“I will prefer winning the AFCON even more than qualifying to the World Cup,” ex-Ghana player Badu says

The group stage draw for the 2021 African Cup of Nations has already been set, and former Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has said he would prefer Ghana won the AFCON title in Cameroon than qualify for the next World Cup tournament in Qatar.

Ghana, four-time winners, haven’t won the continental event since beating Libya on penalties to win the 1982 championship.

“For me, I will prefer winning the Afcon even more than qualifying to the World Cup, that is my opinion,” 30-year-old Badu, who retired from international football last year, told Starr FM.

“I have gone to five Afcons, I won the U20 World Cup, I know what I have gained when I won it.

“So just imagine after 40 years, if these my brothers there can win the Afcon, it will be a huge impact on their career and for the nation, so I will prefer that.”

Ghana are in the same group as Morocco, Gabon and Comoro Islands and will try to go all the way when the continental showpiece starts on January 9, 2022.

However, before the AFCON, Ghana will have to face Ethiopia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the group stage of the World Cup qualifiers which begins in September.

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