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AFCON 2015: Ghana 1-0 Algeria…

Commeth the hour, Commeth the Gyan!

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Asamoah Gyan came off his sickbed to secure a dramatic late win for Ghana against Algeria in their second match in Group C. Ghana’s captain who had missed their opening game defeat to Senegal with a bout Malaria came up trumps again for the Black Stars with a goal which has breathed life into Ghana’s hopes of reaching quarter finals.

In a game of very few chances, Gyan snatched an unlikely victory when he latched on to a long ball from Mubarak Wakaso and angled in a drive in stoppage time.

Algeria missed the only other clear chance when Nabil Bentaleb side-footed well wide from 12 yards in the first half. The game had looked set to remain goalless until Gyan’s late strike. The striker has now scored in each of his last six games for the Black Stars,

In a very scrappy game Ghana failed to muster a single effort at goal in the opening period as the Algerian defence, well marshalled by returning captain Madjid Bougherra. Algeria were the better team in the first half but Ghana improved after the breaks. Howveer Gyan  could not direct a difficult diving header on target and dragged another shot well wide and Ghana striker Jordan Ayew flicked over an improvised volley at the near post after being set up by his brother Andre.

Algeria missed a Bentaleb fizzed a low shot wide of the right post after being played in by Brahimi. Thus it was left to Gyan to score the winner with a couple minutes to go in injury time

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At his post match press conference Ghana coach Avram Grant stated: Asamoah Gyan was not fit – he didn’t train like he needed to – but he’s Asamoah Gyan, if you look at the stats and his behaviour in the dressing room.

 

“You know I have been coach of some of the great players – he’s one of the greatest. First – he always scores when you need him. Second – he’s good for the spirit of the team – he’s a very good captain.”

So it’s all play to for on the last day in Group C with Ghana facing South Africa and Algeria up against Senegal. A win would secure a place in the quarter finals but a draw may still be enough.

In the Black Stars we trust!

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

 

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)