President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has given the Black Stars a herculean task to fulfill ahead of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] in Cameroon.

The last time Ghana won the AFCON was in Lybia 1982, beating the host in the finals to lift the coveted trophy.

However, the Black Stars have come close to winning the trophy in recent years having finished runners-up in 2010 [Angola] and 2015 [Equatorial Guinea], a situation most Ghanaians would love to come to an abrupt halt anytime soon.

In the quest to ending this trophy drought, a breakfast meeting was held at the Jubilee House in Accra on Monday, April 26 with the aim of raising $25m sponsorship from corporate organizations to help fund the Black Stars and other national teams.

At the meeting President Akufo-Addo made a passionate call on the Black Stars to go beyond the second place finish to winning the AFCON 2021.

“The target is to bring the cup home by winning the AFCON 2022,” he said.

“We must go a step further than our second-place finishes in 1992, 2010 and 2015 and end the 40-year drought for a title.”

The biennial international men’s football championship of Africa [AFCON] organized by the Confederation of African Football [CAF] scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon will take place from January 9 to February 6, 2022.

The AFCON 2021 tournament was originally scheduled to be played in June and July 2021, but the CAF announced on January 15, 2020 that the tournament could not be held during the said period due to climatic conditions.

In view of that, the tournament was rescheduled to take place from January 9 to February 6, 2021.

On 30 June 2020, however, the Confederation of African Football moved the date of the tournament for the third time to January 9, 2022 following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.