Kwesi Nyantakyi: Ghana will outshine Malawi to qualify for 2013 Afcon

The GFA boss is not ruling out any possible surprise when his charges meet the Flames in the final round of the Afcon, but remains confident they’ll sail through
The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi is optimistic the Black Stars will walkover Malawi in the final round of qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The four-time African champions will host The Flames in the first leg tie in September after being drawn against them on Thursday.

Nyantakyi is not looking down on the southern Africans, but believes Ghana have “the pedigree that puts us” ahead of the Flames.

“We are way ahead of them,” the football administrator told Ghana. “We’re not going to be complacent, but we’ll beat them.”

He said the GFA will ensure everything is put in place to enable the Black Stars to qualify for the continental showpiece being staged in South Africa next year.

“We can be surprised, but we have the men. We will put the necessary arrangement and preparation in place to make sure we qualify ahead of Malawi. It’s doable and we’ll not let our fans down,” Nyantakyi stated.

Next year's finals will mark the last time that the Afcon will be held in even-number years since Ethiopia staged the 1968 finals.

The competition switches to uneven-number years from 2013 to avoid every second tournament being staged in the same year as a World Cup.