Fans now rooting for Black Stars

gynmhFor the first time in many months, Ghanaian fans are now rooting for the Black Stars ahead of the team’s gut-wrenching tie against South Africa today.

The Stars square off with Bafana Bafana in a Group C cracker and needs victory to be certain of a quarter final qualification.

Unlike the opening game loss against Senegal in which a decent number of Ghanaians amazingly switched support to the Terenga Lions – and even went ahead and celebrated the result, there seems to be a sudden.

A number of fans the Times Sports spoke with were convinced the Stars were fully loaded and prepared to beat South Africa this evening.

“We have not been happy with the Stars since they returned from their ill-fated campaign in Brazil last July, but after watching them beat Algeria in the African Cup of Nations, we think it’s high time we forgave and support them fully,” says 31-year-old resident of Nungua, Kwame Donkor.

Just like Donkor, Nima-based Mohammed Aziz is decidedly optimistic that Ghana will upstage South Africa to cruise through to the next stage and called on his fellow supporters across country to rally behind the Stars to get the deserved result.

“Whether we like it or not, Ghana Black Stars are our own team and we can only forgive and support them to the end.

“Let’s not forget we have not won the trophy since Libya ’82 and who knows, this might be the team to break that jinx,” Aziz asserted.

Although there were a couple of dissenting voices, the optimistic, buoyant comments far overshadow the former.

After a lame start to the Equatorial Guinea Nations Cup where they slumped 1-2 to Senegal, the Stars made amends with an improved performance to beat Africa’s finest team at the moment – Algeria, 1-0 to put them back into contention.

Senegal lead Group C with four points, one more than Algeria and Ghana heading into the final group games today. South Africa have just a point and are desperately looking for victory against the Stars to stand any chance of qualifying to the next round.

Ghanaians’ support for the Black Stars has been low and stumpy after the team’s pallid performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where they crashed out in the opening around with just a solitary point.

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