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Ghana coach, Gyan positive of Ghana’s chances
Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013
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Bitter-sweet feelings have marked striker Asamoah Gyan’s history
with his national team but the striker says he is feeling positive
about Ghana’s chances of winning their fifth African title at this
month's Cup of Nations.
Gyan aged 27, was not born the last time Ghana won a major
trophy at full national team level, but he says the mood in the camp
is positive as the side try to compliment their positive recent history.
“I’m very hopeful we can end the long wait for the African title. The
squad is fully prepared for the competition and I'm quite positive
about our chances.
Twice the Al Ain forward has opted to prematurely fold up his
international career after denunciation from supporters - the latest
after last year's tournament staged in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
- only to announce a return four months later.
On the journey to the top in South Africa, the Black Stars must
contend with old foes, Mali, Congo DR and Niger and Gyan says the
group test will be trying even before they consider taking on the big
guns of Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and holders Zambia.
“No team can be underrated at this level. All four sides in the group
are strong contenders. We played Mali at the 2012 edition and saw
their performance. Niger, though not a big team, has a strong side
and can always cause an upset,” he remarked.
En route to the tournament, the Black Stars will camp in Abu Dhabi,
a city where the Ghanaian forward is idolized for his striking abilities
for local side, Al Ain. He is the current top scorer just behind his 22
goals netted last