The Ghana national football team, Black Stars, would perform very poorly during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019), which starts today Friday June 21, Prophet Ebenezer Adarkwa Opambour Yiadom the leader of the Ebenezer Miracle Worship Center in Kumasi, has said.
The controversial Christian leader, with a huge following, said he was speaking the voice and mind of God about the Black stars.
He said: “Ghana’s Black Stars would suffer the team’s worst performance and cannot play any successful match all through their participation in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament. This would be the worst of their performance. It would be the worst African cup the Black Stars has ever participated in and their performance would be the worst in history.
“I am a Prophet and I speak what God has asked me to speak. If the Black Stars does not seek the face and voice of God before they start the tournament, they would never succeed. They would never succeed or see victory in this year’s African Cup tournament unless they go to the competition in the name of the Lord”, Opambour stated during a live television broadcast on his Prophet-1 Television station last week.
When asked to give clarification on his statement, Opambour said he would explain in detail when the tournament takes off.
The team has been training at a camp in Dubai until yesterday, Thursday, when they left for Egypt. The team would face Benin on Tuesday as its first match in the tournament.
However, Captain of the Black Stars, Andre Ayew, has a completely different opinion from what Opambour says is the voice of God about the Ghana national team.
“Everyone here (Black Stars camp) believes in hard work being the key to success and is focused on working towards that in order to achieve our goals… We have been in Dubai for a while now and I can tell you that everyone is working tirelessly to ensure we deliver the AFCON title to Ghanaians”, Andre Ayew noted in an interview with journalists.
Andre Ayew plays as a winger for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe.
During the last AFCON, the Black Stars finished fourth after losing 0-1 to Burkina Faso. This season, the Stars will be playing in Group F alongside Benin, Cameroon and Guinea Bissau.
The Black Stars’ head coach, Kwasi Appiah, has already announced his final 23-man squad that will represent the Black Stars during the tournament.
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).
Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) John Boye ( Metz France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey)
Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).
General Captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has said the inclusion of new faces in the Africa Cup of Nations squad will boost the team’s chances.
Asamoah Gyan Spoke to Citi Sports: “We will support them with our experience and we will see what happens…The tournament will not be easy and it is longer than before…We will have to play about seven games and it will not be easy”.
“In addition, it will be hot in Egypt in terms of the weather…But we will make sure we push harder. We are about to end our training camp and we will be ready for Egypt…The fans should keep praying for us and hopefully, we will get there and do what we do best”, the General Captain added.
By Emmanuel Atukwei Clottey