Hello from The 26th African Cup of Nations

by Dexy Longshot

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Prophecy According to Dexy part 3

Hello my friends as they tend to say a lot at me down here in sunny Ghana. Welcome to my 3rd African Nations Cup blog. I’ve been out here for a while now and am really settling into the African way of life. I’ve have kitted myself out with the latest threads, indulging in the local nosebag and taken on the traditional dances and customs like a duck to water. In exchange, small deposits of The Dark Continent are sporting trilbys, fat shades, guzzling down pukka pies and doing the aggadoo like one of my own, bless you all my newfound brethwin!

These boys really know what to do to get behind their teams, they are caning it!!!
Inside and outside the stadiums, on street corners cramped around ancient TV’s to the giant plasma screens in town squares paid for by local business’s & sponsors, Cup fever has taken hold of Ghana and doesn’t look like letting go. Great grand children, Great grandparents and all generations in between are singing and dancing to beat of the tribal drum! Flags and colour, hand drums, bongos, trumpets, maracas -these fans could show Bez a thing or two about Freaky Dancing. The National Anthems out here are belters, it’s a right old knees-up in the stands, if only we could replicate this sort of atmosphere at the home of football.

Dexy and his Egyptian friends

The only downside to it all (apart from the poxy mossers!) have been the poor attendance figures, some of the games have barely brought in 5000 supporters, excluding my Egyptian entourage of course. I reckon half the corporate ticket holders haven’t even set foot in Ghana & a high whack of the remaining tickets have been picked up by the black market. Moody touts are knocking them out at too high a price for your average supporter to buy; it’s a right sickener to see all those empty seats inside with 1000’s of fans outside. I’m not sure if some of the ticket inspectors are on the take but at the interval, the stadiums always seem a bit more full when the 2nd half kicks off. (Wembley Prawn munchers take note!).

Anyhow, that’s quite enough of my ramblings, let’s have look what’s been happening over the past few days. I don’t like to blow my own trumpet (I’ll be saving that till the semi’s) but I was pretty much spot on with my predictions for the final 4 teams. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt & Cameroon are left and i’m gutted I never got round to putting on a few bob on the semi finalist listings.

I doubt i’m as gutted as Wenger and Avram though. Fergie has been gloating in the week that he hopes the Ivory Coast & Ghana can go all the way to the final just to keep Toure, Eboue, Drogba, Kalou, Essien et all from getting back to the Premiership early. “I’m hoping the final goes to extra time, penalties and even a replay!” smirked Sir Alex as he cackled in his best Mr. Katanga voice.

Click here for Dexy’s semi final preview

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  • http://blog.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Aslan

    Spot on with this blog entry mate, those touters outside the stadiums really should be cracked down upon. With ticket prices too high anyway at their original sale price, putting the prices up even more will only backfire against these crude men and women.

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