The journey to Gabon to cheer the National Football team, the Black Stars to win the Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017 had not been easy.

From Accra, Ghana to Brazzaville and then to Port Gentil had not been a joke, but they survived three matches.
Then when Ghana qualified from the Group Stage, they had to travel to Oyem to face Congo DR, where they came through the land, sea, air and exceled.

Now they have landed in Franceville for the Semi Final against Cameroun, and it is going to be another cracker that will see skill versus power.
Ghana Black Stars is an all round team with good runners, ball jugglers, schemers, strikers and defenders who can play it cool or robust.

Cameroun will come with their usual power and hard running, but I expect the talented twinkling stars from Ghana, led by the enigmatic Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew to carry the day.
From Franceville, Ghana would move again to Brazzaville for the real show, that is closing ceremony and presentation of awards and the trophy.

Jordan Ayew said it would be befitting to be crowned champion of Africa after scoring an important goal that lead Ghana to the Quarter Final against Congo DR when he also won the MPV of the match and shed tears of joy.
For the fans, it had been a real adventure in Gabon and indeed a memorable one.
Abraham Nkansah aka Apirigu ChakaPama said they have to travel for two days in Gabon without sleeping, but it was an experience.

“We are sacrificing because we want to Africa Cup. We have suffered a lot, but it is worth it because we are learning a lot” said the President of the Die Hard Supporters Union who could not go in their majorities.
Meanwhile, a group of the Millennium Supporters Union led by Guntu have found their way in Gabon and are also praying and cheering the Black Stars.

So by their tours, the Black Stars played at the Port Gentil – Stade de Port-Gentil (Capacity: 20,000), Oyem – Stade d’Oyem (Capacity 20,000), Franceville – Stade de Franceville (Capacity: 22,000) and Libreville – Stade de I’Amitie (Capacity 40,000). Some of us had been impressed with the coach and some players who played their hearts out, especially those who won the Total MVP and charmed the fans.

Much has been learnt at Gabon 2017, and they are lessons for future tournaments especially the next one, Cameroun 2019.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

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