IT might not be described as a vintage performance, nor the best of the Black Stars in recent times, but the national team did not disgrace the country in its opening Group C match at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea yesterday.

The Stars, who played without their inspirational Captain, Asamoah Gyan, took an early lead in the 13th minute through a Dede Ayew penalty kick against the Senegalese national team, but bowed out 1-2, with the final whistle.

Even though it is too early to pass judgement on the Black Stars, their performance was good, but not enough to earn them the necessary points. As things stand now, they have to play above themselves to win their subsequent matches.

Prior to the tournament, the Black Stars appeared to have lost the support of the majority of Ghanaians, due to their poor performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Many Ghanaians have adopted a lukewarm attitude towards the team, and that is the reason for the low interest being shown in the AFCON tournament.

The Times shares the sentiments of the public, but appeals to all to put behind what transpired in Brazil, and offer the Stars the unflinching support needed to enable them to win the African Cup.

Indeed, it is absolutely important for the nation to rally behind the Stars, to end the trophy drought of the nation. Ghana last won the African Cup many decades ago.

The Stars have a great opportunity at this year’s tournament, since all the teams seem to be of equal strength, even though the Stars’ Group C has been labelled the Group of death.

Their 1-2 loss notwithstanding, the Stars stand the chance of beating the other teams in the group. The handlers should go back to the drawing board and see what can be done to ensure success in the matches ahead.

We are cocksure we can qualify for the next round, and hope the Stars would raise their game in the remaining matches and win the cup.

There is still hope for the Stars!!

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