When Central African Republic Coach Predicted Ghana’s AFCON Fate Following Draw Against Mozambique

When Central African Republic Coach Predicted Ghana’s AFCON Fate Following Draw Against Mozambique

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ghana’s hopes of ending their 42-year trophy drought bite the dust in Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast
  • The Black Stars were dealt a late blow against the Mambas of Mozambique despite taking a two-nil lead
  • A resurfacing of a prediction by the Central African Republic's coach adds weight to the disgraceful showing

The dismal collapse of the Ghanaian national team against the Mambas of Mozambique continues to echo through the scenes of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.

Having already suffered a disastrous defeat in their opening match against Cape Verde, Chris Hughton's team faced another setback with their lacklustre performance against Egypt's Pharaohs.

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Andre Ayew looks on following Ghana's AFCON draw against Mozambique. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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However, heading into the final group stage match against Mozambique and with their fate well in their hands, the Black Stars needed a victory and despite initially taking an early lead with two goals from Jordan Ayew, the West African nation unexpectedly crumbled.

Nonetheless, amid the overwhelming emotions and reactions to Ghana's disappointing performance, a comment from Central African Republic coach Raoul Savoy predicting the Black Stars' fate at the AFCON has resurfaced.

Raoul Savoy predicts Black Stars’ AFCON fate

The 50-year-old Swiss coach, who once humorously referred to himself as the 'prophet unknown in his own country' in an interview with media outlet Swiss Info, foresaw the AFCON destiny of the Black Stars after his team's narrow 2-1 loss to Chris Hughton's squad at the Baba Yara Stadium in September 2023.

As documented by journalist Gary Al-Smith, Savoy, still in the heat of the moment during the post-match press conference, remarked,

"Your next AFCON will be like the last one."

Initially met with scepticism, the Swiss manager's words now appear eerily accurate when viewed in retrospect.

Providing additional context and emphasising Ghana's football decline, the Black Stars have not secured a victory at the AFCON since their group-stage win against Guinea Bissau in 2019.

Nonetheless, the manager's words have sparked widespread interest in the question of whether football curses truly exist.

Ghana journalist slams disgraceful Black Stars

Sports Brief in a separate report highlighted a Ghanaian journalist has hit out at the Black Stars following the underwhelming draw against the Mambas of Mozambique.

Chris Hughton’s side needed to secure a win to confirm their place in the knockout stages of the AFCON.

Unfortunately, two late goals from forward Geny Catamo and Atletico Madrid centre-back Reinildo Mandava proved sufficient to dash the Black Stars' hopes of qualification.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).