Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah wants to concentrate on the matches at hand at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations instead of thinking about reaching the final when they are not even past the group stage of the competition.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah wants to concentrate on the matches at hand at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations instead of thinking about reaching the final when they are not even past the group stage of the competition.

Ghanaian journalists have been piling pressure on the local coach about winning the trophy since the team arrived in South Africa last week for the competition.

This comes even though group stage matches are not over while countries like Ivory Coast, Nigeria and hosts South Africa as well as Algeria and title holders Zambia  have all been tipped to win the crown.

The Black Stars have not won Africa?s showpiece event since 1982 and journalists are demanding that the youngest squad in the tournament should lift the title.

Clearly more relaxed now after shrugging off the second-half slump and loss of concentration against Congo, Ghana?s squad likely knows the pressure will return soon enough as the World Cup quarter-finalist gets closer to the decisive moments of this African Cup.

After all, Ghana has a richer pedigree in the Cup of Nations and a poorer recent return from the championship than even star-studded Ivory Coast.

The Black Stars have won four times, compared to the Ivorians? one title, but haven?t triumphed in 30 years. Ivory Coast hasn?t won in 20.

?I have total confidence in my players,? Appiah said when asked by a Ghanaian journalists whether the Black Stars can win the trophy after just two matches.

?So far they are doing very well. I always believe in taking match after match. We?ll all keep praying.?

Ghana are top of Group B with four points having drawn with DR Congo and beating Mali 1-0.

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