Ghana coach Charles Akonnor has reacted to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw which saw the Black Stars paired against Morocco, Gabon and Comoros in Group C.
Akonnor attended Tuesday evening’s ceremony in Yaounde, Cameroon where the delayed tournament will be played from 9 January to February 6 2022.
“I think [the draw] is okay,” Akonnor told 3sports‘ Kelvin Owusu Ansah in Cameroon after the draw.
“I didn’t come here with a lot of expectations regarding which group I want to be in. Nowadays football is evolving and so you cannot expect weaker things.
“We are preparing feverishly for the tournament and the world cup qualifiers and I’m sure we will be ready.
The Black Stars will open their campaign on January 10 against Morocco, a side that beat them 1-0 in an international friendly in June.
“I think we had a strong friendly [match] with Morocco a few months ago and thank God they are in our group. It gives us an idea of the opponent. I am thankful to the Ghana FA for organizing the friendly,” Akonnor added.
After Morocco, Akonnor’s side will come up against Gabon who are captained by Arsenal star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and face debutants Comoros in their final group game.
The Black Stars will be based in Yaounde for their group matches.
The tournament will be Akonnor’s first since his appointment as Black Stars coach in early 2020, and according to the former Ghana captain, he doesn’t feel any pressure.
He said: “I am not under any pressure [to win the tournament]. You guys [the media] give me pressure back home but for me, I am okay.”
However, Akonnor is fully aware of the task, which is to win the elusive fifth crown.
“Ghanaians are yearning for the cup and we will do our best to get it,” he said.