EXCLUSIVE | Raphael Dwamena: Ghana will win AFCON
SC Austria Lustenau and Ghana forward Raphael Dwamena reflects on his time at the Black Stars national team camp ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
21-year-old Raphael Dwamena was excluded from the final 23-man Ghana squad after having been included in the initial preliminary squad by Avram Grant.
It came as a shock to many after the star who has been in scoring form with his Austrian club this season, that saw him net a massive 21 goals in 22 appearances so far this season.
Speaking to KingFut, Dwamena held no grudges over his exclusion but was rather happy with his first taste of senior national team camp.
“Such a great experience!” Dwamena expressed. “Been great with the guys and they helped me a lot with ideas to improve my career. Our coach is such a great man with lots of ideas and how to face a game.”
Despite being excluded from the traveling squad, Dwamena is adamant that this would not be a set-back for him but rather a push as he aims to make the squad for Cameroon 2019.
“I was expecting to make it, but unfortunately I could not. I believe it is part of god’s plan for my life. I am still young with a lot of things ahead of me. I need to keep working harder.”
Ghana are pitted in one of the toughest groups in Gabon alongside arch-rivals Egypt, Uganda Cranes and Les Aigles, Mali. On the Black Stars’ chances, Dwamena shared his thoughts on how far his nation can go in Gabon.
“I think our group is the toughest. Great countries with good players. All our opponents are tough! But Ghana has a great team and I believe we can go for the cup. We are going to win the Cup!” Dwamena enthused.
All pressure was on the Ghanaians when they faced Egypt in the second round of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Following their goalless draw against the Cranes in Tamale, Grant’s men fell short at Borg El-Arab, losing 2-0 and allowing the Pharaohs having a comfortable five-point cushion with four matches remaining.
The former Red Bull Ghana player praised Egypt for the result but was adamant that a new page will be opened in Gabon.
“Egypt deserved the win that day because I think they played better than Ghana. But that does not mean they can beat us again. We are coming back stronger,” Dwamena concluded.
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