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Veteran Ghanaian coach Joseph Sarpong urges Black Stars on after 'easy' Afcon draw

10:37 AM GMT+4 14/04/2019
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The renowned coach shares his thoughts on the four-time champions' group for the 2019 continental showpiece

Veteran Ghanaian coach Joseph 'JE' Sarpong believes the Black Stars have "no reason to fail" after being handed an "easy group" in the final draw for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Friday's exercise saw Kwesi Appiah's outfit placed in Group F, which includes defending champions Cameroon as well as minnows Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

The four-time champions will open the campaign against The Squirrels on June 25, four days before taking on the Indomitable Lions, whom they lost to in the semi-final of the last gathering in 2017.

The last group game will be against Guinea-Bissau on July 2.

"Ghana have been handed an easy draw and there is no reason for us to fail," Sarpong told Otec FM.

"Ghanaians always want an easy route so I don't see why anyone will complain [about the draw].

"However, we should not be complacent of Guinea Bissau and Benin. They can surprise us."

Ghana, who last won the title in 1982, are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time in 37 years.

The Black Stars have reached the semi-final of the last six tournaments, making the final in 2010 and 2015.