Montenegro vs. Ghana: Ten things we learned from the Black Stars defeat

Ghana vrs Montenegro last Wednesday in Podgorica.

Ghana vrs Montenegro last Wednesday in Podgorica.

By Rahman Osman

Ghana’s defeat to Montenegro raised questions about the credentials of the Black Stars for the 2014 World Cup finals.

With just 96 days to the tournament, coach Kwesi Appiah must to solve some of the core issues.

Here are GHANASoccernet.com’s observations from Wednesday’s pre-World Cup friendly.

1.   Adam Kwarasey can be No.1:

The Stromgodset number one did his case to usurp Fatau Dauda a lot good with some two top class saves in the first half to keep Ghana in the game.

Kwarasey pulled of two world class saves in the space of ten minutes to ensure Ghana did not concede more goals.

His calmness and distribution throughout the game were splendid and reminiscent of when he first burst into the seen.

2.David Addy, Mubarak Wakaso and Jordan Ayew must improve:

David Addy had a game to forget. It could go down as one of his disappointing games for the Black Stars.  He caused the penalty.

Wakaso lost the ball many times than any other player. If he makes it to Brazil, then it would be for his sterling contribution in the 2013 AFCON but not on merit.

Jordan Ayew again flattered to deceive. There was a lot of running but non-productive outcome.

The potential is there but it’s beginning to look like this world cup would come a bit too early for him to reach his full potential.

To be fair on him the balls did not come but one shot on target in 45 minute is not good enough for a player fighting for ticket to the world cup.

3. Daniel Opare is Ghana’s best left back: 

Opare never stops running and is always available to cover up for players who have gone up field for set pieces.

The Standard Liege man has the eyes for a good tackles.

He played well at right back in the first half and switched to left back when Inkoom came in and didn’t disappoint.

4.Essien still very relevant to the Black Stars.

Ghana will need to summon all her best and experienced players if we are to make it out of the supposed group of death and Micheal Essien showed that against Montenegro.

The AC Milan man was not at physical but was very impulsive and spread the ball well across the length and breadth of the field.

5.Kevin-Prince Boateng is Ghana’s livewire

The Schalke icon spent 30 minutes on field and had shots on target than any other Ghanaian player.

He quickly tested the Montenegro goalkeeper with some intelligent shots and was the most likely to score in white.

6. Majeed Waris has good work rate but is less effective outside the 18 yard box: 

The in-form Ghanaian forward failed to score in his tenth appearance but continued to work his socks off.

He did not manage to get a shot in from outside the 18 yard box.

Waris will have to start improvising from time to time that could bring another dimension into his game and catch opponents out of Gard.

7. Midfielders will have to create more goal scoring chances:

The midfield and the strike force were virtually disjointed in the first half leaving both Waris and Jordan to feed on scraps.

The second half was better but more can be done. Sulley Muntari showed qualities and set up Kelvin Prince Boateng and Gyan.

8.John Boye and Akaminko show promise: 

The partnership between John Boye and Jerry Akaminko was once again on exhibition. For Akaminko it has been a stellar season at club level and that was very evident in the game against Montenegro but he will need to keep his calm and attitude in check after a brawl late on in the game.

Boye is coming back from a long injury lay off but didn’t show sign of any rustiness.

9. Goalkeeper Stephen Adams will struggle to get a look:

The Adauna Stars shot stopper was supposed to get some playing time after the snubbing of Fatau Dauda but that did not happen. I doubt when next an opportunity like this will avail itself with just two goalkeepers in the squad.

He might be in the team but getting game time will be more difficult after failing to nail some game time against Montenegro.

10. Tactical improvement:

The Black Stars struggled a little bit in the first and with the right tactical approach, we should get things right. Head coach Kwesi Appiah must come in sharper with his game plan to kill off opponents.

 

What did you also observe from Wednesday’s pre-World Cup friendly? Do you believe the Black Stars are ready for the World Cup? Did the Black Stars convince? Let’s hear from you in our comments box below. 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Adebayo says:

    Ghana needs a real defensive midfielder to protect the defense! Michael Essien can no longer be relied on for this job which requires speed and strength. If it comes to the worst, Jerry Akaminko should be tried in that role. He has a good vision, intercepts passes and I have seen him pass well at club level. Another option is Edwin Gyimah who is not fully recovered yet, and of course Rabiu!

  2. Nigga says:

    Honestly saying,I don’t see the black-stars(pig) getting out from that overwhelming group,I think ghana should forget about the world cup nd focus for tha maroc afcon by 2015..

  3. Black Star says:

    I enjoyed reading this article and the writer made some good points. The midfield in the first half didnt create any chances for the strikers until the second half. I wonder if Essien can partner with Boye as a CB and have K. Asamoah, Muntari, K. Boateng, and A. Ayew in midfield. Waris and Gyan up top.

  4. Ansah says:

    Not bad article but I think there is some contridiction…you say jordan ayew did alot of running but non productive outcome but then go on to say the midfield left jordan and waris feeding off scraps , so whos to blame for jordans average perfomance ? Personally I think he should go world cup but just needs a little confidence boost….and to say addy had a game to forget and must improve just because of a penalty he caused is harsh, he showed his quality during the the rest of the half and managed to get back on track (lets also not forget the fact that hes put in excellent displays against top teams such as Porto benfica and lyon in the europa and domestic league)

  5. Mudansir Zakaria says:

    I think rabiu has to take a place of essien cause we all see that guy performence in past afcon and the qualifications

  6. Jaja says:

    I concur with Ansah. Addy caused the penalty because the defensive midfielders were sleeping! Check the match again and see how he was facing two strikers by himself. One in front of him, one in the back while holding midfielders were miles away!

  7. Mannie says:

    Why so much hate foe J. ayew?? Why single him out? He was very active and with good support from midfield in providing good passes to him, i believe he would have scored..

    Also, i think most players on the team did not take game seriously..

    The cosch nneds to be fired if he cannot enforce proper authority and urgency in a game

  8. Nii Kwatei says:

    If Opare is our best LEFT-BACK, who is our best RIGHT-BACK? It’s not Nkoom, that’s for sure. Opare should stay at the right!

  9. Prince says:

    I have watched essien play of late. He is has become very immobile can give good passes and luck the strength to shield our defense. I think we should deploy him in the central back. Rabiu recovering can be a great boost to ghana. Overall we have a very good pool of talent and the world should watch out for us. Kwarasey should be our number one goalie unless we bringing Kingston back. Olele to me has proved that we can depend on him in tournaments regardless of his performance At club. He did it in 2006 , can 2008, World Cup 2010. I will like if AA can try him in one of the friendlies to see if he still has something in him. An invitation to john
    Mensah will not be a bad idea too

  10. Prince San Diego says:

    I have watched essien play of late. He is has become very immobile can give good passes and luck the strength to shield our defense. I think we should deploy him in the central back. Rabiu recovering can be a great boost to ghana. Overall we have a very good pool of talent and the world should watch out for us. Kwarasey should be our number one goalie unless we bringing Kingston back. Olele to me has proved that we can depend on him in tournaments regardless of his performance At club. He did it in 2006 , can 2008, World Cup 2010. I will like if AA can try him in one of the friendlies to see if he still has something in him. An invitation to john
    Mensah will not be a bad idea too

  11. Godknows says:

    Look if this is how Ghana is going to play at the World cup,then we got no chance of qualifying out of the group.But i also think the match was bought.
    How can a whole KPB get the ball at the centre and smash it back to the defender?Also,considering Atsu and Asamoahs performance,i think they didn’t put enough effort into the game.
    Nevertheless the tactics of Kwesi Appiah in that particular game also shows clearly.How can you play two left-footed players at the midfield and expect an excellent display of passes?(talking about muntari and k.asamoh)
    For example,ghana and saudi arabia played a friendly match before the 2008 african cup.saudi arabia amazingly gave ghana a good thrashing by 5 goals to nil.By then,everyone thought ghana was gonna perform poorly at the african cup but they proved everyone wrong.
    Another example…ghana played another friendly match against holland(which ghana didn’t use all their key players but holland did) and ghana lost by 4 goals to 1.also,they played another with latvia and won by 1 goal to nil(with some individual brilliance by Quincy owusu-abeyie of pananthaniakos.
    But when was the last time Ghana played well in a friendly?(apart from the one against England which both sides needed to prove themselves)
    But all the same,this clearly shows that coach kwesi Appiah knows what he’s doing…taking the ghana versus egypt game into consideration

  12. Godknows says:

    Look if this is how Ghana is going to play at the World cup,then we got no chance of qualifying out of the group.But i also think the match was bought.
    How can a whole KPB get the ball at the centre and smash it back to the defender?Also,considering Atsu and Asamoahs performance,i think they didn’t put enough effort into the game.
    Nevertheless the tactics of Kwesi Appiah in that particular game also shows clearly.How can you play two left-footed players at the midfield and expect an excellent display of passes?(talking about muntari and k.asamoh)
    For example,ghana and saudi arabia played a friendly match before the 2008 african cup.saudi arabia amazingly gave ghana a good thrashing by 5 goals to nil.By then,everyone thought ghana was gonna perform poorly at the african cup but they proved everyone wrong.
    Another example…ghana played another friendly match against holland(which ghana didn’t use all their key players but holland did) and ghana lost by 4 goals to 1.also,they played another with latvia and won by 1 goal to nil(with some individual brilliance by Quincy owusu-abeyie of pananthaniakos.
    But when was the last time Ghana played well in a friendly?(apart from the one against England which both sides needed to prove themselves)
    But all the same,this clearly shows that coach kwesi Appiah knows what he’s doing…taking the ghana versus egypt game into consideration