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Ghana’s performance at AFCON 2013

Black Stars!!! Really???

 

 

Ghana is a West African country deeply in love with our football. It’s our basketball or NFL to the Americans; it’s our cricket to the West Indies and rugby to New Zealand. It’s our passion, the one and only time our great nation comes together as one and most recently over the last decade one of the few things which has bestowed upon us the bragging rights over our friendly but fierce West African neighbours Nigeria.

Over the last few tournaments, namely since the AFCON in 2008 till now, Ghana has been the only country to set a benchmark as to the heights African football is capable of reaching. 3 semi-finals and a final in the AFCON last four tournaments has proved our consistency whilst it had to take the forever hated Luiz Suarez to deny us of an inevitable place in the world cup semi-final which would have been a first by any African nation.

Upon all these stats and heights we’ve supposedly reached, why is it that the last time this great foot balling nation won a tournament was in 1982? Should we conceive that we won’t win one anytime soon? Should we (the people) not expect much from the team anymore? Because it seems we always one way or the other get our hearts broken, our dreams shattered and our bragging rights blown off target. Friday was meant to be seen as stepping stone to facing our rivals Nigeria in the final, a big West African derby in football terms. A chance not only to settle the football on the pitch, but to settle the long standing argument over who makes the best jollof rice, has the best culture, has the best skin tone (I think we’ve settled that one) and many more. But yet again, our dismal performance didn’t deserve even a semi-final place even though the Tunisian referee tried his outmost best to see us through with that outrageously biased performance himself which has seen him suspended today by CAF.

Overall, a shocking display and a truly barbaric demonstration in this year’s tournament which is forcing me to retire from watching Ghana play at least for the foreseeable future because I can’t bare the torment and the heartbreak anymore and I have a degree to pursue.

Some say it’s just football, get over it. But I tell you what, when it comes to Ghana, its more than football my friend, it’s our everything! God bless our homeland Ghana!

Medase!!

By Eddie Kojo

(@Ed_Edd_Nd_Eddie)

Ghana vs Mali: match analysis

CAN 2013: Black Stars grab vital first win of the tournament against Mali

 

A Mubarak Wakaso penalty on 38 minutes was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Ghana in their second match of CAN 2013. After a disappointing draw against DR Congo in the first game in which they let a 2-0 lead slip it was imperative they got a positive result against Mali. Thus they started the game with some intensity in attempt to stamp their authority on it.

It took Ghana a little time to settle into the game but when they did it came as little surprise when they opened the scoring. Wakaso scored from the spot in the first half after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu had been brought down. The Espanyol winger coolly converted as Mamadou Samassa in the Mali failed to get a touch despite diving the right way. However Wakaso earned his second yellow card of the tournament for his celebration, ruling him out of the Niger clash, although he was also carried off on a stretcher later on.

However early on it was Ghana’s goalkeeper Fatau Dauda who was the centre of attention after sliding out of his area and clearly using his hand to stop the ball. He escaped with a yellow card and perhaps Ghana’s chances of winning intact. Mali had one decent chance in the first half when their captain and talisman Seydou Keita curled a free-kick narrowly wide, but that was as good as it got for them.

In the second half Ghana attempted to increase their lead and Gyan shot narrowly wide before Badu saw a free-kick pushed wide by Mali keeper Samassa, while substitute Solomon Asante also flashed a shot the wrong side of the post in the closing stages. Mali looked short of ideas and never seriously threatened to get back into the contest in a poor second half which featured more yellow cards than chances.

The Black Stars held out for a win and although the performance was not spectacular it was professional and they got the job done.  They now sit top of Group B with 4 points from two games after Niger and DR Congo’s goalless draw. Victory against Niger in their final group game will guarantee Ghana a place in the last eight.

In the Black Stars we trust!

What were your thoughts on Ghana’s performance?

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)