Following the trends in the ongoing 2019 African cup of Nations, there are indications that the Black Stars of Ghana will repeat history by lifting the trophy in Egypt.
This is even as the President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick expressed confidence that the Suger Eagles of Nigeria will definitely lift the Cup.
Recall that in the latest performance of the Black stars made a draw with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
The Ghanian players won the 1982 AFCON in Libya, their last in 37 years, and are poised to end the long wait for the gong.
Libya, a Maghribian nation presented the Black Stars with a monumental history when Ghana lifted their 4th and last trophy in the tournament.
It was learned that the Black Stars nearly boycotted the tournament after some political instability in the country but for the authoritative intervention of the then head of state, Flt. Lt. J.J. Rawlings.
Chairman Rawlings was said to have insisted on the team’s participation in the tournament and in a short time; the technical handlers of the team hurriedly put a team together for the tournament.
Though Ghana is said to be going through a rough time politically, there has been a huge earthquake in the football governance of the West African country, following the Anas Exposé a year ago.
The country’s football is under normalization, led by a Normalization Committee set by FIFA for a period of 12 months.
Compared to the 1982 political instability, the normalization period of Ghana football qualifies as one of the major features that shows Ghana can lift the trophy.
Ghana won the last trophy in Libya, an Arab country in a very wonderful style.
The first game of the Black Stars in 1982 ended in a 2-2 draw with the host nation with the second game-ending 0-0 with Cameroon.
On Saturday, Ghana made a draw with Cameroon in the second game of the 2019 AFCON- a similar occurrence as the second game of the 1982 AFCON when they had drawn 2-2 with Benin in their first game which is also a repeat of their scoreline in the first game of the 1982 AFCON with hosts Libya.
Ghana, however, emerged winner of the 1982 AFCON with a local manager with Kwasi Appiah as a player in the team and Kwasi Appiah is now the head coach of the team. So the local manager and Kwasi Appiah factor also come into play.
Also, it is expedient to note that Abedi Ayew Pele, father of Andre and Jordan Ayew was also a member of the team that won the 1982 AFCON and his two sons are now part of the team that is looking to end Ghana’s long wait for the trophy
Ghana then won the final group game by a lone goal over Tunisia to qualify to the next stage of the competition and went ahead to lift the trophy.
Should Ghana record a 1-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday, then a repeat of the 1982 AFCON is likely to happen.
Source: Naija News