Africa Cup of Nations
Africa Cup of Nations

By Lorraine Onduru

The Africa Cup of Nations is one of the continent?s most anticipated sports events. It started on 17th January and social media will no doubt be abuzz with players and fans getting on Twitter to get the latest updates and scores from Equatorial Guinea who are the hosts this year.

Africa Cup of Nations
Africa Cup of Nations

Twitter is an information sharing platform that enables people to consume, create and share ideas and information on diverse events instantly, without barriers. Individuals are also able to receive real time feedback and interact with everyone from various regions of the world.

The four-time African champions, the Black Stars, have long been regarded as one of Africa?s footballing powerhouse. With the caliber of high profile players expected to turn out for the Black Stars led by inspirational captain Asamoah Gyan, dependable midfield duo of Christian Atsu and Andre Ayew, Ghana will arguably be deemed as one of the hot favourites to win this year?s tournament. What better place to catch up on the AFCON other than Twitter. With most players and fans using Twitter as a conversational platform ahead of the Africa Cup Of Nations, it will be an interesting avenue to receive the latest on the tournament.

Avram Grant, the Black Stars coach, who has since been very conversational on Twitter, has already polished his 23- man squad that will travel to Equatorial Guinea with twelve of the players who played in the last edition held in South Africa two years ago missing from the squad.

The Black Stars are pitted in Group C with former champions Bafana Bafana of South Africa, the Desert Foxes of Algeria and former finalist, Teranga Lions of Senegal.

With just a few days since the start of the biggest soccer fiesta in the Africa continent, most of the Black Stars players on Twitter have already begun sharing their sentiments and what to expect during the AFCON 2015.

Ghana FA Official, (@ghanafaofficial) is the official Twitter page of the Ghana Football Association. It will be abuzz with information and has already started conversations around the upcoming AFCON tournament. It will be a key account to follow while keeping up with AFCON on Twitter.

Other notable Twitter accounts to follow are that of Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) whose Twitter handle will be regularly trolled by many football enthusiast across the continent. His active engagement will give his fans a chance to interact with the Black Stars captain on the Twitter platform.

Also to look out for, is the dependable defender Jonathan Mensah, (@jomens25) who has been known to put up a good fight for the Black Stars. He has been sharing his Tweets on their training in Spain and will be a good source of information and engagement on the platform.

Kwesi Appiah, (@kwes1appiah) who has been incredibly proud since his inclusion into the team will also be a player to follow on Twitter due to his active engagement with his fans and constant communication of the AFCON championships to his followers.

Avram Grant, (@Avram_Grant) the Black Stars coach will definitely be a man to watch on Twitter as he engages us on his players and his sentiments as a coach.

More general accounts to follow this season that will give in-depth on AFCON and the Black Stars are Ghana FA Official, (@ghanafaofficial) which is the official Twitter page for Ghana?s Football Association, Ghanaweb.com (@theghanaweb), whose Twitter conversations are sports heavy and will be very informative, Football24/7 Africa, (@foetball247)whose scope is strictly on African Football, AllSports.com.gh (@AllSportsGh) and Ghanasoccernet.com (@Ghanasoccernet)

Conversations on this platform will keep fans abreast with the key highlights and also enable them engage directly with the players in real time ahead of the AFCON 2015.

Twitter enables individuals to stay on top of their interests and receive real time feedback and interact with everyone from various regions of the world.

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