AFCON 2023: A good start for Black Stars will make subsequent games easier – Otto Addo

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Former Black Stars head coach Otto Addo believes Ghana enjoying success at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will depend on how they start.

The Black Stars’ slow starts in their last two competitions have seen them get knocked out in the group stage of both the 2021 AFCON and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Addo, who was in charge of the team at the World Cup, says the team would need to be at their best from the start if they are to do well in Ivory Coast.

“Everything is possible just…it is very important to take it step by step. Nowadays there are no weak teams. Everybody can defend which makes it very difficult for Ghana and the first step is to qualify for the next stage, that is, to survive the group stage- to finish as best as possible and maybe get easier opponents in the following round,” he told GTV Sports+ in an interview.

“It’s a young team that comes together. It is not easy to put all the things together at these championships (AFCON), anything can happen.

“There’s no weak team anymore. You have to earn your wins very hard. Once we get a good start, it makes the following games easier.”

The Black Stars are in Group B of the AFCON and face competition from Cape Verde, Egypt and Mozambique.

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