18 January 2013

Ghana: Abedi Pele - 'Ghana Can Win the Cup'

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Goal-scorers Kwadwo Asamoah of Ghana, left, and Tresor Mputu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, compete for the ball in Port Elizabeth.

Former Black Stars captain Abedi Pele believes Ghana can win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa.

The former Olympic Marseille kingpin says it is possible if only the team eschews complacency.

Pele, who was part of the team that won Ghana's last Nations Cup title in 1982 at age 16 holds the record for the most appearance in the Afcon final.

"Ghana have always been one of the strongest in the Afcon so I believe that Ghana is always going to play that seniority role in the Afcon," he football maestro told Metro Tv.

"The coach has done his homework, and the technical men have made their choices. They have won a couple of friendly matches and have given the country a lot of hope and confidence so we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping it goes well for them."

The 48-year-old was, however, quick to caution the team against complacency.

"Football on the continent is not easy these days, the fact that Cameroon and Egypt didn't qualify tells a lot.

"We should be careful and attach a lot of seriousness to the matches and with the talents in camp, I am sure they will make an impact."

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