I was extra excited for this year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON). I felt South Africa would host a good tournament but mostly because Ghana's Black Stars were returning to the scenes of the Mzansi Mundial where they captured the imagination of football fans everywhere. Sadly, the Black Stars came away without the trophy which was very disappointing. The Orange African Cup of Nations did give us a lot of stories though which I would like to recap through my various lenses. I'd leave the Ghanaian point of view to another blog post.
I've been introducing my various alter-egos to the world. East African nations don't do as well at football so Uganda's Richard Nshuti Mayanja, Kenya's David Ochieng Mwangi and Tanzania's Hamis Ambwene Massawe had to find other countries to support. The Cranes have been getting Ugandans excited about their football but ultimately fell short. Victor Wanyama is tipped to join Manchester United and McDonald Mariga is a baller, but the Harambee Stars haven't put together a stretch of games to qualify for the AFCON. The Taifa Stars probably excite Tanzania less than their coaches. This is really sad to see because many African soccer minnows have been qualifying for the AFCON but these East African countries have not been able to be counted amongst them.
Ayooluwaato Eze was pleased to see his Super Eagles qualify for another AFCON after missing the previous edition. We had another local coach in Stephen Keshi who seemed to be building for the future by ...[view whole blog post ]