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HISTORY: On this day in 1963, Ghana won it first AFCON  

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December 1, 1963, exactly 57 years today, Ghana won it first ever Africa Cup of Nations title, a day to remember by every Ghanaian football sympathizer.


The Black Stars completed a host and win task after handsomely beating Sudan 3-0 in Accra in the final to win the country's first ever silverware on the continent. 

On the day, the Black Stars were stretched in the first half but thanks to goals from Aggrey Fynn and Edward Acquah in the second half, Ghana prevailed leaving huge and massive celebrations on the streets of Accra.
The 1963 Africa Cup of Nations tournament was the fourth edition and was hosted in Ghana comprising of 6 teams drawn in two groups of 3 teams each with winners of each group engaging each other in the final.
Ghana topped Group A with 3 points ahead of Ethiopia and Tunisia whiles Sudan also finished top of Group B over Nigeria and then, United Arab Republic.
Some of the notable players in the 1963 squad include Aggrey Fynn, Edward Acquah, Kofi Pare, goalkeeper Dodo Ankrah, Ben Acheampong, Rev Osei Kofi, Wilberforce Mfum and more, they were all under the tutelage of then head coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi of blessed memory.
From then, Ghana has four AFCON trophies to boast off winning also in 1965, 1978, 1982 having previously finished as runners up in 1968 and 1970.
Sadly, Ghana has now gone 38 years without winning the AFCON despite playing finals in 1992 (losing to Ivory Coast) and in recent times against Egypt and Ivory Coast again in 2010 and 2015 respectively.
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