Black Stars!!! Really???
Ghana is a West African country deeply in love with our football. It’s our basketball or NFL to the Americans; it’s our cricket to the West Indies and rugby to New Zealand. It’s our passion, the one and only time our great nation comes together as one and most recently over the last decade one of the few things which has bestowed upon us the bragging rights over our friendly but fierce West African neighbours Nigeria.
Over the last few tournaments, namely since the AFCON in 2008 till now, Ghana has been the only country to set a benchmark as to the heights African football is capable of reaching. 3 semi-finals and a final in the AFCON last four tournaments has proved our consistency whilst it had to take the forever hated Luiz Suarez to deny us of an inevitable place in the world cup semi-final which would have been a first by any African nation.
Upon all these stats and heights we’ve supposedly reached, why is it that the last time this great foot balling nation won a tournament was in 1982? Should we conceive that we won’t win one anytime soon? Should we (the people) not expect much from the team anymore? Because it seems we always one way or the other get our hearts broken, our dreams shattered and our bragging rights blown off target. Friday was meant to be seen as stepping stone to facing our rivals Nigeria in the final, a big West African derby in football terms. A chance not only to settle the football on the pitch, but to settle the long standing argument over who makes the best jollof rice, has the best culture, has the best skin tone (I think we’ve settled that one) and many more. But yet again, our dismal performance didn’t deserve even a semi-final place even though the Tunisian referee tried his outmost best to see us through with that outrageously biased performance himself which has seen him suspended today by CAF.
Overall, a shocking display and a truly barbaric demonstration in this year’s tournament which is forcing me to retire from watching Ghana play at least for the foreseeable future because I can’t bare the torment and the heartbreak anymore and I have a degree to pursue.
Some say it’s just football, get over it. But I tell you what, when it comes to Ghana, its more than football my friend, it’s our everything! God bless our homeland Ghana!
By Eddie Kojo