Ghana’s National Players Accused of Witchcraft in CAN 2012

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used witchcraft aimed at their own team-mates at the CAN 2012.

The Serbian made his claim in a report on the Black Stars’ failure at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We all need to help in changing some players’ mentality about using black power to destroy themselves and also make sure we install discipline and respect for each other,” the coach said.

“After losing to Zambia (in the semi-final), there arose so many accusations amongst the players,” Stevanovic said in a report delivered to the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) executive committee, but leaked to the media.

“Some players played to achieve personal fame,  prominence and excellence”

Kwesi Nyantakyi GFA President

“I have learnt great lessons from African football and also about Ghanaian players’ behaviour on and off the field,” the report said.

The Official Ball of the CAN

The Comoequa takes its name from the river Como, whose waters cross the two host countries: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Its technology is the same that has been used to manufacture the Tango 12, the ball designed for the 2012 Eurocup and its predominant color is yellow, with details in the colors of the flags of the host countries.

Africa Nation’s Cup Draw

African Nations Cup trophy

The African Nations Cup begins in January and Ghana has been handed a fairly difficult draw for the 2012 Africa Cup of NationsWest African rivals Mali and Guinea will be in Group D alongside Botswana. With champions Egypt and some of Africa’s other major powers not qualifying, the tournament also sees former World Cup qualifiers Angola paired with Ivory CoastSudan and Burkina Faso in Group B. Morocco and Tunisia will clash in Group C, with debutants Niger and Gabon; while hosts Equatorial Guinea will play the newly liberated Libya, along with Senegal and Zambia.

Bafana fall two places in FIFA rankings

Bafana Bafana have dropped two places from their previous 47th position in the latest FIFA world rankings released this week. Pitso Mosimane’s team, however, maintained their seventh position on the continent, making them one of the seeded teams for the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw to be held in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. As a seeded side for the tournament Bafana will avoid the top ten-ranked powerhouses on the continent: Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria, and Tunisia. “The South American teams have accumulated points over the past month thanks to the Copa America tournament which helped them make strides, while we were inactive. This shows that is important to keep on playing to stand a better chance of improving on our rankings. Now it becomes crucial that we qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations tournament and go as far as we can to help us also climb higher,” said Pitso Mosimane. The 2012 Africa cup of Nations will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon who have both already qualified to the finals along with Botswana. The cup will allow a great opportunity for African teams to advance in the FIFA world rankings depending on their success. Bafana’s next opponents, Burkina Faso, have also dropped two places to 39th in the world but remain fourth on the continent. Spain remains top of the world rankings, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and Uruguay. The next rankings will be released on August 24.

Bafana Bafana will take on Burkina Faso on August 10 at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to Host 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon will be hosting the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations which will be the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. The two countries defeated bids from two previous winners, Angola and Libya as well as a Nigerian bid.  As Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are the hosts, they will automatically be qualified to the tournament. They join Botswana and Côte d’Ivoire who have also already qualified as winners of their respective groups.  The opening match, one semi-final and the third place match will be held in Equatorial Guinea while the other semi-final and the final will be held in Gabon. The two stadiums that will be used in Equatorial Guinea are Estadio de Bata and the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.  The draw for the finals will take place on the 29th October, 2011.