By Kolade Oni
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is playing down the chances of its senior national team, the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations despite the team's impressive results in the build up to the competition.
The Black Stars thrashed seven-time African champions Egypt 3-0 and defeated 2004 champions Tunisia 4-2 ahead of South Africa 2013, but the Vice President of the GFA, Fred Crentsil in a chat with Goal.com said that the pre-tournament form would count for nothing if the team fails to beat its opponents at the tournament.
Crentsil believes Ghana's first round opponents at the Afcon – Mali, DR Congo and Niger Republic – leaves any prediction of where the West African country would end after February 10 a tough call to make hence his view that the Black Stars should only be rated after the first tie against the Simbas of DR Congo.
"By January 20 when we play our first match at the Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana should be ready as a nation. We are still in our preparatory stages but I believe that we still have a young team and quite a capable team,” Crentsil told Goal.com.
The football administrator opined that it would be difficult to predict the winner of the Afcon since the gap between the so called established football nations and the smaller teams have been closed up hence his decision not to be hasty at making any prediction.
"Every nation that has qualified for this Africa Cup will certainly do well. There are no soccer minnows in Africa anymore. I believe that each and every team has a chance and I'm hoping that Ghana will win," he said.