Sunday Extravaganza: The Greatest Show on Africa

2015-02-06 22:25

Who can forget!?

It was still in the group stage....the lethal multi-million dollar Ivory Coast striker Gervinho shimmied to the right, shimmied to the left; and then masterfully chested the ball high and caught it with his head and then bumped it up to let it seemingly drop towards his extended right foot just as he dropped his right shoulder, and shuffled through jostling defenders, and to everybody’s amazement he lifted the ball with his right foot and turned 360 degrees in a flash and met the ball mid-air with his sweet left! The stadium ruptured, rumbled and roared! A goal! The dribble was as dazzling as the finish was stunning!

Sport is no longer just about a bunch of players and some referees chasing a ball around the field, increasingly sport at the club and international level is now about national pride; with the emotions of huge populations and the prospects of business written into every kick of the ball, and every goal that is scored.

The 2015 African Nations Cup signalled the fully coming of age and blossoming of Africa. The African Nations Cup is one of those home grown African institutions and was immensely successful hosted by one of the smallest countries in Africa, Equatorial Guinea with less than a million population.

And now the stage is set for Sunday to these great giants of African football. In terms of pure football talent, both Ghana and Ivory Coast dominate world football stage.

But the greatest revelation has been Kwesi Appiah who plays Crystal Palace in England. Kwesi Appiah has to make a tough decision between Ghana and England. He was eligible for both countries: he has an English Scottish mother and a Ghanaian father. Kwesi has an incredible eye for goal, and is dangerous in counter attacks with blizzard speed.

Certainly the world will be watching the tough minded Ivorian Wilfred Bony who has completed his 25 million pounds move from Swansea to Premier League champions Manchester City.

As usual Yaya Toure is the archetypal rampaging midfielder, an anchor that shields the defence and allows creative players like Gervinho to lunch forward with blistering pace. Max Gradel's role seems confined to taking the ball from one player and give it to another. And he has been instrumental doing such a simple task.

This final will be one of the greatest mesmerising shows on the continent. Who will emerge the Champion of Africa?

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