Sports News of Mon, 31 Dec 20182

Rejuvenated Majeed Waris eyes Africa Cup of Nations spot

Nantes forward Abdul Majeed Waris has set his sights on winning a place in Ghana’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

The Black Stars have already secured qualification to the continent's flagship tournament after Sierra Leone was removed from the competition by CAF.

The 27-year-old missed Ghana's last two appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations due to injury but has since returned stronger hoping to be a part of the team for AFCON 2019.

"My dream of playing at the Nations Cup's been on hold because I've been unfortunate with injuries in the past," Waris told BBC Sport.

"It's taken a lot out of me to truly understand my body and how to manage it after games.

"After playing at the World Cup, I'd love the opportunity to play for my country at such a big continental tournament.

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"Now I play without any problems and hope it continues so I can get a chance to live this dream."

The 27-year-old has had a good run of games in France playing 18 games already and has three goals to his credit since joining Nantes on loan in the summer.

But the former Lorient striker believes it will take a lot of hard work for him to make the team for the next AFCON.

"We have quality players in the national team and everyone will be fighting hard to earn a spot," he added.

"There are six important months between now and the tournament, so the hard work starts when the season resumes in France.

"I have put the tough injury past behind me and I now play with so much positivity."

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