The Black Stars of Ghana who are currently camping in Dubai, are hoping to end that 37-year drought for the trophy when the Africa Cup of Nations showpiece commences on Friday, June 21.
According to Newcastle winger Christian Atsu, there is a possibility of Black Stars’ players retiring from national duty if they do not clinch the 2019 AFCON title.
Ghana has struggled to add to their four titles since 1982, and have come relatively close in 1992, 2010 and 2015 and lost in those finals.
According to the 27-year-old, this tournament might be the last chance for a number of his teammates to win the title.
“This is what the whole country wants. We have not won this trophy for 37 years despite all the good players this country has produced.
“I think if we get all the support we need, we can win it this year. Because if we don’t win it, many people are going to retire,” Atsu stated in an interview with Football Made in Ghana.
Since 2008, the Black Stars have made the semi-finals of the competition, the most number of consecutive appearance in the last four by any country.
Ghana will begin their campaign against Benin on Tuesday, June 25.