A senior sports journalist at Sky FM, a private radio station in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo region Precious Semevoh has expressed optimism about the Black stars chances of qualifying from group C to progress to the next stage in the upcoming 2015 Africa cup of nations slated for Equatorial Guinea.
He however cautioned the stars that any complacency on their part they risk being eliminated from the group stage of the competition which would be a major blow to the team and the nation.
Ghana is in group C which many soccer pundits describe as one of the toughest groups comprising of some of the tournament’s favourites namely Algeria, Senegal and South Africa whose exploits in the African continent in recent years have been remarkable.
speaking in an interview with bacelebrity, Mr Semevoh said the stars have huge task ahead of them considering the calibre of teams that formed the group who are all forces to reckon with and are well poised to showcase their mettle on the Africa’s biggest football platform.
Analysing the strengths of the stars opponents,the senior sports presenter described the Algerian team which is currently the top ranked team in Africa as a consistent and technically disciplined side and they demonstrated it at the world cup and during the African cup of nations qualifying matches. No wonder they are considered as the favourite to win the cup of nation, he added.
Turning to Senegal, he said they are also a big threat in the group considering the fact that,most of their players play consistently in top notch leagues in the world, the likes of Cisse and Demba Ba.
Touching on the the South African team, Mr Semevoh disclosed that, the south African team under its new coach is a team built around young players who are hungry for success and are also ready to make a mark in the competition in order to attract the attention of big clubs in Europe.
He called for an effective preparation ahead of the tournament to give ample time to the new coach to build a solid team to be able to stand the onslaught of its opponents.
He also added that, Ghanaians should not expect so much from the new coach in the upcoming tournament since this is his maiden coaching job in Africa and therefore not familiar with the terrain.
On the question whether Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien and Kelvin Prince Boateng should be recalled to the team, the sports journalist indicated that, if the players show remorse and apologise to the nation for their misconduct at the world cup, the coach should reconsider handing them a call up to the team to beef up the team but added that, the call up should be on merit.