Ghana to end AF­CON drought

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

ABUJA. - The Black Stars of Ghana will again be one of the favourites for the African Cup of Na­tions as they aim to clinch a fifth ti­tle af­ter their last tri­umph 35 years ago.

Ghana are one of the most suc­cess­ful teams in the con­ti­nent’s foot­ball show­piece hav­ing won it in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982.

How­ever, they have since fallen short, be­ing beaten in the cham­pi­onship games for the 2010 and 2015 edi­tions and reach­ing the semi-fi­nals in 2012 and 2013.

In 1982, oil-rich Libya paid for cash­strapped Ghana to at­tend the tour­na­ment with the Black Stars in­spired by young­ster Abedi Pele Ayew even­tu­ally edg­ing past their hosts in the fi­nal.

It was there­fore un­der­stand­able when Ayew’s son Andre will weep un­con­trol­lably af­ter Ghana fell on penal­ties in the cham­pi­onship game in Equa­to­rial Guinea 33 years later.

The signs are again good they will en­joy an­other fine run in Gabon af­ter they qual­i­fied un­beaten in a group that in­cluded Mozam­bique, Rwanda and Mau­ri­tius. - AFP

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