After three decades of Ghana’s inability to win any major trophy on the continent,we can still pride ourselves of being four time winners of the African Cup of Nations trophy,1963,1965 and 1978 for keeps and in 1982.
With few weeks to the AFCON 2016 in Gabon, the 1978 AFCON trophy is nowhere to be found at the Ghana FA trophy cabinet. All other trophies have been neatly displayed with the exception of our most cherished trophy,being it replica or original.
Ghana FA’s librarian, Frederick Boakye our source in an interview that the football governing body only have trophies that were won in testimonial games after 1990, and thus his outfit has no knowledge of where the major trophies, including the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations were kept.
“We only have trophies that were won recently, like the FA Cups and others won after may be 90’s but ones like the Africa Cup, no no no we don’t have”,
At least I’ve been here for sometime now and I can say that they’re not here. I understand that during those years, the trophies were kept by the Sports
Council and not the GFA”, He added.
At the office of Ghana’s Sports Ministry, some giant trophies were displayed but the PRO of the ministry revealed that, his outfit has no knowledge of where most of the national trophies are kept, and that they
have even started a process of tracing some of the missing trophies.
“Where is the trophy. We want to see where the trophy we laboured to win for keeps has been kept”, Willie Klutse, a worried member of the 1978 squad told our source in a telephone interview.
“This is not the first time I’m asking about the trophy. I have personally gone to the GFA and Sports Council offices to enquire on the whereabouts of the cup but they all told me they don’t know and it makes me sick”,
“We have failed to win a cup for years, over 34 years and the only one we have for keeps that could have been moral booster for this generation too has been stolen”, He added
“Of course all the members are saddened by the missing cup. Even if the nation cannot celebrate us,the trophy should have been there as a symbol of
inspiration to we the heroes and the next generation. We are disappointed”,
The Black Stars won the 1978 African Cup under a military regime led by Lt General Kutu Acheampong.