Football-loving Ghanaian fans have urged the national team to register a big win against Uganda Cranes on Saturday to erase their bad memories of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Yusuf Abedi, a shoe shiner in Accra said that after failing to go past the Group stages at the FIFA World Cup, the Black Stars must be at their best to win the game against Uganda. The two teams face-off on Saturday in Kumasi in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.
Another fan, Stella Opong, also said winning by a small margin will not excite her because the Black Stars have to make her forget the poor performance at the World Cup.
Addrisu Ashimu, a taxi driver with Airport Mini Cab Company in Accra, explained that they are tired of mediocre performances by the national team. Ashimu said they want the Black Stars to beat Uganda by a big margin to make the fans forget the poor performance in Brazil.
In a related development, the Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II, King of Kumasi on Thursday blessed the Black Stars ahead of their game with the Uganda Cranes.
The Black Stars as tradition whenever they play in Kumasi visit the Ashante King to solicit his blessing ahead of every game.
The Asantehene in receiving the players advises them to dedicate themselves to sacrifice whenever they come to play for the national team. He told the team that their talent is God given and it’s through football that they are paid wages.
What is most remembered about these two teams is their clash in the 1978 Afcon finals in Accra when Ghana beat the Cranes 2-0 to lift the continental trophy. This was Uganda’s last appearance as it is still struggling to qualify for the continental tournament.
But the two sides will be meeting for the 11th time since their first encounter in October 1962 that Ghana won 4-1. In all, The Cranes have registered two wins, six losses and two draws against the Black Stars.
The Cranes beat Ghana 2-1 in the Castle Cup in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi in 2001 before registering a 1-0 win in Kampala in September 2002 in the 2004 Afcon qualifiers. Ghana have won 6 of the 10 times they have played Uganda, the other two ending in draws.
In the other encounters, the Black Stars emerged 2-0 winners in the September 1964 Independence Tourney and 2-0 winners in a friendly in October of the same year.
The two sides settled for a 1-all draw in Kumasi in June 2003 in the return leg of the 2004 Afcon qualifiers and a similar score in July 2004 in the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
In September 2005, Ghana whipped the Uganda Cranes 2-0 in the return leg of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers before registering another 2-1 win in a friendly in May 2009.