parading big names such as Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, John Boye, Harrison Afful, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mubarak Wakaso, among others, who are not in the best of form going into the tournament.
However, Kingston -- who made 41 appearances and scored six goals for the senior national team -- has urged coach Appiah to assemble a team that will be able to contest for the trophy and finally end the country’s long wait for a fifth continental title having been with the team for over the last two years.