Ghana were kicked out of the competition via a 5-4 penalty shoot out against Tunisia at the round 16 stage.
Assistant to coach Kwesi Appiah, Ibrahim Tanko admits there is usually pressure and high expectations before tournaments.
“We all saw what happened after playing our first match against Bénin.
“The game itself wasn’t bad but I don’t think we were better then than the team which won [the tournament]
“As you said, there was the hope that we were going to win the cup but I don’t know if the pressure was so high even before the tournament.
“In my opinion this is something that we have to change.
“Before tournaments we don’t have to push the players, the coaches, we must win we must win.
“I think, you know, our strength we have to go the tournament with a clean mind and concentrate and if we win fine.
“Because when you look at the African cup that we are going, the pressure is from home that we must win the tournament.
“I think it is one of the things that we have to critically look at and just prepare very well and go [to the tournament] and I’m sure that we are going to win it one day.” Ibrahim Tanko told Muftawu Nabila Abdulai.
Ghana is yet to lay hands on the AFCON trophy since winning the last in 1982 in Libya.
The Black Stars have already qualified for the 2021 edition to be hosted in Cameroon next year.
Ghana defeated São Tomé 3-1 to cement their qualification after already qualifying with a 1-1 draw against South Africa in Johannesburg.
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