By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
South African football fans have declared their support for Comoros Islands ahead of the Comorian Coelacanths’ final group C game in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament against Ghana.
The Bafana Bafana fans began announcing their support for the Coelacanths on Friday January 14, shortly after Ghana played a 1 all tie with Gabon in the second round of matches in the ongoing competition in Cameroon.
Ghana’s draw with the Panthers of Gabon placed the Black Stars of Ghana in a dire need of a win in their last Group C fixture in the tournament when they meet debutants Comoros Islands in their last group fixture early next week the Ghanaian having lost their opening game to Morocco.
The Ghanaian side led by Serbian Head Coach Milo Rajevac, are ranked third in Group C with a point after two games, five points behind group toppers, Morocco and 3 points below 2012 AFCON quarterfinalists, Gabon.
The present dispensation puts Ghana at the brink of exiting the African soccer bonanza at the group stages, raising excitement among fans of the West Africans’ new found soccer rivals, South Africa.
South African fans are backing Comoros Islands in a move to avenge failure of their senior men’s national football team, the Bafana Bafana who recently had clashes with the West Africans.
Ghana and South Africa have been at locker heads in the past two months following an uproar between the two shortly after the team’s meeting in the final day of matches in the African Zonal Qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar staged in November last year.
The Black Stars of Ghana qualified for the knock-out stages of the qualifiers after finishing top of Group G with a point better than the Bafana Bafana after the Ghanaians scored a heavily contested 32nd minute penalty to beat the 1996 AFCON winners 1 nil in the last game of the qualifiers at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.
South Africa through its FA, SAFA, unsuccessfully appealed to the Confederation of Africa Football for the game to be replayed despite crying foul of unscrupulously suspicious behavior from match officials who took charge of the game including Senegalese Central Referee Maqqutte Ndiaye.
The incident has since created sports-oriented dispute between the two nations despite high diplomatic ties between the two countries at the executive level.
Ghana will face Comoros Islands at the Garoua Roumde Adjia Stadium on Tuesday January 18, 2022.
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