2019 AFCON: Sumaila confident of Black Stars progress

Author: Edmund Okai Gyimah
A line up of the Black Stars squad
A line up of the Black Stars squad

Ghana defender, Rashid Sumaila, is hopeful that the Black Stars would go far in the ongoing 2019 AFCON in Egypt despite the draw against Benin.

Sumaila believes the 2-2 draw with the Squirrels is never a setback as the players can build on it to beat Cameroun in the next game on Saturday.

"The game was good; we did well, we didn’t lose, it was a draw. This is a tournament and I think the next game will be better. For sure, we will beat Cameroun on Saturday," Sumaila told Graphic Sports Online.

"The players will make all of us proud. This is just the first game so we must all keep calm, pray and be behind the team. I am very optimistic we will progress and every Ghanaian will be happy."

Ghana need a win against Cameroun in the second Group F game in Ismailia on Saturday to get back on track after the reigning champions defeated Guinea Bissau 1-0 in the other group game.

The Black Stars are chasing their first African Cup trophy in 37 years despite reaching the final twice in the last decade.