2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Abubakar Damba insists this year’s tournament is important for the country

Former Black Stars goalkeeper, Abukari Damba believes the involvement of “high-profile personalities” in the Black Stars signals how badly the nation wants to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Veteran striker Asamoah Gyan announced his retirement from international duty for being stripped of the captaincy ahead of the tournament.

However, the 33-year-old rescinded his decision after President Akufo Addo intervened.

“There is pressure on the team and there will always be pressure on the team to win,” Damba, a member of Ghana’s squad at the 1992 Afcon told Class FM.

“For thirty-seven long years, we have been waiting. We want to win the Cup.

“These issues that have come up have really sent some very strong signals to the players, especially with the intervention of certain high profile personalities.

“It simply tells the players how important this [Cup] means to the country as a whole.

“People will not take kindly to anything rather than the ultimate, and they [Black Stars] need to deliver and they must deliver.”

Ghana won the last of their four titles in 1982 and have since made the final on three occasions.

At the upcoming tournament, the Black Stars have been pitted against defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F.

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