Ghanaians to cheer for Uganda’s Cranes instead of national football team in AFCON

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“Ghanaians will be supporting Uganda in Port Gentil,” radio journalist Mac-Paradise Okocha told Daily Monitor yesterday.

According to the journalist Ghanaians will be hoping that their national football team, Black Stars, gets beaten in the ongoing African Cup of Nations games in Gabon. This is because the Ghanaian public has not forgiven the national team for their Brazil 2014 World Cup greed. The team threatened not to honour the match with Portugal if their $3m bonuses had not been delivered prior to kick-off.

This will not be the first time Ghanaians are leaning towards Cranes against their own national team, according to the report by the Daily Monitor.

Ghana’s soccer governing body moved Uganda’s away match against the Black Stars to Kumasi from the capital Accra due to planned protests against the national team due to a public anger against the football team’s bonuses at the World Cup which was a few months before the game.

Fans were disappointed when Ugandan Cranes after tying with the Black Stars 1-1 lost at penalty. Fansa were excited when Ghana-Uganda match played in Tamale drew at 0-0 last year.

Black Stars players have lost fans in their country due to their demand for big bonuses and their coach Avram Grant is also a highly unpopular figure.

“Each player is taking $8000 for a win and that is a lot of money for a country that has many other issues of society to prioritize,” said Okocha, adding “In Ghana the people are impressed by Cranes because their players are of a smaller profile but they compete favorably against Black Stars players who want so much money in bonuses. It is why the people have a soft heart for Uganda.”

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