By Ameenu Shardow
African football pundit Mamadou Gaye has again predicted a first round exit for Ghana at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Black Stars have been drawn in Group B alongside Mali, Niger and Congo DR for the tournament which kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.
Ghana are overwhelming favourites to come out of the group as the top side as they aim to end a 31-year wait for an African title.
But the Ivorian football analyst who made a similar prediction for the Black Stars at the last edition of the AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea is again adamant Ghana will make a shameful exit this term after the first round.
“Let me tell you this group belongs to Mali and Niger,” Gaye said with a lot of panache on the weekly Soccer Africa show.
“With all these problems you are talking about in Ghana (referring to the recent disciplinary issue of Andre Ayew).
“I tell you Ghana will go home after the first round. You let’s just wait until January and see.”
Gaye’s comments about Ghana’s prospects at the 2013 Nations Cup is likely to attract a lot of bashing like it did earlier this year when he first made a similar prediction about the Black Stars.
Ghanaians in that episode however, accepted the challenge and proved the “Assassin of Abidjan” wrong as the Black Stars progressed all the way to the semi finals.
His latest negative expectations of the Ghana team is thus expected to have a similar effect of gingering the Black Stars to personal and national glory in South Africa.
Ghana opens its Group B account against Congo DR on January 20 before taking on Mali four days later.
The Black Stars will then finish of their group campaign against Niger on January 28 with all of its matches to be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.