Former Black Stars Midfielder, Yusif Chibsah is optimistic Chris Hughton will build a formidable team for the national team ahead of the 2024 AFCON slated for Cote D’Ivoire in January.
The Black Stars return to action next month against Madagascar in the penultimate game of Group E after picking up four points off Angola in back-to-back games.
In an exclusive interview with Citi Sports, Chibsah charged the technical team to build the team around the current young players ahead of the upcoming assignments in June & September.
“We expect win from the two games, that is the expectation of most Ghanaians, but some of us we look beyond the win.”
“We just want to see a formidable team, a team that we can rely on for years, not just winning. It is actually important to win games, that is what Ghanaians expect from the Coach.”
“We want to see Chris Hughton building us a formidable team, which we can rely on for years, two, three years.”
“Majority of the current squad are young players, about 70-80 percent are young, talking about the likes of Mohammed Kudus, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Osman Bukari, and co.
“Let’s build the team around these players and let’s lay a foundation that can see them play together for the next three or four years.”
The Black Stars had an average age of 24 years and 7 months for the 2022 World Cup in QATAR, ranked as the youngest team in the tournament ahead of the United States of America (25 years and 2 months) and Ecuador (25 years and 6 months).
Chris Hughton will be hoping to guide the four-time Afcon Champions to the next edition of the AFCON in January next year.
Ghana sits at the summit of Group E with 8 points and will wrap up the qualification series against the Central African Republic later in September.