By Patrick Akoto
Ghana defender John Pantsil is eager to cap an incredible international career with a trophy for the Black Stars in next year’s African Cup of Nations.
The West African heavyweights have been paired with old foes DR Congo, Mali and Niger in Group B.
The Ghanaians have flattered to deceive in the continental tournament where they have blown hot and cold in the past 30-years.
The Black Stars could only manage a fourth-placed finish in the 2012 edition held in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea after grabbing silver in the 2010 edition in Angola.
The 30-year-old who has impressed heavily since joining Israeli giants Hapoel Tel Aviv admits the road to success will be tough but remains adamant about the chances of the team to end a long-wait for an African crown.
“The group is tricky but we also want to win and so must tackle each game with the seriousness it deserves,” Pantsil said
“We have been there and tried unsuccessfully in the past years but we have to take our destiny into our own hands and win something for our people.
“There are no minnows in football these days, and so it’s imperative we approach the games with an over 100% commitment and desire to win.
The former Fulham man will become the third Ghanaian to make a fifth appearance at the tournament.
He could equal the record held by legend Abedi Pele and goalkeeper Richard Kingson.
The experienced right back made his Black Stars
He has consistently been part of the team in the cup of Nations for the past years and could be in line to represent the West African giants at the international level for a fifth consecutive year.
Pantsil is now the most consistent player in the Black Stars for the past ten years.
He has 86 caps to his name and could surpass Richard Kingson’s 90 appearances for the Black Stars.