AFCON 2019: Five Black Stars Players To Watch Out For
The Black Stars of Ghana touched down in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday ahead of the start of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. The team made the trip to Ismailia where they will play their group matches against the Squirrels of Benin Cameroon’s indomitable lions before moving to Suez for the final Group F fixture against Guinea-Bissau.
Coach Kwasi Appiah’s side are bent on beginning their campaign on the high by beating Benin as they quest to end the 37-year wait for the AFCON title.
This Black Stars side is a mix between fresh blood and experience. Considering this, there are some players in this team that the African Continent and the world as a whole should look forward to.
5- Joseph Aidoo
Joseph Aidoo, having had a blistering season with Genk in Belgium, had his first national team call up in March 2019 after impressing the Stars’ technical handlers with his calmness on the pitch.
With forty-one matches including Europa League games,the young defender has been a distinctive performer for the Belgium side as they won their top flight league.
Genk star Aidoo would be having a taste of the AFCON for the first time with hopes of contributing meaningfully to the team.
4- Samuel Owusu
Virtually unknown until his maiden call-up into the Black Stars ahead of the African Cup of Nations; Cukaricki’s Samuel Owusu, played 33 times for the Serbian side, scoring seven goals and providing ten assists.
Touted as one of the most exciting youngsters in the Serbian SuperLiga, Samuel Owusu operates in a play-making role and occasionally a free-attacking role. He is comfortable attacking on either wing or through the centre of the pitch
3- Mubarak Wakaso
One of the senior players coach Kwesi Appiah would be counting on to deliver is Mubarak Wakaso, who has enjoyed a fruitful season with the Spanish-based club Alaves, where he has made twenty-nine appearances with a goal and an assist.
With so much experience under his belt in such tournaments, the left footed midfielder would be a starter for Ghana, as he would leave no stone unturned in a quest to write his name in gold for his country.
2- Thomas Partey
Winning the Best Sports Personality in Ghana comes with so much work and dedication and Thomas Partey has exhibited that at the highest level. Helping guide Atletico Madrid to a second spot finish in the 2018/2019 league season, Partey has what it takes to marshal a winsome midfield for Ghana.
With three goals, four assists and forty-two outings for the Spanish club, Partey’s positive contribution would propel Ghana to a very good tournament.
1- Christian Atsu
Newcastle United star Christian Atsu is overly optimistic that Ghana will end the 37 years wait for the AFCON trophy by lifting the gong in Egypt. Having scored one goal in twenty eight matches for the magpies this season, the winger in an interview said “It’s my fourth time and I believe this is the time for us to win. The believe is so strong for me and I believe this time we will win it.”
Atsu also revealed that the current generation of Black Stars players owe it a responsibility to win the trophy because it has eluded the country for far too long.
Ghana could be among the surprise teams at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt this year having lost the status of their favourite due to disappointments in recent times.
Source: Ghana| raylizaonine.com| Asumadu Frinpong