Ghana coach Chris Hughton is adamant the team is not under pressure to excel at next years African Cup of Nations.
Thursday’s group stage draw in Abidjan pit the Black Stars against record winners Egypt, Cape Verde and Mozambique in Group B.
Ghana will hope to exorcise the demons of their recent AFCON when the Black Stars finished bottom of a group containing Morocco, Gabon and Comoros.
In his first comments after the draw, Chris Hughton, admitted the reality of Ghana’s failing at the last tournament but indicated that the team is under no pressure to excel.
”I don’t think there is anything like pressure relating to the past. As a proud football nation that has qualified for this tournament, we want to do the best we can. We know the last campaign was disappointing but that was in the past.”
In his typically modest disposition, the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager is not looking too far ahead.
”I think all we can do is to prepare ourselves the best way that we can. Making sure that we put ourselves in the best possible position to come out of the group.” he concluded.
The Black Stars will play Cape Verde on January 14, before playing Egypt and Mozambique on January 18 and 21, respectively.