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2014 CHAN - Ghana coach says ready for tournament

African Nations Championship in South Africa - Maxwell Konadu, the coach of Ghana's home-based national football team, says he is pleased with preparations ahead of the start of the African Nations Championship in South Africa at the weekend.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) said on its website on Tuesday that Konadu was confident his side would be up to the challenge as the team makes its third straight appearance at the finals.

'Yes, we are very ready and positive about our chances in the group,' Konadu was quoted as saying. 'We have prepared well and I hope the players maintain their focus and stick to the plan.'

Ghana will kick off in Group C against Congo on Monday in the tournament reserved for only home-based players.

Konadu and his team arrived in South Africa on Sunday after a week-long camp in Namibia.

'We have enjoyed a good build-up to the tournament. It's a major competition and we needed this kind of preparation. We have tested ourselves enough from our participation in the WAFU (West African Football Union) Cup till now. I hope it goes well and we make a positive impact,' he said.

Ghana is paired in the same group with Libya and Ethiopia.

The 16-nation tournament will kick-off on 11 January and finish on 1 February 2014.

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