Let the inquest begin:
Zambia knock Ghana out of CAN 2012 !
I believe in the law of averages. So having seen Ghana go out of CAN 2008 at the semi-final stage, lose the final to Egypt two years later in 2010. Then surely 2012 would be the year Ghana go all the way and lift the cup? , Third time lucky and all that! well no actually, as yet again Ghana have come up short in a major tournament. I do also believe that since World Cup 2010 in South Africa Ghana have become victims of their own success whereby every time they take the pitch people expect miracles. Therefore average performances are over scrutinised by expectant fans, however I don’t think it was unrealistic to expect Ghana to reach the final or even win the competition with the players they have. So what went wrong this time? I’m afraid that question brings about more questions than answers.
It felt a bit like the world cup 2010 all over. As again Asamoah Gyan was perceived to be the villain of the piece following his first half penalty miss. Many critics will say he chokes on the big occasion, but then you have to remember that he has also been the Black stars saviour many a time so to blame him solely is quite harsh, even though I did so initially, though is performances in the biggest games does come into question. Adam Kwaresey has also come in for some criticism during the campaign in what was his first major tournament in goal. I don’t think he can be at all blamed for Zambia’s winning goal which was a corker. The ironic thing about the match is that attacking wise Ghana played some of their best football. As it is fair to say they had not been at their best throughout the tournament notably against Botswana and Tunisia, but they still could not score the vital goal. Therein lies the problem for me and it is problem that can be traced right back to 2006 when Ghana exited CAN at the group stage. For all the talent we have in Midfield the same cannot be said of the striking department.
Thus I think the success at world cup only served to cover up this issue and our over reliance on Gyan for goals has become apparent over the years. You only have to watch Ghana at their best to see how many chances the midfield create, however they don’t score enough goals to compliment this especially on the big occasions. For all the chances Blackstars create they should really be finding the net a lot more often. If you compare the Ivory Coast, as well as Drogba, Solomon Kalou and Gervinho’s scoring records are not too bad at all. This can help ease the burden on Drogba, indeed Drogba reacted to his penalty miss against Equatorial Guinea by scoring a brilliant individual goal 5 minutes later.
How the Blackstars could do with an out and out striker who finds the net as regularly as Drogba does. Even a striker to play alongside Gyan to ease the burden, Dominic Adiyah (who was not included in the squad) looked like he could be that person at one time, more recently it has looked like Jordan Ayew but for all his talent I’m not convinced he can score regularly. If we can find two strikers that can work in tandem then I would like to see the manager to change the formation to 4-4-2. Our midfield is capable enough to make this work. Meanwhile the inquest into Ghana’s latest disappointment begins.
So what are your thoughts on the points raised above and the game itself? Should Gyan continue to be the teams penalty taker ? and importantly where do the Blackstars go from here? Remember this is not just a time to criticize and show frustration but also to come up with realistic suggestions the Blackstars can implement to move forward, improve and finally win that elusive trophy, for now the wait continues.
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Ben JK Anim-Antwi