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Coach Annor Walker
Coach Annor Walker

2023 Championship of Africa Nations... Coach Walker targets CHAN final

Black Galaxies coach, Annor Walker, is bent on leading his side to the final of the 2023 Championship of Africa Nations (CHAN) in Algeria early next year.

Ghana are drawn alongside defending champions Morocco, Sudan and Madagascar in Group C and will be hosted in the city of Constantine in the tournament slated for January 13 to February 4.

After his team’s 2-0 win over Legon Cities, Coach Walker admitted that even though his charges played an improved game, his aim was to reach the final of the tournament.

“My target is to get to the final and if it’s the will of God that I should win the tournament, I will be more grateful to the Almighty. But my target for now is to get to at least the final of the competition,” he stated.

Ghana has never won the competition since it was first introduced in 2009 but has played in the final twice. They lost the maiden edition 0-2 to DR Congo and also lost the 2014 final 3-4 on penalties to Libya.

But the Ghana gaffer is counting on God to change the narrative and bring the trophy home although his ambition is to guide the team to the final.

Already, the array of talents at the coach’s disposal appears to be giving him headache over who to pick and which players to drop, but he said he was keeping an eye on them and hoped to make the right decision with his selection.

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“I have a headache but it’s normal. I invited them here and I am watching all of them, so at the end of it all I will come out with the final list which will be done soon and very soon,” the coach noted.

Walker, who is expecting to test his team with some high-profile international games, also explained that because the FA had not arranged for any international games for them, he decided to use the local clubs to test their readiness for the tournament.

“It’s my wish that we have some international friendlies to play but since the GFA has not got any for us yet, that is why we are playing our top clubs in the country to give us better opposition than playing against lower divisions. So we are on course and I think with these two matches, I have seen an improvement,” the coach stated.

He urged Ghanaians to put behind them what happened to the Black Stars at the World Cup and pray for the Galaxies to put smiles back on their faces.

“I give thanks to the Almighty and to all Ghanaians, and ask all Ghanaians to pray for the Black Galaxies. Though our senior team went to the World Cup and things didn’t work well, that doesn’t mean that is what the Lord has for us, so we should give thanks and look at the second team - the Black Galaxies - and I believe with their prayers and support behind the Black Galaxies, we will also put some smiles on their faces,” the coach said.

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