A Ghanaian numerological Professor Oti Asirifi is claiming the Black Stars are not favoured by events to win the 2013 AFCON.
The University of Cape Coast lecturer has sensationally stated with the exception of Cameroon, Egypt and Nigeria who won the competition in 1988, 1998 and 1994 respectively, all past winners have come from either Group A or C.
The Black Stars are chasing their fifth AFCON title and are hoping to break their 31-year-old trophy draught in South Africa.
But the lecturer claims the West African side will need extra luck to turn the tables in their favour.
“Since 1978 when Ghana won the competition, all past winners have come from either Group A or C. So we are not favoured to win this tournament,” he told Accra-based Happy FM.
“Nigeria were able to break the sequence in 1994 by winning it from Group B and then Egypt did same in 1998 in Burkina Faso.
“2000 marked the beginning of the millennium and sequence is likely to continue.
Despite the bookmakers tipping either the Ivory Coast or Ghana to emerge champions, he claims Nigeria could clinch their third title or Zambia have a great possibility of retaining the trophy.
“The trophy is likely to go Group C and either Nigeria or Zambia could win it.
1978 – Ghana won from Group A
1980 – Nigeria won from Group A
1982 – Ghana won from Group A
1984 – Cameroon won from Group A
1986 – Egypt won from Group A
1990 – Algeria won from Group A
1992 – Ivory Coast won from Group C
1996 – South Africa won from Group A
2000 – Cameroon won from Group A
2002 – Cameroon won from Group C
2004 – Tunisia won from Group A
2006 – Egypt won from Group A
2008 – Egypt won from Group C
2010 – Egypt won from Group C
2012 – Zambia won from Group A
Ghana are drawn in Group with DR Congo, Niger and Mali.
Can the Black Stars break the numerological omens?