CHAN 2018: Black Stars coach wants Ghana to bid for hosting rights

Head coach of the Black Stars James Kwesi Appiah has revealed that Ghana should bid to host the 2018 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) tournament but is worried about the effects player exodus could have on the team.

Ghana has been lauded for the exceptional organization of the just ended WAFU Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars B climaxed the successful hosting of the competition with a 4-1 victory over rivals Nigeria to retain the trophy they won in 2013.
Ghana however failed to qualify for the CHAN tournament after losing 4-3 on aggregate to Burkina Faso last month. And with Kenya stripped off the hosting rights of the competition, hosting the tournament will guarantee the Black Stars participation in the 16-team tournament.

And Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah believes hosting the 2018 CHAN tournament will be a good platform for the Black Stars B team to advance their development but also expressed concern about some members of the team leaving to seek pastures anew.

“If we can have all of these players together by time, it’d be a good thing to bid to host the CHAN.
“But the other side of it is that, after a good tournament like this, you’ll likely see 2 or 3 players leaving the country for foreign clubs. But if we can keep them together, it’d be good to host the competition,” Appiah told Ultimate FM.

CAF has opened a fresh bidding process for CHAN after stripping Kenya of the hosting rights on Saturday. The tournament is slated take place from January 12, 2018 to February 4, 2018.

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