Call it a curse or hard luck, another opportunity to amend the age-long trophy drought has eluded Ghana for the second time in five years. In Angola, the Stars denied all odds when the sticks were against them but managed to reached the finals before they were denied by Egypt in a hard fought finals.
In a similar round of marathon penalty shot-out saw Cote d?lovire beating Ghana in the 1992 AFCON in Senegal, Ghanaians heart were broken after the stars forfeited two penalties lead for Elephants? to clinch their second Africa Cup of Nations title.
In 1992, the blame was shifted on Tony Baffoe and Issac Asare for failing to convert their kick, for yesterday, it was Afriyie Acquah, Frank Acheampong and goalkeeper Razak Braimah who blew away their spot kicks. Ghanaians were left speechless when the Ivorian keeper slot in his kick. It reminiscent that fateful day Asamoah Gyan?s penalty kick hit the Uruguayan cross bar to deny Ghana a semi-final berth in the history of the world cup in South Africa.
Before the tournament, the Stars had virtually no support from Ghanaian due to the disgrace they brought upon the Nation nevertheless the Stars were hell-bent to end the 33 year jinx of Ghana not winning the Cup of Nations. Pessimism held the team when they were beaten by Senegal in the opening match but they managed to salvage the situation but it could not manifest in the final whistle.
The control the team had to win the game was the open play duel but with penalty, you have little or no control over it. The problems of the team not amassing the ultimate still lives on and you could really saw on the faces of the players at the estadio bata, some were inconsolable. It defines how hurt they were.
The legendary Abedi Pele and his charges came through ranks to halt that 1982 jinx but it was not to be for Ghana, their days saw alot of qualities players but they could not ?pull the chest-knot out of the brezzing fire?. Under the watch of Stephen Appiah, a team many described as one of the finest, they did what previous generations could not afford for Ghana by qualifying the team to successive world cups but that was not to be for AFCON victory.
Asamoah Gyan took over from his compatriot Appiah with the burning hope that the haunting spirit could be put to rest. This crop of youngsters have been to three consecutive Nations Cup with last coming just yesterday but the story is still the same, the desire to win has felt on rocks. Ghana is still with the past.
Notwithstanding however the players have given their all to the nation for the first time so many years. They were poised to end the purported curse with full drive. They fought with tears, anguish, pain but these elements could deter them till the final day where they surrendered.
There is nothing more to discuss on this issue since hearts are broken, the sorry of life has visited Ghana again. We wish the gallant youngsters all the best in their future endeavours.