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2014 World Cup: Dutch friendly exposes Ghana's weaknesses

Robin Van Persie slipping in his goal after Jeffrey Schlupp's vital slip

Robin Van Persie slipping in his goal after Jeffrey Schlupp’s vital slip

There was a scene during Ghana’s friendly with the Netherlands in Rotterdam on Saturday that summed up Ghana’s most critical problems ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. Jeffrey Schlupp, the young Leicester City left-back who Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah started on the day, had slipped when it mattered most, sprawled out in despair as a cool, calm and collected Robin van Persie — who had snuck up his blind side — slotted in short cross from teammate Wesley Sneijder.

When Sneijder started the move that led to the goal, there were five Ghanaian players — three defenders and a defensive midfielder — behind the ball and two more seen tracking back to help out. But despite having the numbers, Ghana lacked the defensive intelligence and anticipation to stop the goal.

Sneijder passed to Arjen Robben, who had all the time and space in the world to turn towards goal and survey his options. He side-footed a brilliant pass through the Ghana defence back to Sneijder, who had made a clever run into the box. Sneijder took one touch into the box and slid the ball across for Van Persie. The orange-clad Feyenoord Stadium went wild.

It was such a well-worked goal, and the way the Dutch went about it — the intricate passing and intelligent movement — made it look so simple. From Sneijder, it took just three passes, amid seven Ghana men, as the Oranje nonchalantly marched their way into Ghana’s box.

The image of Schlupp — who was later dropped from the squad — lying on the turf, looking helpless and clueless, served a befitting microcosm of the Ghana defence on the day. They were all over the place, and looked amateurish and worryingly disorganized.

The team had started the game in better shape than the Dutch, passing well and applying pressure. But they looked unimaginative. The lack of ideas, of a plan, was telling. When the Dutch got hold of the ball, the difference was glaring, and they showed Ghana how it’s done. They were effective, concise and precise, as they carved open the Ghana defensive setup with just their first move.

Rashid Sumaila challenging Van Persie for the ball

Rashid Sumaila challenging Van Persie for the ball

In the Dutch dugout, coach Louis van Gaal had his eyes firmly fixed on his notepad, making notes as the players celebrated with Van Persie. On the Ghana bench, Appiah was sweating. He knew the goal painted a picture of the state of his defence ahead of a tournament as big as the World Cup, and the picture wasn’t pretty.

Samuel Inkoom, the Greece-based right-back, looked as lost as the central-defensive pairing of Rashid Sumaila and Jerry Akaminko — not to mention Schlupp — as the Dutch continuously exposed the porosity in their midst.

Going into preparations for the tournament, Appiah had a lot of tough decisions to make regarding Ghana’s defence. Veteran and former captain John Mensah was not picked, nor was the tall and robust Isaac Vorsah, two decisions that divided a lot of opinion. Appiah had risked that bold decision on the grounds that they weren’t fit, but many nonetheless feared that their absence would strip the Ghana defence of the needed composure and experience.

After the game against the Dutch, Appiah’s defensive woes worsened, with Akaminko sustaining an ankle injury that will keep him out for three months. The dropping of Schlupp, who many feel isn’t quite ready for the big stage yet, leaves Ghana’s defence with only six men — three central defenders and three full-backs.

Among the central-defensive trio, only Jonathan Mensah has World Cup experience, but his performances in Ligue 1 for Evian last season were uninspiring. John Boye, owner of the most caps of Ghana’s defence, endured an injury-plagued season that saw him make just 10 league appearances for Stade Rennes. Rashid Sumaila, once the Ghana Premier League’s best defender, is a star on the rise, winning the South African league title with club Mamelodi Sundowns in his first season with the club, but he is the least capped of the lot.

Jerry Akaminko picked up an injury which ruled him out of the World Cup

Jerry Akaminko picked up an injury which ruled him out of the World Cup

Appiah faces a dilemma to settle on a preferred partnership that he can trust, a partnership that will be confident enough to face the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Goetze and Jozy Altidore.

On the flanks of Ghana’s unhealthy defence are the likes of Inkoom, Harrison Afful and Daniel Opare — formerly of Standard Liege and now bound for Porto. Inkoom is seen by many as a favourite of Appiah, having retained his place while inactive at club level. Perhaps it’s for that reason, coupled with his underwhelming performances for his country, the majority of Ghanaians disapprove of his place in the squad.

There are also issues with Opare and Afful. The former is generally seen as inconsistent and untrustworthy, whereas the latter — who’s right-footed — has often times looked like a square peg in a round hole at left-back, where he is normally deployed. The trio needs considerable work, and could do with a helping of confidence, too.

Away from the headaches at the back, Appiah’s side also lacked enough chemistry to muster a clear sense of purpose in their play. He has been experimenting with the team a lot over the past few months, and a lack of consistency and continuity is quite evident. Appiah needs to forge a team spirit by the time the team finishes their last preparatory game against South Korea in Miami on June 9.

A clear, effective plan needs to be in place — probably mapped out conscientiously Van Gaal-style in a notepad — by the time they board that flight to Brazil. Otherwise, the Black Stars might just be on an early flight back to Accra.

Written by Fiifi Anaman

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Assemblyman says:

    Hahahah .who says Akwasi Appiah is not aware of this big truth..He deliberately ignore them by doing personal favors to players .Who he had picked to Brazil whiles he knows they don’t deserve their spots in the team..We are going to see what happens in Brazil with these half baked players ..
    Now those of you guys who only respond to honest comments with insults ..I have realize most of you either don’t read the articles or lack proper understanding of basic English language …first of all read to understand enough before commenting…

  2. zongo says:

    All these talk of Mensah, Vorsah and all – didnt we lose to the same dutch side 4-1 the last time? And the so called Mensah and Vorsah all played – with John Mensah raising his hands left and right.
    The defence this year looks shaky – Inkoom has no business playing Right back or on the team period – the dutch exploited that side more often.

    Opare — Mensah Jnr – John Boye – Afful ( this defence will be ok)

  3. Jojo says:

    It is better we get our weaknesses exposed now and fix them vs Korea rather than it happening at the WC.

  4. wee ba says:

    Dr coach Akwasi appiah is one hell of a corrupted man,he knows very well that inkoom is sh!t.don’t he see what we see? Let’s see what happens in brasil…u go smell peper plus yor inkoom if u blast

  5. AfrikaBoy says:

    LOL…….LOL…….LOL

    What a lazy and ridiculous journalistic analysis, if I can even call that analysis. I watched the game and this guys is praising the dutch team, but the dutch team didn’t do shit against a weaker Ghana B-team. Please GSN spare us these long articles that say absolutely nothing intelligent.

    Have you seen some of the friendlies played by Germany? They were not convincing, but it would be mistake to think they will get to the WC an play that horrible. So please put friendlies in their own perspectives.

    This guy who wrote this, I would put him on the pitch or as the coach and see what he would do. it’s always easier to sit your ass in front of TV and criticize pretending to be expert. GET OUT OF HERE!! RIDICULLOUS!!!!!!!

  6. Richie says:

    Who wrote this article? He’s a shit.. Netherland were dangerous with their counter attacks. That’s the only thing they did but Ghana possessed almost all the ball. Much credit to De Jong for effective midfield work and Robben for his quick counters. Van persey and sneidger brought the goal but I’m sorry this article is lying cause they didn’t play anything except scoring a goal and few other dangerous counter attacks

  7. AfrikaBoy says:

    It’s funny, I keep hearing this stupid criticism of the coach because the dutch coach was taking notes and AA was not, that means AA is not a good coach. What a ridiculous criticism! What if it was AA taking notes and the dutch coach was not, what would that mean? It would not mean SHIT! It’s not because the other guy is taking notes you have to do the same just to show. There are many other ways of analyzing a game. In 2014 you can watch the game as many times as you want to see what you want to analyze.

    I watched the Germany and Cameroon game an many more friendlies and don’t see coaches taking notes, does that mean they are bad coaches??

    STOP THE NONSENSE! GO BLACK STARS GO!!!!!!! WE’LL PROVE ALL THE HATERS WRONG.

  8. lhaj says:

    A well written piece.
    Perhaps what is more troubling is the lack of friendship matches by the BS. This by the way is the Ghana FA’s fault for not organizing enough adequate test matches to get the players gelling before the big stage. Anyhow, Defense issues are always a problem for African teams. In Ghana’s case however, it is not the defense that carries the load for the team. Rather, it is the middle that ensures that prolific players are not given the time to tear the defense apart. Essien in that game was good at passing the ball but did little to assist on the defensive side. That could be due to the fact that he is avoiding injuries that could keep him out of the WC, or no longer have the prowess to man the D middle. In the last world cup Ghana’s Annan played so well as a defensive midfielder that he ended up looking as if he was the only one in the field. Let’s hope we will get similar services from our current D midfielders.

    Nonetheless Ghana cannot afford a defensive game against any of the teams in the group. To win any match Ghana must score at least two goals.

  9. TruthBeTold! says:

    Unbelievable trash!!! You do have some facts but owing to that fact Holland started with their best XI and Ghana only played about 5 regulars, you couldn’t be far from the truth about the complete picture. You have just twisted the facts to support your opinion; it is just like a thief quoting the bible to support his act. The Black Stars will definitely do better than what we saw on that day once they switch into “tournament” mode. Don’t forget this Dutch team beam us 4-1 in a similar warm up before the last WC!

  10. Aseye says:

    Please Coach Appiah don’t forget about training these guys on penalties oooooooo tom. It has disgraced us several times. Please Please and PLEASE ooooo tom.

  11. James Ansah says:

    This was just a friendly match for Kwesi Appiah the coach to access the players to see who goes to Brazil and why we keep on talking of Jefferey Schlupp slipping it was not his fault it happens sometimes he is very young and yes he was not ready for the big stages but do not count him out and he may come back along with David Accam to go to African Cup Of Nations qualifiers and Possibly to the African cup of Nations and they are very young they will be fine they will get their chance to be back to the Ghana team soon Schlupp and Accam are young they will be fine along with yiadom Boakye I see them playing in 3 or 4 world cups and 3 or 4 African cup Of Nations in the near future they will be fine they will be the future of black stars when the veteran s of the black stars are done playing international football relax Fiifi ananam ok no more talk of Jefferey Schlupp leave the young man alone he will be fine not his fault let’s focus on the current squad of this team eat pray and support them that all they need form us fans please ok .

  12. Kwame Milla says:

    This is the sort honest assessment of our team we need. All of team seemed lost with no scheming ideas nor striking efficiency. It was plainly kick-abouts. We need a plan, we some coherence. Otherwise it would be a disaster. May God forbid!!

  13. keith from germany says:

    A very poor analysis.i guess mr writter saw a different game.
    The dutch never dominated the game.if u take a close look at the ball possession it was 48:52 for the dutchmen.
    I have realy studied all the blackstars matches since akwesi appiah took charge in april 2012 and i have come to the conclusion that AA never had his full squad apart from that crucial game against egypt at the baba yara stadium in kumasi.
    in that two games AA had all his top guns and ghana walloped them 7-3 on aggregates.
    one might say ghana had all it players
    on the 5th of march when ghana played montenegro in the montenogroan capital city of podgorica.
    but we all have to bear in mind that AA started about 7 guys who normally dont belong to the first eleven.
    Against serbian gyan,kpb,muntari and dede ayew didnt start the game.
    the same things applies to the dutch game where u have opare,gyan,kpb,muntari,boye,dede ayew and agyemang badu on the bench but nevertheless the stars presented themselves well.
    mr editor please shine your eyes
    Did u saw how coach louis van Gaal was very angry with his dutch boys?
    it was simple because the b.stars will frustrating his men with their style of play.
    Mr editor we the forumites of GSN also knows our soccer very well.

  14. keith from germany says:

    against montenegro i meant and not serbie

  15. woodini says:

    I am waiting to see the line up against South Korea. I just want to hear what Appiah will say to defend his line-up. The game against the Netherlands was to give chance to the fringe players so he said. I believe no matter what, our opponents will have an idea of the tactics Appiah will deplore with regards the players at his disposal. It is better for him to play his best players to see how his tactics will work and find a solution than to wait till the first match against the US. After all, all the teams are playing their best eleven in their friendly matches using different tactics deem fit. What you do on training grounds must be tested in friendlies. This is exactly the Netherlands is doing. They played all their three friendlies with their best eleven. They have a clear agenda and don’t care about their opponents watching how they are playing.

  16. The Cockerel says:

    My preliminary starting eleven is as follows ( 4-2-3-1 formation ):

    Kwarasey

    Afful Essien Boye Asamoah

    Acquah Muntari

    Waris Boateng D Ayew

    Gyan

    Explanation;

    Defence: Afful is our best right back, Boye is our best central defender, Essien is our most experienced and most versatile player. We need a leader and organiser in our defence and I believe Essien has to be given the responsiblity to see him at his best. I also think the bison is no longer our strongest and most mobile midfielder. Kwadwo Asamoah plays at left back ( or left wing back ) for Juventus, and he does it very effectively. If he can do it for his club, then he should be able to do it for his country. Frankly, he is the best left back in the squad.

    Holding Midfield: Afriyie Acquah is our up-and-comer and I believe he will come of age in Brazil. He will be partnered by Muntari, who seldom disappoints in tournaments for the Stars.

    Attacking Midfield: We all know about the rise of Abdul Majeed Waris and I hope to see that continue in Brazil. Kevin Boateng is simply playing in the same position that he does for Schalke and he is very effective just behind the striker, both with an eye for goal and a killer pass. Dede is now back to form so retains his position of the left side of the attacking three.

    Striker: Baby Jet is our most reliable and record breaking striker, especially on the biggest stage.

    I believe my eleven is a well balanced side , very experienced at this level with a sprinkling of youthful promise in Acquah and Waris. Our subs bench will include Dauda, Mensah, Opare, Mohammed, Badu, Mubarak, Atsu and J. Ayew. So there you are, Black Stars at its strongest and most fearsome.

    No doubt, most you diasgree with my selections. Put yours down and explain away!

    • jojo says:

      i like that lineup -the inclusion of aquah in the midfield is critical for black stars success

    • wilson says:

      kwarasey
      opare, boye, mensah, kwadwo
      essien, afriyie
      dede, kpb, muntari
      djan

      Kwadwo Asamoah plays at left back ( or left wing back ) for Juventus, and he does it very effectively. If he can do it for his club, then he should be able to do it for his country. Frankly, he is the best left back in the squad.

      jonathan mensah organised the defence very well against australia in south africa. 4 years on, i expect him to do it even better when given the role.

      Holding Midfield: Afriyie Acquah is our up-and-comer and I believe he will come of age in Brazil but please muntari is a waste in deep lying midfield. watch ghana versus zambia in zambia or ghana versus cameroun in accra. too many needless long passes.

      it should be either djan or warris but not both. 4-2-3-1 very appropriate for ghana but does not have room for warris & djan on the field at the same time. let djan star and warris come on to complete the match. the so called partnership was absent when we played against egypt in cairo. that partnership was a fluke.

      afful too smallish but very busy so always covering up his short comings. he should sit on bench.

  17. Nana says:

    Is High time we Ghanaians we stand up to fight this stupid Nigerians who are in this site insulting Ghanaians. we shall bet our last money on here that if we see any Nigerian written an insults against Ghanaians in this site should make sure one Nigerian must die that day. We are serious here,we are not joking. Leave Ghana and fucking return to your war country. No Nigerian writers here. This site is for only Ghanaians to express themselves. Today in Oxford street we were trying to kill one Nigerian but he was lucky to run away. No even fucking stupid and poor Zambians who are living with deadly diseases in their country. Please talk about your country and not insulting Ghanaians. Next week if this insults doesnt stop we will storm in your country Embassy to attack your Ambassorder. Listen to TV and see how Boko haram killing your children. Ghana is where you took as your refregee country why all this water mouth. Papaye shall be where we will attack Nigerians. Go back to your country. Zambians go back to your desert nation. Non Ghanaians has no rights to come to this site. Is a warn. Our group name is Black displine killers we are here to hunt down Ibos in Ghana untill they stop insulting Ghanaians on this site.

    • Gaskia says:

      This has to be the funniest comment if i ever saw one, the grammar and spellings were all on point. Geez, and i thought bokom banku speaks proper english. Nana akasa, the king has spoken. LOL

    • Benny says:

      Nana,tolerance is the word.internet trots are every where.Don’t get wind up by anybody.They insult online because they are cowards and jealous. Nigerians generally look down on Ghanaians even when they work for you and that is a fact.The best way to deal with such trots is not to read their post.By killing somebody you break the law and could get a life in prison and don’t forget not all Nigerians are dickheads.

  18. dwashman says:

    if appiah mess up with some foolish selection he should stay in brazil else I go pump concrete mortar up his backside!

  19. Readi 2 dye says:

    @ cockerel…WOW!!!..i like ur selection, its wicked solid.

  20. samva says:

    kwawrasay
    opare
    afful
    sumaila
    boye
    rabiu
    essien
    k asamoah
    kevin boateng
    andre ayew
    asamoah gyan

  21. selfmade says:

    Nana… With all due respect to u, I think u are wrong by classifying all Nigerians togather! Nigerians are generally very nice people and they tend to be closer to us than other African countries! Nigerians are not our enemies bro and some of the things u said is a bit too harsh esp with respect to attacking their embassy and trying of KILLING ONE NIGERIAN IN OXFORD STREET! I know u are a Ghanaian and royals like us FEAR HUMAN BLOOD on our hands and I just want to sound a friendly advice to to u to NEVER COME TO A SOCIAL FORUM LIKE GSN to say these things becasus u never know what ll or can happen! A guy call BULLDOCK is having tough times with the law because of very similar thing u said over here and according to certain people he is FOND of doing that and now it seems the law has finally caught up with him! Bro, this is a social forum whereby friends as well as enemies express their views no matter how distasteful it might be and I RATHER URGE U TO DEBATE OR EVEN INSULT THESE PEOPLE rather than THREATING THEM BECASUE the law is no respecter of persons! Please a word to the wise is ENOUGH…

    • schywee says:

      Nana your ip address is easily traceable by authorities and may pursue you with threats like this running here from your fingers. I visit Africaplays and im yet to see insults between commentators.
      My problem is censorship is one of the easiest things to add onto websites…so why isnt GH soccernet doing that.
      I have seen fellow ghanaians insult ourselves here way before these so-called nigerians flocked here…people treat you the way you treat yourself.
      If we all ignore some of these attention seeking idiots,pressure ghanasoccernet to stop tye lazyness and add censorship then these childish behavior from both some ghanaians and nigerians will stop

  22. Kweku Ananse says:

    The writer touched on something quite apparent and seems quite scary to fathom why Coach Appiah will gamble this way.

    One cannot doubt that the Black Stars have played without any clear pattern in most of their recent games.
    This is simply resolved by adopting a clear formation and choosing the right players to play and master it.

    Yes soccer has changed considerably over the years and Coach Appiah certainly may not have the luxury of camping his playing over a long period of time since the most of them ply their trade outside the country.

    Nevertheless, with just weeks to the World Cup soccer fiesta, the honorable coach is still experimenting with no fluidity in the play – An experimentation which started with the AFCON through the qualifying match and still in progress days to the tournament.

    Everybody is talking about our defence with only six main players to take care of it. Let one of these players attract two yellow cards and we will be in serious trouble. So why Inkoom is found weaker and Harrison Afful is being played out of position for most part, one might think the clarion call to draft the likes of Baba Rahman or Kwabena Asiedu, Nuru Sulley to gain experience and form the next generation of talents would have been heeded.

    Yes some rare moments and tournaments like the World Cup could be used to unearth good talents. Abedi Pele was discovered in this manner in 1982. So was Mohammed Polo or Ghana’s Isaac Asare.

    One continues to read with admiration the exploits of the local darling Augustine Okrah. Yet for fear of being criticized by Abedi Pele, Kwesi Appiah did not know how to drop Jordan Ayew; leaving Accam as the sacrificial lamb.

    I read somewhere here by a contributor that defense has always been Ghana’s problem. I disagree. For those of us old enough to remember, the 1978 Black Stars of defense which featured gallant men like
    P.S.K Paha, Awuley Quaye, Isaac Acquaye and Kuuku Dadzie, always comes to mind. It was simply a delight watching them play. The bench made up of Ofei Ansah (of blessed memory), Isaac Paha, Justice Moore, are trusted chargrins in their right.

    I just simply wish for the best for Ghana.

    • The Cockerel says:

      Kweku, please don’t bring back memories of a golden age for the Black Stars! The 1978 AFCON was the first tournament I was old enough to appreciate, and yes, we had a wonderful defence. Nevertheless, wasn’t that same defence terrorised for some 75 minutes by the mighty Segun ‘Mathematical’ Odegbami before our beloved Willie Klutse scored his equaliser with the famous ‘sulia’ goal? Even Uganda’s Omondi had some fun in the final. I suppose I’m saying that we sometimes look at the past through rose tinted glasses.

  23. Dennis says:

    Appiah is nt foreseeing the black star progress in brasil. How can u go to a tournament like this wit only six defender?

  24. African Consciousness says:

    The Black Stars defense had a defensive lapse and they paid for it. There is no weakness in the Black Stars. The defense is athletic and intelligent enough to get the job done. They only conceded one goal. Who knows what would have happened if Coach Appiah had gone for the win.

    Even though Coach is under pressure he must resist playing all his cards against South Korea. Use the Korea game to further assess the non starters that did not get to play against the Dutch. Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, KPB, Dede must be rested. Muntari, Agyeman Badu, John Boye, must see some action. Essien should play 90 minutes since he has not been a consistent 90 minute player for AC Milan and Chelsea. Dauda and Adams must split the halves so they can get their feet wet before Brazil. There have been too many injuries leading up to this World Cup, precaution will be prudent.

  25. Chic says:

    This guy is a Bufoon…! Lots of poor and nonesense analyses.

    The outcomes in friendlies to me and I think Appiah are meaningless just looking at the outcome or the results. Your mistakes and vulnerabilities are what you trying to know and fix ahead of big tournaments. So, this blah blah analyses is bunch of garbage even though I agree with a few point made.

    Appiah has and been doing just the right thing in his last two inter. friendlies. The result or the outcomes are not what you’re trying to focus on. Why…? Because Appiah is not trying to get result from players he already know can deliver on the big stage. But what you do in this friendlies on the big stage is to test the nerves and potency of the new comers and how they can carry themselves on the big stage without being nervous. Ghana at this point have one of most world cup experienced players who understand the seriousness of this big tournament…so, personally I think Ghana exceeded my expectation on the game as well as gave Appiah a sense of fragility of our new defense and the lack of chemistry in the Jordan, Astu, ADormah forward could not blend with Asamoah and Essien, but not the same with the starters. That was where my big observation were…the attacking effort was poor and worthless and because everyone was avoiding mistakes and nerves got the better part of them. They get nervous and release the ball so quickly to avoid mistakes but you won’t see that in Gyan-Waris-Muntari attacking machine. They know what to do and how to handle the ball and disrupt a defensive opponent.

    So this was how smart Kwesi Appiah was tactically looking for …then you have a chance to fix those issues with the young players which also help him know his 23 man. So, this gives Appiah a chance to fix them before the big day. But if you still see this during the tournament then we can blame Appiah as not being smart as we thought. I would be afraid if we were winning all our friendlies….which mostly happens. Winning in friendlies does not translate to a big tournament. Same applied to many team who exited 1st round in 2010 and 2006. So…stop that cheap shot analyses at Akwesi Appiah. .

    • schywee says:

      I get funny sense most people do not understand the meaning of tactics in soccer.
      The is nothing tactical about checking how two players can pass the ball amongst themselves. There is nothing tactical about exposing your players so as to asess who is vunerable and who is not. Tactical play is designing a stategy of how to overcome your opponents and assembling players to execute that plan perfectly .
      And thos e talking about Appiah only having best 11 for egypt game…shame….ghana can and must be able to assemble 3 different 1st teams looking at the players we have. You show how tactical you are even with a second team.

  26. koo Emma says:

    Guys, it seems Ghanaians don’t want to hear the truth. How can u go far in a WC with only 6 defenders (if not 4 because inkoom & somaila are not wc materials)& hope to achieve something meaningful? In short, Dr. AA is not a coach & the earlier we accept that fact the better it will be for our own good. This is the year we are having quality players but thanks to the coach we will achieve nothing

  27. stlexis says:

    @ selfmade, thank you very much for yet another great comment though I though I think Nana is just trolling. Sometimes we think sit behind our laptops and write comments as if we are completely anonymous. But when such comments bring chaos and danger to human lives u shall surely be located. So my brother Nana, spare us ur threats cos people have done worse than insults and they are still breathing fresh air. Like selfmade said, a word to a wise is…………….

  28. Kweku Ananse says:

    @ The Cockerel

    I truly your recollection of the 1978 African Cup of Nations and my reference to the defense of the Black Stars at the time.

    Did you say ‘terrorized’?

    The Black Stars had conceded a goal much against the run of play and had to fight back for the equalizer through substitute Willie Klutse.
    However, the decision to play Awuley Quaye, a central defender himself, at the left back position was primarily to contain Segun Odegbami which that worked.
    So what’s your reference again Philip Omondi, the tournament golden shoe winner? The Uganda attacker was contained effectively by the ‘Barrier’ Isaac Acquaye. The Black Stars won the game 2-0.

    In a nutshell, you one could recall how one can dribble circles around the likes of Kuuku, Acquaye, Paha or Ofei Ansah.
    So this is not looking at golden years through tinted lenses.

  29. Nii-Bi says:

    @Koo Emma, can you tell me the Germans are not going to Brazil for the trophy…
    Do you knows how man strikers they are sending there…
    i want to suggest to some of you, only just come and read and leave this platform peacefully. Because some of you are just revealing how ignorant you are as far the game soccer is concern!