CAN 2008 in my country

The preparation for this all-important tournament was subjected to intense criticisms by all and sundry. From all indications it was easy to fall to the pessimistic camp. Even days before the tournament it was surprising to discover the finishing touches to some of the newly constructed stadia was far from over! The fever of the tournament was not felt in the host nation itself. Only God knew how the participating countries saw it as the media cited the absence of publicity of CAN 2008 as a serious anomaly.

The outcome was, however, contrary to expectations. By Sunday 15:00 GMT, the entire Ghanaian population could be traced to two main location: the refurbished Ohene Gyan Stadium or glued to venues with TV sets with accreditation to telecast the international event. After a rather brief but colourful opening ceremony, the president of the nation, HE President John Agyekum Kuffour set the stage for the opening match to commence.

Analyst of the game had described the Guinean side as a force to reckon with, and they were not far from right! The first few minutes of the game depicted a typical opener of a “two cautious sides”. At the end of the first half it was clear all Ghanaians have developed hatred for the word “pole”, for the Ghanaian side had struck it trice letting their counterparts off the hook. The Guinean side gave an expected tough opposition and satisfaction was clearly scribbled on their determined faces.

The second half commenced caution as well. A penalty awarded the Black Stars aided Asamoah Gyan to record the first goal of the tournament. The entire goal post which had denied the Ghanaians penetration was more friendly to the Guineans as they registered the equalizer with a ball hitting the bar and crossing the goal line. Displeasure was registered among the Ghanaian funs every where. After the 85th minute, I believe Ghanaians have settled for a point in their hear, but that was far from the truth. Sule Muntari dared to struck from afar.. and o la la.. the effort was worth worth it!!

Words cannot describe the joy of nation… You needed to be there to witness dances of varying form, drinking spots under pressure, hooting from jubilating funs…

Monday saw the Namibian side trashed 5-1; Ivory Coast 1, Nigerian 0; Mali 1, Benin, 0.

Today’s enviable match comes off at the Baba Yara stadium where Cameroon locks horns with Egypt.


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  1. I couldn’t wait to edit this.. desole!!

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