2025 AFCONQ: Black Stars is not the same six years ago – Niger coach

Niger’s coach, Badou Zaki, expressed confidence ahead of their encounters with Ghana in the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

Drawn into Group F alongside Ghana, Angola, and Sudan, Zaki discussed the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents.

Speaking to CAFOnline following the draw, Zaki noted that while Ghana remains a football powerhouse with a roster of skilled professionals, their current form differs from previous years.

“We are in an affordable group. We have every chance of qualifying. For me, Ghana is a football country with a selection with great professionals. But it is not the team of 5 or 6 years ago,” he said.

Reflecting on Angola, he praised their recent performances, describing their style as modern and fast-paced, capable of challenging top teams.

He also acknowledged Sudan’s impressive lead in their World Cup qualifying group, highlighting their potential threat.

“Even at home, they can lose. Angola showed a good face during the last CAN and beautiful football, modern, fast football. It is a selection that has shaken up the big teams in Côte d’Ivoire. I know Sudan very well.

“They are first in their qualifying group for the World Cup. They will be dangerous, but we know our strengths and we know that we can go far,” he added.

Niger’s campaign kicks off in September 2024 with matches against Sudan and Ghana.

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