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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


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


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


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


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


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