Former Ghana international and 1978 AFCON winner Mohammed Polo has charged coach C.K Akonnor to end the country’s Nations Cup drought next year.
The Black Stars have not won the continental title since 1982, and will head to Cameroon next year with the aim of ending the 40-year drought.
“He has to assemble players who have the ability to conquer Africa once again to prove that the sleeping giant of African football is wide awake,” Polo told the Graphic Sports.
“In every tournament, coaches build their teams around some core players, so in this tournament, Akonnor should build his players around the Ayew brothers, as well as Thomas Partey and Mohammed Kudus who have proved that they could be relied upon in such tough competitions,” he added.
The outspoken Polo also advised the gaffer to resist any temptation by the top hierarchy of the GFA to influence player selection.
“Under no circumstance should Akonnor allow officialdom to interfere in his team selection because he will be the one football fans will criticise if anything goes wrong,” he said.
“Kwasi Appiah had that opportunity but he could not break the jinx, hence the need for Akonnor to do so at the next tournament in Cameroun when the best in Africa assemble to fight for honours.”