By Prince Dulzy
The Black Stars of Ghana must understand that winning the 2017 African Cup of Nations is a means to an end – They will need to do something in order to achieve something. In other words they will need to win every game in order to win the Afcon title and that starts with a win against the Cranes of Uganda.
The last time Ghana tasted the Afcon glory dates back in 1982 – almost thirty-five years ago which is extremely bad for a high profile football country like Ghana.
They have lost three finals in the process, the most recent one was against the Elephants of Ivory Coast who prevailed on penalties in 2015. A similar instance happened in 1992 against the same Ivory Coast, then a lost against Egypt in 2010.
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Ghana are one of the tournament’s most decorated nations, with four AFCON triumphs alongside Cameroon, only Egypt having bettered their tally with seven AFCON titles.
Uganda after a lengthy absence is now back in the continental showpiece, having played their last AFCON in 1978, when they were beaten 2-0 in the final by Ghana.
Read more: Uganda Team Profile
Uganda booked their ticket for the finals in Gabon as one of the two best runners-up. They came second in their qualification behind Burkina Faso but ahead of Botswana and Comoros.
In the last five matches between Uganda and Ghana, both teams have a win each (2-0 for Ghana and 1-0 for Uganda), with the remaining three matches ending in a draw (1-1, 0-0, 1-1).
Even though Uganda holds a good record against Ghana in the last five encounters, they are still no match for the Black Stars who have vast experience when it comes to the African Cup of Nations.
Ghana are the only team to have reached the semi-finals in each of the last five AFCON tournaments, clearly an indication that Uganda is no match to them and a draw is even a failure on their part.
Uganda have lost 12 of their 16 AFCON games (winning three, drawing one), although three of those wins have come in their last five games.
Ghana also boost of experience players such as, Asamoah Gyan the captain of the side, Andre Ayew, Agyemang Badu, Christian Astu, Mubarak Wakaso, etc.
Brimming with confidence, captain of the side Asamoah Gyan is also not taking any game lightly, insisting that Ghana can draw inspiration from title-holders Ivory Coast.
“I always use Ivory Coast as an example,” Gyan told TV3.
“They lost two finals and then won the third one against Ghana on penalties. We can do that too.
But that journey will definitely begin with a win against Uganda in their Group D opener and the captain is aware of that.
“We have quality players and our attitude is what will be decisive. It is very easy to say you can win the trophy, but you must show it on the pitch.
“To win a trophy everyone must get involved. We need to be strong, have depth and hope that we stay injury-free.”
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