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AFCON qualifiers: Local boys can deliver, says Isaac Coffie

Isaac Coffie

The Sivasspor midfielder Isaac Coffie is optimistic that the new-look Black Stars team will meet the expectations of Ghanaians despite their relative inexperience.

The Black Stars’ coach, C K Akonnor, has settled on a team dominated by players from the Ghana Premier League for the team’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2022 qualifiers with South Africa and São Tomé e Príncipe.

Akonnor made this decision following the reluctance of most European clubs to release their Ghanaian players over COVID-19 concerns.

The situation, Isaac Coffie says, is good for players in the Ghana Premier League who deserve such an opportunity.

“Many are worried that because we don’t have experienced players for this assignment, we may not get the results. But I beg to differ. I believe there is an opportunity in every situation.

“The truth is that our players in the Ghana League are very talented. If we can create a good environment to play, give them confidence and ensure that the team is well prepared for the game, I am positive they will deliver the results Ghanaians are looking for,” he told Asaase Sports.

“Unique” opportunity

Coffie also spoke about the impact of the AFCON opportunity on the Ghana Premier League.

“For some time now, we have not completed a football season in Ghana. So to have the League in session and this many players receiving call-ups to the Black Stars is fantastic.

“It’s great for the League, because the players get a unique opportunity to showcase their talent,” he said.

The Black Stars continued their preparations with a 3-1 win over Legon Cities at the Accra Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

Victor Atsu Tamakloe

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