March 2013


Ghana triumphs over Suda

Ghana grab vital win against Sudan in World Cup qualifier

 

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In their first match since the disappointing CAN 2013 tournament, Ghana made light work of Sudan by earning to a 4-0 victory in their World Cup qualifier at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi. Ghana needed to win convincingly to satisfy their fans and also close the gap on group leaders Zambia.

Before the match midfielder Sulley Muntari talked about how desperate the Black Stars are to reach Brazil 2014 to make up for the disappointment of CAN 2013. You could see the urgency in the Black Stars play as they begun the game on an aggressive note, giving little room to their Sudanese counterparts to operate.

It was striker, Asamoah Gyan who broke the deadlock on nineteen minutes before Mubarak Wakaso hit a half-volley to increase the lead. Which meant Ghana went into the break with a 2-0 lead. After half time, Sudan looked like the stronger side but failed to translate that into goals. They worked themselves into the game and Ramadan Agab should have scored when he was left with only the Ghana goalkeeper to beat but blasted his effort. The North Africans kept a little bit of pressure on the Black Stars as they took advantage of some slack passing.

Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah made some changes which saw the likes of Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Emmanuel Frimpong joining action. The Black Stars still did not enjoy the majority of the in possession following the changes and resorted to counter attacks which produced two other goals; Spartak Moscow striker Abdul Majeed Waris got his name on the score sheet on his debut competitive match before playing a part in the fourth goal which was scored by Agyemang Badu.

The Black Stars remain second in Group D with six points, just one point behind leaders Zambia, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Lesotho. The group winners will advance to a decisive two-legged playoff that will determine Africa’s five representatives at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Although not a brilliant performance Ghana were ruthless in front of goal and will need to be in their remaining games if they are to qualify for the final round playoff. Another win against Sudan in the return match in June should put the Black Stars in a good position going into the final two games.

By Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@kwesitheauthor)

What has happened to the Black Stars?

Are the Black Stars in Decline?

 

 

It’s been over a month since Ghana were acrimoniously dumped out of CAN 2013 by Burkina Faso. Since then coach Kwesi Appiah has been fiercely criticised by the media and fomer players alike – the Ayew brothers have announced their ‘temporary’ retirement from international football and left back John Pantsil found himself in trouble with the law.

There is no doubt the Black Stars are among the best teams in Africa but how long will that last? The dizzying heights of World Cup 2010 are now in the past and with the retirement of Jordan and Andre Ayew the team has lost two very good attacking options at a crucial time. What is more worrying is that the Ayew brothers have joined an illustrious list of Ghanaian players who have decided on an “early retirement”. Michael Essien, Kevin Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan and now the Ayew brothers are among Ghana’s best players to have made this decision. So you have to ask the question, is the Ghanaian FA doing enough to support the players and more importantly, how many more will decide on this course of action?

Of the current crop of players like Wakaso Mubarak and Christian Atsu who have impressed, there are serious questions over the team as a whole being able to deliver on the biggest occasions. Ghana’s elimination at the semi final stage against Burkina Faso at this year’s CAN was bitterly disappointing not least because with the Ivoirians already out this was arguably the Black stars best opportunity to win it in recent years.

Asamoah Gyan looks a shadow of his former self whilst Kwado Asamoah, a man of whom much was expected had a disappointing tournament. Now Ghana who go into a huge World Cup qualifier against Sudan on March 24 do so against the backdrop of off field troubles and huge pressure.

The Black stars are in desperate need of three points as they look to close the gap on group D leaders Zambia, who have a three point advantage with only group winners qualifying for the final round of qualification. Whilst it’s still early days the thought of Ghana not qualifying is unthinkable.

Kwesi Appiah has named his squad to face Sudan and recalled AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari whilst Emmanuel Frimpong of Fulham has been given his first cap. Alsi returning to the squad are Abdul Majeed Waris, who recently signed to Russian giants Spartak Moscow and Democratic Republic of Congo-based defender Yaw Frimpong.

 

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals).

 

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Richard Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

 

Midfielders: Emmanuel Frimpong (Fulham, England), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portugal), Wakaso Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England)

 

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), David Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak)

 

It’s make or break time for Ghana. Do you think they have what it takes to get through this difficult period or is this beginning of a downward spiral for the Black Stars?

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

New single from Mista Silva

AFROBEATS SENSATION MISTA SILVA DEBUTS BRAND NEW SINGLE “I KNOW YOU LIKE AM”

 

Afrobeats sensation and full-fledged star Mista Silva is the modern voice of a new generation bringing Afrobeats and the sound of Africa to a brand new audience. With his instant classic and pioneering sounds of “Boom Boom Tah”, Mista Silva was the first unsigned Afrobeats artist to be playlisted on BBC 1Xtra.

 

Still ringing bells and making massive waves with his debut E.P titled Full Vim, the extremely talented and versatile artist stole the show at the likes of E4 Udderbelly Festival, BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekender, Africa Unplugged, I Love Afrobeats Festival, Somerset House’ Summer Afrobeats Series and WizKid’s UK tour among other essential Afrobeats gigs and concerts of 2012, which also saw Mista Silva perform across the globe, notably in Germany, Holland, Ghana and Austria.

 

As a result of his successful single and E.P release as well as his extensive performance schedule across the UK, Mista Silva was awarded the UK Artist of the Year 2012 gong at the GMA Europe 2012 as well as Best Emerging Act 2012 at the GUBA Awards. He rounded off a fantastic 2012 with the release of “No. 1” music video off of the Full Vim E.P.

 

Mista Silva picks up in 2013 where he left off in 2012 with the release of his brand new single titled “I Know You Like Am” which is off of his forthcoming sophomore E.P More Vim!!!

Check out the song below!