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After 40 years in the wilderness, Ghana set to commence revival mission




It has been 40  years since former continental pace-setters, the Black Stars of Ghana last won the Africa Cup of Nations.

That was way back in 1982 in a final match with Libya, the very first to be decided on penalty kicks. Ghana won their then record-extending fourth time victory having won the original trophy for keeps in 1978 after winning it thrice.

Since, results have not squared with expectations. They began this current competition with a 1-0 loss to Morocco and will be hoping for a great revival in this Friday’ s clash with equally ambitious Gabon.

The Central African side on the other hand will be going for consolidation as they emerged 1-0 victors over debutants, Comoros.

This Friday’s clash therefore offer a tough mission as Gabon will pick a knock-out stage ticket if they win while Ghana’s woes may be compounded.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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