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2013 Afcon: The Black Stars diary
Welcome to Goal.com's Black Stars diary hosted by our man Fiifi Anaman.

Join him for all of the build-up, discussion, expert analysis, reaction, post-match analysis of Ghana games and more at the 2013 Afcon. Get involved by sending him your thoughts and questions via Twitter or Facebook!

15:13 GMT

2/9/13

Television cameras zoomed in on the Burkina Faso technical area, where coach Paul Put and his team of technical handlers as well as substitutes stood. He looked at the pitch – that controversial, sandy Mbombela pitch – and all the moths that hovered above it, as his name appeared at the bottom of millions of TV screens across Africa and beyond. READ MORE

11:30 GMT

2/5/13

Ghana and Cape Verde both emerged from the tunnel and battle ready to kick off Afcon 2013's first quarter-final. Cape Verde, an archipelago of 10 islands with a population of roughly 500, 000 people - over four to five times less than the residents of Ghana's capital, Accra - had managed to make it all the way to the quarter-final in what was their first ever appearance at an Africa Cup of Nations. READ MORE

13:30 GMT

2/2/13

The Black Stars emerged from the tunnel, in their imposing red strip. There had been only one change to the side that faced Mali four days earlier – Christian Atsu coming in for the injured (and suspended) Mubarak Wakaso... READ MORE

16:27 GMT

1/27/13

The anticipation towards Ghana’s second group game, which had begun soon after the draw with the DR Congo was reaching a crescendo. Radio, TV, newspapers, streets, pubs right down to living rooms, people were going hard on analysis and expectations. READ MORE

11:06 GMT

1/24/13

Kwesi Appiah stood in the technical area, spotting a suit, and his trademark snow white long sleeved shirt. In addition to this, he had on a peculiarly large tie, a tie perhaps larger than the wild expectations that preceded the game. Heck, larger than life itself. READ MORE