Charles Kwablan Akonnor is optimistic the Black Stars will book qualification to AFCON 2021 despite his team’s setback on Tuesday.
The Black Stars would have secured an early qualification with two games to spare on Tuesday had they draw or beaten Sudan at the Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman.
But Ghana’s perfect start to the qualifiers hit a snag as Sudan inflicted a painful 1-0 defeat to the four-time AFCON winners.
Mohamed Abdel Rahman scored the only goal to earn his outfit the maximum points.The striker connected home from a cross in the 92nd to delay Ghana’s qualification.
The 1-0 defeat throws Group C wide open with South Africa, Ghana’s next opponents moving to nine points after back-to-back wins over Sao Tome.
Despite the defeat, Ghana still sit at the top of Group C with a better goal and head-to-head advantage.
And Akonnor is positive come what may in the next round of matches to be played in March next year, the Black Stars will be among the teams to have booked qualification to the continental showpiece in January 2022.
“What I can say is we’ll learn from the mistakes we’ve made and of course in March we have two matches coming on.
“I strongly believe and I can assure Ghanaians that we’ll do our best to qualify,” the coach shared.
Ghana have a trip to South Africa and Sao Tome at home on March 22 and 30th, 2021 respectively to complete their qualification campaign.