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Can Ghana finally end the wait?

The Black Stars have been present at all Afcon editions since 2006, reaching the semi-finals five times and the finals twice in 2010 and 2015.

The Ghana Black Stars  has  all the qualities needed  to win every tournament but luck always eludes the team  during the games. Once againa, they can win this very championship but they need a bit of luck.

It is difficult to judge from the outside but safe to say Ghana always has a strong team with big potentials.

Currently, the team might have a different setup but the storyline remains the same: at every Afcon, there is a chance for Ghana to win, we normally are in the last four  stages and this tournament is looking no different.

Ghana is in Group D tagged as the “Group of Death” alongside Egypt, Mali and Uganda, With the tournament having kicked off over the weekend in Gabon, will Ghana be lucky this time after a close finish in 2015?

Unlike past Afcon tournaments, the euphoria associated towards Ghana’s participation in this tournament has evaporated into thin air. The debacle at Brazil, during the last World Cup has  left ardent supporters unconciously  unconcerned.

Taking into account past tournaments and a bit of analysis made,  The Black Stars tend to perform  better when the odds are against them.  Lets take the 2006 World Cup in Germany as a great example.  The team was written off and tipped  to get knocked out at the group stage even before the kick of a ball….and we how they shocked not only us, but the WHOLE world.

In conlusion, the Black Stars perform better than expected when pressure of scrutiny is not on them.

Even though Ghana may be ranked as one of the favourites to win the title this year ( as it is every time), on paper, there are well-organized  and stronger squads who can goal all their to the finals in Gabon.

This decade has seen Zambia, Nigeria and the Elephants of Ivory Coast  claim glory. The former two are absent in the ongoing tournament which raises the possibilites for every single team participating. Egypt is back after a three-tournament absence,  despite being one of the most feared team , perhaps winning the Cup after the break  comes too soon for them. Looking at the performances so far, there is no clear cut favorite in this. It is most likely that we will see another country crowned Champions of Africa after Ivory Coast’s reign comes to an end next month. Or can the Elephant win again? It definately feels like the reign of the Elephant.

This period of uncertainty and apathy by fans is perhaps the Black Stars’ best chance to win a fifth title and break their own long-running jinx. Ghana has qualified for the the semi-finals  in the last five Nations Cups, and have an experienced team, as well the same manager from last time around. Hejust might get lucky this time around.

Lets take a moment to remember that Ghana last won the Nations cup in 1982!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

WRITER-Kwesi Otoo- threesixtyGh writer and contributor.

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