2021 AFCON: President Nana Akufo-Addo urges Ghana to break 40-year trophy jinx
President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has backed the Black Stars to break their 40-year-old jinx by winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The four-time African champions have not won the coveted trophy since beating Libya to win the 1982 tournament.
Milovan Rajevac’s side will open their campaign against Morocco on Monday before playing Gabon and Comoros in the other Group C matches.
“On the eve of the 2021 AFCON, I send best wishes from all Ghanaians to you, the playing, technical and management teams of the senior national football side, the Black Stars. We’re all happy that the AFCON 2021 tournament is going to be held, the coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding,” Nana Addo said.
“Like with every other edition of the AFCON, the Ghanaian people demand nothing short of ultimate glory from the Stars. The pressure to succeed is understandably high because of our status as four-time winners and also because it has been 40 long years since we last lifted the trophy. The target for you naturally is to bring the cup home.
“We have to go a step further than the second places recorded in 1992, 2010, and 2015 and bring the 40-year drought to an end. The task may be daunting but it is certainly not insurmountable to match any of the best teams on the continent. I believe that in the current crop of players we have the talent to match any of the best teams on the continent.”