Ghana might be reeling from their final setback at the African Nations Cup but for coach Milovan Rajevac the competition produced lots of positives for the Black Stars.
For a team riddled by injury to key players in the run-up to the tournament and which included 12 Nations Cup debutants, Rajevac can certainly look to the future with hope as his new generation of Black Stars displayed youthful enthusiasm and aggression.
The emerging story from the competition is certainly Ghana and Rajevac, who worked wonders to put the World Cup qualifiers into their first continental final in 18 years with most of his top players injured.
"We are not so experienced, we wanted to win it so badly in our hearts but in the end Egyptian experience was crucial," Ghana's coach said.
Despite the 1-0 defeat to Egypt in the finals dashed Ghana's hopes of winning its first title in 28 years, the Serbian believes his youthful team’s fine run at the competition will help his players at the World Cup.
“Experience gained here will be crucial to our preparations at the World Cup,” Rajevac said after the game in Luanda. “We now have enough time to prepare [World Cup].”
Ghana will face Serbia, Germany and Australia in Group D at the World Cup, which runs June 11-July 11.
In the absence certain key players, the younger players have made their case but Rajevac expects to welcome back his experienced stars.
“The young players are the future,” he said. “But they cannot play on their own. Egypt beat us today because they have plenty of experience.”