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Portugal are not that special - Cameroon assistant coach Ibrahim Tanko asserts after friendly thrashing

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace against Cameroon

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace against Cameroon

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Assistant coach of Cameroon Ibrahim Tanko insists Portugal are not an exceptional side despite the 5-1 thrashing suffered in an international friendly on Wednesday.

The game played in the Portuguese city of Leiria saw Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace to become the all-time top scorer for the Selecao.

The 5-1 thrashing handed Cameroon has ignited fear amongst many Ghanaians as the Black Stars will be facing Portugal at the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

But the Ghanaian assistant coach of the Indomitable Lions Ibrahim Tanko says the flattering scoreline against his side was not the true reflection of the game.

“When you hear 5-1, instinctively some fears will be ignited but we had ourselves to blame for losing our concentration,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“We held our own against the Portuguese team until the 66th minute when our defender gifted the ball to a Portuguese player to make it 2-1 and from there onwards we lost our confidence and concentration.

“It is not as if the Portugal team is exceptional. They have built the team around Cristiano Ronaldo who everyone know is a great player.

“The team plays a counter-attacking style of football where almost all the players get into their own half when they lose the ball and then always trying to find Ronaldo on a quick break when they regain possession.”

Ghana will be facing Portugal in the final Group G game at the World Cup in Brazil and Tanko has warned the Black Stars to maintain a strong mentality and concentration when they come up against the Cristiano Ronaldo inspired side.

“I have told you earlier that the Portuguese team is not exceptional and I am sure their coach knows it,” he added.

“They play for one man – Cristiano Ronaldo and we played against them very well until early in the second half when we made a mistake.

“The problem usually with teams from Africa when playing these sides is they lack a strong mentality and also failure to keep a high concentration throughout the match.

Therefore if Ghana is able to do this, I am sure they can beat Portugal at the World Cup.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Joe Lartey says:

    That’s the most truthful statement I’ve read on this site. It’s all about working hard and having a strong mentality. We have the athletism but we need to stay concentrated.

    • Thegreatest says:

      Ghanaman and mouth mouth. His team scored 5 goals to 1 agaianst your team and you describe them unexceptional. Then what is your team?

      • Stranger Danger says:

        I Tanko for remindering African players that the winner in football is the one who wants it the most. In fact, it is the illegitimate theory of the world; the one that wants it the most is the one that will get it. Keep your determination and control Black Stars. Rankings means nothing when facing a determined side.

      • anokwale says:

        It is all about playing with confidence. This is where the veterans will come in. Muntari, Gyan, Kasa, Essien need to really rally the team no matter what happens. That is the key to this upcoming WC. There will be ups and downs but we need to have the mentality to win.

  2. A concerned citizen says:

    Ibrahin Tanko can you shut up and leave us alone?

  3. real sabacious says:

    Ibrahim Tanko!u have my respect for such intelligent analysis,does exactly what I noticed in the playoff (sweden vs Portugal)As soon as they have possession,Ronaldo will takeo off and a long through pass will be given to him.I wonder who gonna mark Ronaldo cos all our right full backs are crap!Opare did a good job on him Ronaldo when Liege played Madrid in a friendly 2010 but dude has been disappointing lately.No wonder he was always on the bench in Liege UEFA league.Inkoom is another bomb! Waiting to explore!I’m not surprised Akwasi Appiah is confused and clueless and the WC approaches

  4. pota circle 150 chairman in Holland says:

    Thank u very much Ibrahim Tanko,u are right on all that u said cos i watched their match too and that is exactly wat ghana defenders also lack .concentration and communication so over to u coach Akwasi Appiah.

  5. texas says:

    @ Real Sabacious…so what solution do you propose for the issues you have correctly pointed out in the Black Stars set up? For we can’t continue to criticize and point fingers but yet we offer no solutions.

  6. b_real says:

    The solution is for Ghana to find a good tactician like Topp Mueller or somebody good that we know (not Milo) to help Akwasi Appiah. I strongly suggest that Akwasi Appiah should be booted out right after the world cup. He aint shit !!!

  7. Adebayo says:

    An intelligent coach with a bright future! Can our defenders be trusted to keep their concentration for 90+ minutes? Opare has the tendency of overconfidence!

  8. Zambia Soccerman says:

    Fuck all you Kumasi bitches. If it were not for that stupid Osama bin laden referee then we would have beaten you clowns in Kumasi that day. We ain’t no Egypt fuckers. Mayuka should have had 2 penalties but you fools bribed the ref not to call legit penalty. So shut the fuck up, you ain’t better than us.

    • Col says:

      @zombie sucker man , am right here living in Ndola and working in a bank here, you people sucks in English thus why I was employed. Go fucking tell your president to bring in more educated and qualified English teachers and stop chasing Ghanaians on their websites. Dickhead !!. Lastly tell your damm president to stop selling Zambia to Chinese people, how can Chinese nationals sell common chicken in the market with the poor local ones?. Every where u go in Zambia is full of Chinese and sorry to say they are fucking all your university graduates. Go and advice your stupid government because if not that by the time u realized, u won’t get a woman to marry. Asshole

  9. Zambia Soccerman says:

    The way you treated our players, we shall see come 2019 when Zambia hosts. You know we gona host it bitches.

    • tbdarko says:

      Tweaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….Since when did Zambia become a power house soccer team? Is Ghana your co-equal? …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Let me know when u find the answer. U guys won 1 nation cup and all of a sudden u have mouth. I beg when we are talking of soccer I dn’t want to hear anything about Zambia because u guys are no where near the top, NONSENSE. U have failed multiple times to qualify for world cup so stop blaming the ref, ABOAAAAA!

  10. Obuasi-Love says:

    A team that has defeated you 5-1 is not a that special,you want them to beat you 10 nil before you realize that they are special..No wonder Ibrahim Tanko is also Ghanian,,,,If Ghanians do not work hard and take Ibrahim Tanko serious,,,then Ghana will be in Big trouble,,,we should forget Ibrahim Tanko and work seriously …….

  11. Col says:

    @zombie sucker man , am right here living in Ndola and working in a bank here, you people sucks in English thus why I was employed. Go fucking tell your president to bring in more educated and qualified English teachers and stop chasing Ghanaians on their websites. Dickhead !!. Lastly tell your damm president to stop selling Zambia to Chinese people, how can Chinese nationals sell common chicken in the market with the poor local ones?. Every where u go in Zambia is full of Chinese and sorry to say they are fucking all your university graduates. Go and advice your stupid government because if not that by the time u realized, u won’t get a woman to marry. Asshole

    • Zambia Soccerman says:

      Bitch please, the fuck out of my country. We are tired of illegal immigrants like you pulling 419s frauds in Zambia. As a matter of fact you ain’t in Zambia, bitch ass nigga. If you are, what Zambian bank would employ a lunatic like you motherfucker.

    • Zambia Soccerman says:

      Hahaha, the reason why our women are fucking Chinese people is because niggaz like you are gay and are busy fucking fellow men. So quit being a gay nigga that you are and start fucking women, then you won’t be bitching to me about Chinese fucking Zambin women.

  12. ZG GH4LIFE says:

    This score line is good for Ghana, this will wake us up, we are dangerous when we are aware of the threat, so Portugal dont be smiling too much

  13. newcoach speaks listen says:

    The solution master says no offside traps when playing Portugal. The two defense which we used to call number 5 and 4 should stay behind all the time even as the team is pushing forward.

    Muntari or Essien should stay in the middle to protect them all the time. I guess my selection should be;

    ………………keeper…………….

    ………….#4 and #5…………..

    Opare……………essien………..kasa…

    ……..A.Bedu………………Muntari……

    ……………….KPB…………………

    ……………GYAN…….A.AYEW………

    This should be our best team to face USA and Portugal, unless there is an injury, where KASA could be move for natural left back to take his place. Which means KASA can come to the middle.

  14. boro says:

    Apart from quick counter attack due to the fact that Ronaldo is a speedster, skillful and athletic he can give good peripheral passes as well. To mark such a player our defenders and midfielders should be able to keep their eyes on him throughout the game (100% concentration), try to get the ball from him before he gets it (cutting the supply from him) even if playing it out is the only sensible option, never leave him one on one with a defender or a goalkeeper at least two defenders on him when he has the ball so that should he run past one the other will be there to clear the ball or take it from him in order not to get clear to shoot and also watching any possible peripheral pass he can give, as an expert of free kick taking we should not give him any free kick at any threatening positions ( we can know this by watching his tapes) and avoid fouls on those areas by keeping him out in those areas, he always like cutting in when operating from the right therefore you put a nimble footed or left footed lateral defender on the right full back, AA must constantly be on his toes at the touchline issuing instructions to make sure his players execute his game plan to perfection as well as showing 100% concentration till the last whistle. In fact any mistake he sees he should be bold to point it out and rebuke immediately. I do not expect him to go and just sit down because soccer coaching is not for dumbest. Last but not the least Ghanaians on that day should pray so that he (Ronaldo) does not have his day (Have a bad day).

  15. Benny says:

    AA cannot give a quarter of this analysis.A student coach.

  16. real sabacious says:

    @ texas did you just came from your grave or what?I have been saying it here many times that the weakest department in the stars set up is the left and right full back,and the best solution to solve the problem is playing Akaminko and wakaso on the right and left full back respectfully but this visionless coach will never consider that.I keep on say opare,Afful and Inkoom are all bombs!!and Ghanaians will see this when the wc tourny begins.

  17. lol says:

    So many excuses from African sides. Yeah the fourth best team in the world that only lost to Spain by penalties is not great lol.