Year of Return: Black Stars to repeat 1982 heroics – Hon Andy Appiah Kubi

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The Black stars of Ghana has been tipped to repeat the heroics of 1982 which resulted in the country annexing its 4th African Cup of Nations title some 37years ago.

The Black Stars are through to the next stage of the AFCON competition after topping group F to stage a crunchy encounter with one-time champions, Tunisia on Monday.

In a post sighted on Facebook, the Deputy Minister for Railways Development, Hon Andy Appiah Kubi who is an avid sports enthusiast, gave a series of events leading to the then Black stars clinching the ultimate and juxtaposing the circumstances leading to the clinch of the trophy to happenings in this very present Black Stars squad.

Giving a vivid account of what transpired leading to Ghana’s 4th AFCON glory in 1982, the renowned legal luminary ascribed that, “There was political instability in Ghana before the 1982 tournament and there is currently political instability in the governance of football in Ghana through which the Normalization Committee (NC) has been set up to steer the affairs of football in the country”.

“The tournament in 1982 was played in an Arab country – Libya, and the current tournament is being played in an Arab country, Egypt”.

“Ghana drew 2-2 with Libya in their first game in 1982 and drew 2-2 with Benin in this year’s tournament”.

“Ghana drew 0-0 with Cameroon in their second game in 1982 and have drawn 0-0 with Cameroon in their second game in 2019”.

“Ghana won the Libya 1982 AFCON with a local manager – CK Gyamfi, and now the team is managed by a local manager – Kwasi Appiah”.

“Kwasi Appiah was a member of the team that won the 1982 AFCON in Libya and he’s now the head coach of the team”.

“In the Libya 1982 squad, Abedi Pele was a member of the team and now his two sons -Andre and Jordan Ayew are members of the team and are playing an integral part in all the matches we have played so far”.

All these similarities and the commitment of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the course of the team in this year’s tournament will spur the Black Stars on to make history after 37years of wait, the astute MP wrote

Story by: Oppeng Samuel

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