Anthony Baffoe, a former defender for Ghana, thinks the Black Stars have a great chance of making it out of Group B and competing in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Record-winners Egypt, Cape Verde, and Mozambique were matched with the Black Stars.
Egypt has won all four of their matches against Ghana; Mozambique is returning to the competition after a 13-year hiatus; and Cape Verde will be participating for the fourth time since 2013.
Baffoe, who played 25 games for the Black Stars, acknowledges that the group is challenging.
With Egypt as their formidable opponent and their captain, Mohamed Salah, this is a very difficult group. It has not been comfortable for us to play with Cape Verde. We have Mozambique, making it two Portuguese-speaking countries,’’ Baffoe stated in an interview monitored by 1Family Radio.
Nonetheless, the Ghanaian, who was born in Germany, thinks his country has what it takes to advance beyond the group.
“I’m confident that we will emerge first or second in the group. In our last tournament in Cameroon, we didn’t perform well, but generally, we are a tournament team. We still have experienced players like Thomas Partey, Jordan Ayew, and Mohammed Kudus, who are the superstars on the team. We are stabilized with our goalkeeper, Lawrence Ati-Zigi.’’
“I have confidence in the team; it’s not going to be easy, but I know Ghana will come out of this group. The gap between the teams is becoming closer, but we have to be on our toes to do well,’’ he added.