After sharing the spoils with the squirrels of Benin in a 2-2 drawn game, all eyes were set on the remaining two games for the nations soccer team, known as the Black Stars Of Ghana.
The Group F encounter set a match with the indomitable Lions Of Cameroon in what was the nation’s second match at the African cup of Nations 2019 far away in the Northeast African Country Egypt who were the host for this year’s African cup of Nations.
Expectations were high for the team and calls were made for some changes to be effected to the first team after a drawn game with Benin in the Ismailia stadium in Egypt. A 2-2 drawn game meant Ghana had only one point compared to Cameroon’s superior three who beat Guinea Bissau in their opening match in Group F.
The indomitable Lions of Cameroon also had other plans as a second straight win for them, will see them qualify out of the group stages with ease. Ghana had to avoid a loss but if they recorded anything besides a win that will mean they had to beat the African wild dog of Guinea Bissau at all cost to secure a place in the next round.
As it turned out, the Black Stars of Ghana shared the spoils again with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in what was a goalless draw but went through as group winners after producing a stellar performance against Guinea Bissau beating them 2-0 and it proved the West African giants had too much in stall for Guinea to handle.
All was now set for the round of 16; it looked like Ghana was setting up a match with the Super Eagles of Nigeria but it wasn’t so after Nigeria slipped in winning their group going second behind Madagascar. This surprised many football pundits after Nigeria lost 2-0 in their last group match with Madagascar.
However this was not meant to be as Ghana booked a place in the next round with the North Africa side; the Aigles de Carthage of Tunisia who finished second in group E behind Mali. Ghana however displaced Cameroon to top Group F due to a superior goal difference.
AFCON 2019 has produced a lot of thrills and exciting moments; as well as some few surprises; with Benin already kicking out Morocco, the defending Champions Cameroon were also eliminated by the Super Eagles of Nigeria in what was a hard fought came but ended 3-2 in favor of Nigeria. This was followed with another shocker as the Host Egypt were eliminated by South Africa who placed third in their group and qualified as one of the best third place teams.
Now all is set for today’s encounter as Ghana meet Tunisia in the round of 16. After 37 years of no major trophy in the country, and appearing six consecutive times in the semifinals over the last couple of years, the natives back in the country will expect nothing but gold.
Though this nations cup has been full of surprises with Madagascar being one of the major revelations of the tournament, the nations Black Stars of Ghana still remain one of the favorite teams to win the cup.
Beating Tunisia will be a good step in that direction and a semi- final berth wouldn’t even be enough to satisfy the hungry heart of Ghanaians who over the past years have been let down by the nations football team.
The Black Stars of Ghana have work to do; and all Ghanaians would be expecting that the nations soccer team rise to the expectation and meet their desire. Nothing but gold is what the nation is looking up to and the Black Stars are very capable.
Will Alain Giresse’s men cause an upset or will Kwesi Appiah’s men match on and bring the cup the nation has eagerly awaited for, for years. We wait to see.
Are you optimistic? Yes I am, do well to say a prayer for the stars of Ghana, as they embark on this quest to break the 37 year old cup drought in the country.
The whole Ghana is waiting and the whole world is watching; Ghana do us proud!
🇬🇭Long Live Ghana; Long Live the Black Stars.
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