It is that time again – when football fever holds the entire nation for weeks. This time, its an African tournament – the MTN Africa Cup of Nations (Ghana 2008) and here in Ghana, the fever is rising by the day. The whole of Africa (especially the 16 participating nations) is gripped and ready with a bated breath, to see who ultimately lifts the trophy on the 10th February 2008. Will it be the host nation Ghana? Nigeria? Cote d’Ivoire or the last host/winner Egypt? What about Cameroon?
I wish I had more time to cover this event the way I wanted, but the son of man has to survive. However, I will attempt to make an entry every day about Ghana 2008, whilst the tournament lasts.
Its a nice thing that I am in Ghana whilst the West African country hosts the 26th edition of the African Cup of Nations; the football championship of Africa. Already, many events have taken place over the past few weeks and days all geared towards this biennial tournament. FIFA President Sepp Blatter is in the country, and so is the UEFA President as well as CAF Chairman and other top officials from CAF. All four stadia are ready and so is the media.
The frenzy is very high here in Accra. Flags of Ghana adorn just about every building, car, structure, caps, shirts, – just about everything.
My core interest in this tournament would the performance of Nigeria’s Super Eagles. If I were to predict the ultimate winner, I’d say it’d be a game between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. As fate would have it, Nigeria’s first match is against Cote d’Ivoire in Sekondi (Western Region of Ghana) this Monday Jan 21st . If I am able to get a ticket on time, I will be there live-and-direct to cheer the Super Eagles of Nigeria to victory. Once again, I’m feeling patriotic. Go 9ja! Go for the cup!!