Black Stars of Ghana

Port Elizabeth, Jan. 16, GNA ? ?Ke Nako Ghana? has emerged the clarion cry from many South African football fans who have pledged allegiance with Ghana’s Black Stars. ‘Ke Nako – a South African Sesotho language which means ‘It is time for Ghana’ or ‘Go Ghana’ remains the popular catch phrase on the lips of many fans in Port Elizabeth, home to Group B which comprises the Black Stars, DR Congo, Mali and Niger.

Lerato Mandla, a newspaper vendor who resides in Summerstrand, a suburb in Port Elizabeth, is a key follower of the Black Stars and tells GNA Sports: ?the time is now or never for the Black Stars to end their trophy drought’ at the continental flagship event. 

The 38-year old self-employed is one of many South Africans, who have tagged the Stars as favourites to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for 19 January to 10 February in the ?Rainbow Nation.?

For most of the fans, the Stars has reached their height over the years and the true icing on the cake will be lifting the African title, which the nation last set sight on in 1982.

?Ghana is my favourite though Bafana Bafana is my first love. They (Ghana) have been playing very well in recent times and I have a strong belief they can lift the title,? said Dube Septemer, a cleaner at the Raddison Hotel.

?I like the Ghana team especially Gyan (Asamoah). He is my favourite player and it is my wish he wins the title as captain to make amends for the penalty loss against Uruguay. I was very hurt when Ghana lost to Zambia last year in the semi-final. This year, my bet is again on them,? he concluded with the local term ?sharp?.

Morapa Xosa, a Sports Journalist, is even rooting for Ghana at the expense of his country of birth. ?I expect Ghana to win it this time. If not, they have to start all over again and only time will tell how close they will come.?

Lucas Bester, a Namibian, studying Engineering at the Nelson Mandela University has also penciled the Ghanaians to go far with Algeria as dark-horses.

?Ghana is my number one favourites to win the 2013 AFCON. They have a very young team and the players are very hungry and determined to succeed. Nobody is talking about Algeria, but they can spring a surprise as well.?

Meanwhile, Cote d?Ivoire and Ghana as well as holders Zambia, have been tagged as genuine contenders for the ultimate at the 29th edition of the the competition.

GNA

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