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15.01.2008 Cup of Nations

Dismissal raises AFCON security concerns

By ghanasoccernet
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With the African Cup of Nations Cup just five days away in Ghana security concerns have dominated the major talking point in the west African country following the dismissal of the country's Minister of National Security.

The government has remained tight lipped on the reasons for the dismissal of Francis Poku at the weekend.

With security being prized as the cornerstone of every competition, the dismissal of Poku has raised questions about the security inference ahead of the tournament.

Already the Ghana security apparatus is faced with a laborious task of putting up quality safety measures for the one millions visitors expected in Ghana for the tournament.

The news of the dismissal of their boss clearly depict the mystified situation the security detailed in the country are engulfed in.

Anticipation is building up in the West African Country with the arrival of nations for the biannual soccer showpiece.

Zambia were the fist to arrive on Sunday and Namibia will be next.

The Chipolopolos have since flown to their base in Kumasi where they play Champions Egypt, four-times winners Cameroon and Sudan .

There will be a flurry of activity at the Kotoka International Airport on 17 January as Morocco, Egypt, Namibia, Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria all troop in.

Ivory Coast, Sudan and Tunisia will arrive a day later while South Africa will make a late arrival on January 20, the tournament's kick off date.

Billions of fans are expected to follow the month-long tournament on television, giving the country unprecedented exposure to a much wider audience than usual, and showing the world that Ghana is more than cocoa, gold and timber - the country's major exports.

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