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Ex-Bafana Bafana captain tips Ghana for AFCON title

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Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey believes Ghana is well placed to annex the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations crown in Gabon.

The Black Stars narrowly missed out to Ivory Coast two years ago on penalties, and Tovey said things could turn out well for Ghana this time around. They are in Group D along with Mali, Uganda and Egypt.

Tovey credited the Black Stars for their consistency in reaching the finals for the last couple of editions. Ghana are one of the most successful teams in the continent’s football showpiece, having won it in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982.

They last tasted continental glory 35 years ago and will hope to turn things around in Gabon.

Qualifying results: Mauritius 7-1, 2-0; Rwanda 1-1, 1-0; Mozambique 3-1, 0-0

Scorers: Jordan Ayew 3, Christian Atsu, Asamoah Gyan 2 each, David Accam, Frank Acheampong, Andre Ayew, John Boye, Jeffrey Schlupp, Samuel Tetteh, Mubarak Wakaso 1 each

Overall record: P89 W50 D17 L22 F121 A74
Best placings: champions (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)
Record wins: Sudan 3-0 (1963), DR Congo 5-2, Ivory Coast 4-1 (both 1965), Burkina Faso 3-0 (1978), Niger 3-0 (2013)
Record loss: South Africa 0-3 (1996)
Africa-world rankings: 9-53
Nickname: Black Stars

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