Ghana’s under-dog status good – Ex GFA boss

The under-dog status of the Black Stars ahead of the Equatorial Guinea African Cup of Nations could power them to the pinnacle during the forthcoming continental fiesta.

Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Alhaji MND Jawula, who made this assertion to the Times Sports yesterday, said the Stars even play better “when their rating is stumpy and low-rated”.

He pointed to the Libya ’82 Nations Cup tournament which Ghana won for the fourth time, recalling that the team had all sorts of challenges ahead of the competition.

“As you may have been aware, Ghana were eliminated at the early stage during the 1980 tournament hosted by Nigeria and two years later there was a coup d’état in Ghana that even muddled the situation.

“But once the military leadership decided to allow the Stars to go, they took the bull by the horn, went, saw and conquered. That is the typical Ghanaian spirit,” he recalled.

Lepowura Jawula also summoned up events ahead of the Angola 2010 Nations Cup tournament in which Ghana finished as runner-up to Egypt.

“Again, nobody gave the Stars a dog’s chance and many could audibly hear the cavilers saying Ghana were going to be eliminated in round one. But we all saw what happened after the Stars beat Nigeria and even the hosts on their way to the grand finale,” he reiterated.

The former FA capo said the trepidations and alarms that many Ghanaians haboured ahead of the Germany 2006 World Cup were all diffused by the Stars “who again a lot of people thought were going to be slaughtered in the tournament but sailed to the second round”.

According to Lepowura Jawula, who is also the FA Cup Committee chairman, the Stars have what it takes to qualify from its cagey group, though he concedes “it would be fiercely contested”.

 Ghana find themselves in Group C – touted as the group of death as they have been paired with Algeria, South Africa and Senegal.

The last time the Stars conquered Africa was 33 years ago.

By John Vigah

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