Special Countdown to Angola 2010

It’s been almost two years when Mother Ghana had the third opportunity of hosting the 26th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. Oh! How time flies; it is now the turn of Angola to showcase their hosting prowess come January 2010 (about four months away). Ghana Sports, your latest and authenticated Sports Paper deems it fit to take readers through memory lane as we count down to the event. This and every Monday get a copy of the authentic Ghana Sports as they take you through the history of the competition in general and Ghana Black Stars in particular. We kicking off today with a retrospective look at the 1963 nations cup vis-à-vis the Black stars. As the first Ghanaian player to play in the Bundesliga, C.K. Gyamfi’s Fortuna Düsseldorf career was short lived as he was called back home in 1961 to help in shaping the Black Stars. C.K. became the assistant national coach, helping Hungarian Joseph Ember. In 1962 Ember left and the mantle fell on him to prepare the Black Stars for the African Cup of Nations, which the country hosted and won the following year. Messrs B.B. Bismark and Nkansah Gyan assisted C.K. as team manager and team doctor respectively. Below is the Squad that Won Ghana the Can Trophy in 1963 1. Doudu Ankra-Republicans 2. Crentsil – Republicans 3. E Oblitey – Republicans 4. Addo Odamtey – Republicans 5. Ben Acheampong – Republicans 6. Kwame Adarkwa – Kotoko 7. Osei Kofi – Kotoko 8. Offei Duodo – Hearts 9. Wilberforce Mfum – Kotoko 10. Edward Acquah – Republicans 11. Aggrey Fynn – Republicans (Capt.) RESERVES 12. Mohammed Salisu – Kotoko 13. Kofi Pare – Republicans 14. Atta Kwame – BA 15. E.E. De Graft – Corners 16. Agyeman Gyau – Republicans 17. Joe Aikens – Corners 18. Leonard Acquah – SS74 The 1963 African Cup of Nations was the forth edition of the African Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Ghana. For the third consecutive time the hosts won the African Cup. The format changed: two groups of 3 teams each, the winners played the final, the runners-up could only play Third Place final. The final in Accra on 1 December saw the hosts winning 3-0 on Sudan, after the first half finished 0-0. Below are the group fixtures, tables and results: Group A (Accra) Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Ghana 3 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 Ethiopia 2 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 Tunisia 1 2 0 1 1 3 5 -2 22 November 1963 Ghana Wilberforce Mfum 9 1 - 1 Tunisia D'Jedidi 36 Accra 26 November 1963 Ghana Edward Acquah (2) 2 - 0 Ethiopia Accra 28 November 1963 Ethiopia Mengistu Worku (2) Girma Tesfaye 4 - 2 Tunisia Abdelmajid Chetali D'Jedidi Accra Group B (Kumasi) Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD Sudan 3 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 United Arab Republic 3 2 1 1 0 8 5 +3 Nigeria 0 2 0 0 2 3 10 -7 24 November 1963 United Arab Republic Hassan El-Shazly 42, 44, 81, 87 Riza 30, 32 6 - 3 Nigeria Okepe 78 Bassey 82 Onya 89 Kumasi 26 November 1963 United Arab Republic Hassan El-Shazly 5 Riza 7 2 - 2 Sudan Djaska 60, 75 Kumasi 28 November 1963 Sudan Unknown Scorers 4 - 0 Nigeria Kumasi Third Place Match (Accra) 30 November 1963 United Arab Republic Riza Taha Hassan El-Shazly 3 - 0 Ethiopia Accra Final (Accra) 1 December 1963 Ghana 3-0 Sudan (Accra) Edward Aggrey-Fynn (capt) (pen) 62 Wilberforce Mfum 72, 82 3 - 0 Sudan -Accra African Cup of Nations 1963 Champions: Ghana