Badu: former Udinese ace defines Ghana CAN title and priority for World Cup qualification


Former Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu would rather see Ghana win the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon than qualify for the next World Cup in Qatar.

The Black Stars have long been chasing a fifth continental title since defeating Libya on penalties to win the 1982 championship.

Their World Cup history, on the other hand, currently ends up in a sad tale after missing out on qualifying for Russia 2018, after suffering a disastrous campaign at the 2014 rally in Brazil.

“For me, I would rather win the Afcon than qualify for the World Cup, that’s my opinion,” Badu, 30, who retired from international football last year, told Starr FM. .

“I went to five Afcons, I won the U20 World Cup, I know what I won when I won it.

“So imagine that after 40 years, if my brothers over there can win the Afcon, it will have a huge impact on their careers and for the nation, so I would prefer that.”

To win the next CAN, which is due to start on January 9 and end on February 6, Ghana must first come out of a group that also includes Morocco, Gabon and the Comoros.

This will be the Black Stars’ 23rd appearance at the Continental Showcase.

“I think it’s a delicate group,” legendary Ghanaian striker Gyan said of the Black Stars’ first round opponents for the upcoming event.

“Morocco are up there, I think they only conceded one goal in qualifying, which is statistically one of the strongest in the group.

“Ghana is also up there. This is my country, I will support my country. But everyone who qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations will win. So statistically, we’re up there but we don’t know what’s going to happen.

“We just have to stay focused and do what we can do to qualify for this group and then we’ll see what happens because without [qualifying from] the group, you can’t think of winning the cup.

“So we have to make sure we qualify from the group stage and then think about winning the cup.”

Ahead of Afcon’s arrival early next year, the Black Stars will face Ethiopia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifying group stage starting in September. .


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