Ghana deputy skipper Andre Ayew has stated that he and his colleagues will give their all in bid to end the country’s 37-year Africa Cup of Nations trophy drought.
The Black Stars take on the Harambee Stars of Kenya in the final qualifier of the 2019 Afcon slated for Egypt in June. Both countries have qualified ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.
Kwasi Appian’s charges have since 1982 played in three finals – Senegal 1992, Angola 2010 and Equatorial Guinea 2015 – and lost all.
“Everybody wants the trophy; the players want the trophy, the country wants it. And I think we are going to do everything we can. But the Afcon is far; [from] now to there, there is time.
“I thank God I have the opportunity to be at five Afcons so I know how difficult it is to even qualify from the group stage,” Ayew stated.
“Each game is going to come one at a time. Now there are even 24 teams so it is even harder than it was before so we have to prepare very well, keep the unity.
“I think Ghana for the past 10-15 years has always been part of the favourites for the Afcon and it wouldn’t change. There are other three or four countries who are at similar levels to us. They have the same pressure in their country but we need it, we want it and will do everything to get it.
“Everyone is going to give everything he has in his body to make sure that we go as far as we can to go and bring the trophy. If we give everything we have, at the end of it, everything is in the hands of Allah and he will deliver what we deserve to have,” he added.
Andre Ayew is billed to captain the team on Saturday against Kenya following the absence of Asamoah Gyan.
The Black Stars have so far held three training sessions as they intensify their preparation.