You know what time it is (in my Sarkodie Obidi voice)!!!

On a day like this, can any Ghanaian’s focus be on anything but the Black Stars? I went to bed with the game on my mind and woke up in a similar state. I might be more fanatical than most but it’s not unusual for non-football fans to be roped in when the stakes become so high. It’s the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations and at this stage, it is becoming less about sport and more about national pride.

So whether it is through hardworking farmers,  emissary entertainers or officials the Black Stars will know that the entire nation is rooting for them. And praying for them.

The prayers haven’t worked for Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, a knee injury ruling him out. It is uncertain who takes his place and whether that player can offer anything close to Badu’s dynamism. No one said this journey would be easy though and at every stage the Stars have had to overcome one obstacle or another. From a red card to injuries, to outright thuggish tactics the Stars are here because of a will to win and an unceasing focus on the task at hand – to end Ghana’s 30 year drought.

The ‘Chipolopolo’ have sentimental reasons as well for wanting to advance to the final. Outside of not having won the cup before, they are keen to honor the memory of players lost in a plane crash.

There is all to play for then. A place in the finals, chance to erase memories of futility, and opportunities to please fellow citizens the World over.

Will the Stars clear another hurdle? Stay Tuned.

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