I have been an avid supporter of the Black Stars. I get antsy when Ghanaians don't support, don't show belief or rally behind them. I almost believe that if our belief in the Black Stars isn't strong, they won't do as well they can. What happened in 1992? Ghanaians fear penalties as much as their Black Stars. If we don't, let's prove it. I see the Black Stars as a tournament team, what happens in the run-up a tourney doesn't matter as much in the big picture. When the guys are camped, build camaraderie and train together for some time, they deliver better on the pitch. Maybe the jama helps? Maybe our "agoro soccer" is well known to us that it's for us to grasp. We play well in tournaments. I had every reason to believe we would do well in our first World Cup at Germany and we saw how we fared at the Mzansi Mundial, flying Africa's flag high as our neighbours fell beside us till Asamoah Gyan..... complete the sentence.
The pressure on the Black Stars was reduced and I felt that would help them do better. We saw this happen at Angola 2010. It was clear we didn't have our best team but the boys gel before tourneys and do well when they are united and familiar with each other. We did enough against DR Congo, though we couldn't mazembe (sounds like thats what it should mean) them and drew 2-2. We didn't play any better against Mali and still won by a lone goal. No, this wasn't a 1-goal project. Asamoah Gyan didn't score till we outclassed Niger and brought more smiles to Ghanaian faces. We were not looking impressive though.
We expected to handle Cape Verde easily but we realised the Blue Sharks had come a long way since we spelt Cape in Praia before the Mzansi Mundial. The Brazil of Africa was dominated by a country that has less people than Kumasi. Another penalty gifted the Black Stars stood between the semi-finals and an early exit to join the fancied Ivorians. We met our bogey team Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals. If Asamoah Gyan was expecting to boogie in that game, he had another thought coming. Our River Volta neighbours matched us boot for boot and showed stamina that Baby Jet wish he had. In the end, we had more penalties to play and it proved to be our undoing. The trophy wait would continue, prolonged by a team Ghanaians widely expected to beat. And yes, we would have beat Nigeria's Super Eagles in the final easily. It's a tough thing to do, but we must congratulate Ayooluwaato Eze and his people on their Nations Cup victory.