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Egypt wins African Nations Cup

The Egyptian Pharaohs soccer team clinched its third consecutive African Cup of Nations title in a 1-0 victory Sunday.

Ghana and Egypt played a very close game in the finals match.

Tension was high as the continent watched to see which nation would claim the title as its own. The game remained tied at 0-0 until Egypt scored with less than three minutes left in the game.

The Africa Cup of Nations is a tournament in which teams from all around the continent compete for the title of the best team in Africa. This year, the tournament was held in Luanda, Angola.

Though the Black Stars didn’t win, their place in the final match brought a lot of good to Ghana. The country is a very diverse place where, though the population appears largely homogeneous, there are many different ethnic groups and languages spoken. Watching soccer brings Ghanaians together, despite all the differences they might have with one another.

Thousands of people wearing green, red and yellow apparel crowded into Osu Street to watch the game on a large projected TV screen in Accra. People filled the streets cheering, dancing and chanting for their beloved Black Stars.

As I watched, I was filled with a sense of community. Everyone from all around Ghana gathered together with family, friends and strangers to watch the game.

Soccer really is a big deal here. Everyone watches the games or listens to them on the radio and afterward everyone talks about the game.

Prior to coming to Ghana, I was never really a sports fan, but now I love soccer. For Ghanaians, the Black Stars are far more than just a sports team – they are a symbol of national pride.

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