The world champs we never had: Black Stars

Football can occasionally be full of mystery and bad luck. Paul the Octopus, a common octopus, gained notoriety as an animal oracle during the 2010 World Cup when he was used to forecasting match results with accuracy.

Drake, a well-known Canadian musician, and Grammy Award winner, has been held responsible for the misfortune of football teams, players, and other athletes as a result of his involvement with them. This is known as the “Drake Curse.”

There are numerous examples to back up this assertion, including the humbling 5–1 loss Paris Saint-Germain suffered at the hands of rival Lille after defender Layvin Kurzawa took a selfie with Drake.

Following a collision with Drake, Sergio Aguero missed a penalty, which led to Manchester City’s Champions League quarterfinal loss to Tottenham.

At a concert in London, the well-known performer gave a shirt to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Soon after, the Gunners lost 1–0 to Everton at home.

Jadon Sancho, an English player for Borussia Dortmund, was having a standout season in the Bundesliga when he encountered Drake. However, the encounter sent him spiraling downward, and shortly after that, his club suffered a 5–0 loss to Bayern Munich in the Der Klassiker.

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Conor McGregor, a huge fan of the rapper, is another well-known instance of the Drake curse having a negative impact on a sportsperson. Prior to a battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Drake spent time with McGregor. In round four, Drake’s pal lost.

The list is endless. In the 2015 US Open final, Drake faced tennis great Serena Williams, who lost to the underdog Roberta Vinci.

Even though it may seem strange, the “Drake Curse” has become a worry for football clubs all over the world. Serie A team Roma playfully advised their players not to approach Drake until the end of the current campaign.

Because of the outstanding job the Mahama government did on sports, the Ghana Black Stars were at their astounding best before the 2014 World Cup, defeating the Egyptian Pharaohs with a historic 6–1 score to qualify for the World Cup.

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Even though they were eliminated from the 2014 World Cup in the group stage, Ghana played brilliantly against Germany, the eventual champions of the tournament, drawing 2-2 as goals from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan offset goals from Mario Gotze and Miroslav Klose for the Germans. The contest’s finest game was ultimately decided to be this one.

Brazil was the only team that Germany couldn’t defeat, but Ghana was the only team that could keep Germany in check. splendid! Is it not?

One of the football world’s great mysteries may be the reason Ghana was unable to go to the final. The then-youth and sports minister was the target of sabotage from inside his own community because of the prominence he would have gained if Ghana had advanced to the final.

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Since none of the Black Stars players or officials interacted with Drake, I wouldn’t say the Drake phenomenon had any impact. There was a curse, though. In addition to the own goal sabotage, the playing body also suffered from a lack of patriotism and discord.

Although President Mahama and Honorable Elvis Afriyie Ankrah gave it their all, the Black Stars would have won the World Cup if it weren’t for the aforementioned own goal and malediction.

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