Akwei Thompson

In my last blog post, I highlighted a couple of music videos celebrating the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

My VOA colleague Akwei Thompson, a big fan of The Black Stars of Ghana, reminded me the players are also generating some of the music. Akwei shared this Black Stars video with me.

The Black Stars sang and beat the drums before beating Nations Cup debutante Botswana, 1-0, in their opening match in Franceville, Gabon.

I don’t think Akwei and other Black Stars fans were singing much, though, when Ghana

Red card for John Mensah

captain John Mensah was red-carded and sent off the pitch, after scoring the goal against


Mensah also injured his left leg in the match and will miss Ghana’s next two Nations Cup games against Mali and Guinea. Ghanaian star Asamoah Gyan says Mensah is an important player, but the Black Stars have the depth to overcome his absence in their bid to win their first Nations Cup trophy in 30 years.