Black Stars must focus to avoid Niger upset - Badu

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was superb against Mali on Thursday

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana’s exciting midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu says they will keep their focus to ensure they beat Niger and avoid an embarrassing upset.

The Black Stars have jumped to the summit of group B after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mali on Thursday at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Espanyol ace Mubarak Wakaso scored from the spot-kick in the 38th minute after the lively Agyemang-Badu was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by defender Adama Tamboura.

Although the result is regarded as a formality to some, the Udinese star wants his colleagues to keep their minds on the task at hand and secure an expected win over the Menas on Monday.

“We are done with Mali and therefore the concentration should be on Niger,” Badu said

“Our focus is on the game against Niger and we’ll see what will happen.”

Badu was voted the man of the match for the second time running after another standout performance against the Eagles.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. CEREBRAL says:

    Badu, good point. Keep up the good work!!!

  2. KWAME PITO says:

    lets do some Maths: If God forbid and we strangely loose to niger, and mali play a draw with DRC,
    Ghana remain with 4pts
    Niger will get 4pts
    Mali will get 4pts
    DRC will get 3pts.
    Then 3 teams with 4pts each? now head to head rule comes in and lonnnnggg bullcrap.

    SO A.A OVER TO YOU. TAKE THE NIGER GAME SERIOUS. AT LEAST GET A DRAW.

  3. African Consciousness says:

    Ghana can beat Niger as long as the Coach does not employ players out of position. Full backs must be allowed to be full backs. Midfielders should be used in the midfield and forwards used in their position. A lot of the starters are picking up injuries early in the tournament so the Coach must take this into consideration.There are some players that have hearts of Lions but are playing the mouse in such a big tournament and the Coach has to inspire confidence in them.

    The Coach must use a very defensive minded line up against Niger because all the Black Stars need is a tie to move on. Dauda took some knocks and it is time to unveil Adam in this tournament. After all the South African women are salivating to see him on the pitch. Coach do not disappoint them. With Gyan and Annan both still on the side lines it is time to revise my suggested starting 11. This is meant to give the Coach some ideas if they ever read these sites. If I were a Coach for Ghana I would never read this site too much insult and abuse.

    1. Adam
    2. Akaminko
    3. Kissi Boateng
    4. Jonathan Mensah
    5. Vorsah
    6. Derek
    7. Rabiu Mohammed
    8. Solomon Asante
    9. Clottey
    10. Atsu
    11. Kwadwo Asamoah

    This line up looks very fresh and it has a combination of outer and inner strength to get the job done. If I were the Coach I will have no fear in using such a line up against Niger. This will encourage your bench and give them the needed confidence and courage going into the next round of the tournament. The formation will still be a 4-2-3-1 with Clottey up top. K Asamoah and Solomon Asante on the wings. Atsu in between the wings. Rabiu and Derek in the defensive midfield. Adam in goal, Akaminko on the right full, Kissi Boateng on the left full, Vorsah and Jonathan Mensah in the central defense. I would instruct the players to be very controlled and defensive minded. Move the ball around with one-two touches with lots of motion/movement, play the ball on the grass and make Niger chase the ball. Limit the long ball unless there is a big gap behind the defensive lines then unleash the speed of Clottey and Solomon Asante with an occasional long ball. Every player should sprint back into defensive positions once the ball is lost to help recover. Move up as a unit and return to defend as a unit, always maintaining the formation of the team.

    Congratulations to the Coach I saw a lot of improvement between the first and the second games. Black Star fans must stop insulting and criticizing the home grown Coaching and Technical Staff. They are doing an excellent job. They are making the necessary adjustments that could help win the tournament.

    My final suggestion is that discipline is not just about cutting a player who does not show up on time. It is also about teaching the players respect for the country they represent by not showing their underwear or sagging their shorts (remarkable improvement in this area). It is also about respecting the rules of the game. Wakaso has learned a vital lesson. You do not advertise your religious beliefs with a hidden shirt. His indiscipline in this area will cost the team. Allah knows what is in your heart. You are showing that Allah is great by how you play the game, the courage you exhibit on the field not by breaking the rules and hurting your team. Same goes for players who are reckless in their tackling or accumulate unnecessary yellow or red cards.

    Black Stars must play tough but also display excellent sportsmanship every yellow or red card hurts the team and must be avoided at all cost if we are to win this tournament. To win the tournament it is more than having great skill on the soccer field. It is also about being a good team-mate, it is about respecting your Coach and Technical Staff, it is about being a player of good character, a true Ghanaian. Focus on the job at hand, win the cup. Long live Ghana and go Black Stars.

  4. killer says:

    It’s true,football nowadays is full of surprises and you can’t underestimate any country, So stars have to go in with determination