The just ended Nations Cup in Gabon was full of excitement and thrills. Even though attendance was low, it still brought the best out of Africa’s finest teams.
After the withdrawal of high-profile names from their provisional squad. Their Football Federation decided to sign players who will play for their country and not for the love of money. Look at their results in Gabon, defying all odds and winning the final against the experienced Egyptians.
A youthful Cameroonian side won the 31st edition of the African Cup of Nations; this is their 5th time of winning. Pulling ahead of Ghana by one trophy, Hugo Bruce, the Cameroon coach has done a sterling job of nurturing a team of young local boys to annex the title. No one gave them the chance, but they defied the odds and went all the way to the final to win the trophy.
Even though my prediction of Ghana finally breaking their 35-year wait of winning the trophy, the Black Stars managed to sail through the group of death. Only to be beaten by the Indomitable Lions in the semi-finals who were hungrier to win the title this year.
Ghana needs a complete overhaul, from the Ghana Football Federation to the playing body of the Black Stars. Avram Grant has led the way, by stepping down. Now, major changes have to follow in the GFA and within the Black Stars.
A new coach is needed, who will give local players the chance to fight for their place in the team. A long-term plan has to be implemented which will serve as a path to take the Black Stars back to their glory days.
Most importantly, Ghana needs players who will serve her diligently and wouldn’t be focused on representing the nation for the Love of Money.
The just ended Nations Cup in Gabon was one of the most exciting tournaments in the past decade. Teams like Burkina Faso and Cameroon showed enthusiasm throughout the tournament. And they thought us a lesson that a team without stars can still make it in a tournament.
Well done Cameroon a team made of champions. They just won their first title since 2002. It was a tremendous fairytale win for the indomitable lions. Now they can build on this feat and get ready for the next Nations Cup when they host the rest of the continent in 2019.
WRITER– Kwesi Oto-threesixtyGh writer/contributor.