You don’t need tactics to win the AFCON – Yusif Basigi

With just about 48-hours to the kick-off of the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations to be hosted in Equatorial Guinea, the head coach of Sekondi Hasaacas, Yusif Basigi has hinted that no coach will need a clear cut strategy or tactics to win the competition.

According to Basigi, who is referred to as the ‘Arsene Wenger’ of Ghana football, the African game cannot be compared to that of Europe and that a coach only needs a disciplined team to win the Afcon.

Before the 2014 World Cup, a consortium of European coaches predicted a counter-attacking team to win the ultimate and Germany emerged winners with a combination of total team play and counter attacks, but Coach Basigi thinks that the African game is unpredictable and that one does not need tactics to win the Afcon.

Speaking to, he said, “It is very good for every coach and team to be tactically disciplined but it cannot be the case in Africa. If European coaches were able to predict the outcome of the World cup tactically, the same thing cannot be done in Africa.

The African game cannot be predicted so no matter how tactical your team is, winning the Afcon based on tactics will not be that easy”.

He added that “I believe that any team that is very hard working can easily lift the trophy without having to adapt to a particular tactical play. Even though it is possible, it is not easy in Africa.”

Ghana will be at the war front to do battle against Senegal, Algeria and South Africa in Group C in the upcoming 30th Edition of Africa’s most prestigious competition.