The Black Stars of Ghana took on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in their second group stages match of the Egypt 2019 African Cup of Nations, was their performance worth writing about? Yes it was.
After 90 minutes of play time, the Ghanaian side were unable to convert any of their chances into goals same as the Cameroonian side.
Some few players deserve a pat on the back for their performance.
Jonathan Mensah played an A game making the necessary tackles as and when needed.
Richard Ofori kept the post as he is supposed to making the important saves to keep Ghana from losing the one point the had from the match.
Kasim Adams had a clear chance to put Ghana in the lead at the initial stages of the game which he missed. That aside he did play some key role in the near solid defence of the Ghanaian side in the match.
Andy Yiadom kept the right back spot clean holding Oyongo and Njie at tied up most times. His near goal chance in the late minutes of the game was great but it went straight into the diving arms of Onana.
Baba Rahman played not only as a left back but mostly as a left winger. He managed to send a good cross to the feet of Jordan Ayew but wasn’t timed well by Jordan so it didn’t end up in the net.
In defence, Baba left the work for Adams most times.
Wakaso did try some long range shots but none found it’s way into the net.
The Thomas Partey that scored braces as a captain in qualifying games isn’t the same Partey at this tournament mainly because he plays right in front of the defenders.
Atsu came off quite early in the game forcing Coach Akwesi Appiah to make an early change and his successor did play well but still could have done better.
Samuel Owusu can do better with time. Jordan and Andre were nothing against the Cameroonian defenders.
These are all quite obvious from the game. Let’s look at what we learnt from the match.
The 4-2-1-2-1 formation left some key players out of the game. From the goal stopper the ball gets to Baba at the wings, this directive from the coach should have been abandoned after 2 tries ended up rolling out of play but the goal stopper kept sending the ball there. Baba was expected after getting a good run, cross the ball to Jordan for a tap-in or a header which is supposed to score. They tried that option all night and it didn’t work out but they were not ready to change the play from the air balls to down balls.
This style leaves Kwadwo Asamoah out of the attack which made him a dead weight in the game.
Adams could also lead the attack by passing to either Partey or Wakaso , any of the two could pass to Andre or Samuel which is still supposed to be sent to Jordan for a goal but most of that ended not in the net so Wakaso started hitting from afar but still nothing to show for it. This style of attack still left Asamoah out of the game and hence he was useless on the left wings in the game.
Ghana lacks some creative players like skipper Stephen Appiah to dribble and create chances, Atsu is expected to fill those boots but he likes kidding around a lot. He needs to wake up.
Maybe the formation needs to be changed but it could clearly be seen the Ghanaian players were struggling to play in their game. There can’t be more complaints since they are professional footballers and should be able to adopt after a month of pre tournament training and two friendly games.
Njie on many times was left to play his game which can be dangerous to the Ghanaian side had he thrived a little.
Basic thing is, the Ghanaian players have been given directives before the match but as players once u try something in the pitch and it doesn’t work, they are expected to play a different game. It is called adaptation but they don’t.
Asamoah being substituted was the best decision on the pitch for the Ghanaian side. But at that point , game should have switched to a 4-4-2 formation to accommodate Gyan at the front of goal but that wasn’t done. At the introduction of Gyan, the Cameroonian coach was forced to make a change to put tabs on Gyan but the Cameroonian substitute came on and gave Ghana a free kick which was wasted. With 5 mins left on the clock Adre was subbed for Kwabena to come on , Kwabena had a clear chance to put his name on the score sheet but be went for power instead of placing.
Yiadom also wasted his chance to out Ghana ahead. Partey was not thinking straight. As the game was dying out, the Ghanaian side decided to play hard instead of smart which was not the best to do at the time. The air balls are good and modern in today’s football but for the Ghanaian side, the coach needs to change his style of play. More short passes and more one touch balls when close to opposition players. With just Guinea Bissau to play, Ghana can be on their way home. Cameroon are ahead with 4 points, Ghana and Benin tie with just 2 points each and Guinea Bissau trailing behind with a point. We need to start Gyan, Kwabena Owusu, move Partey to a more offensive position, keep Baba and Asamoah in their roles. Just maybe we can get some more goals and qualify ahead of Benin should they lose to Cameroon.
As I end, I think @KSM_Kwaku_Misa spoke for Ghanaians when he tweeted “I am sorry, I don’t give a hoot about your efforts. To hell with efforts, give me results.” To the Black stars and Coach Akwesi Appiah, we know you are doing your best but we need results.
NBA Star Kobe Bryant Dead
American professional basketball player has left many people crying due to his death. The 41 year old NBA legend died in his private helicopter when it crashed with four people in Calabasas.
Kobe has been travelling with his private helicopter for years when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S_76 chopper.
He is survived by his wife Vanessa, and four daughter’s Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and their newborn Capri.
Bryant is considered as one of the best in basketball player of all time. He became a legend at Los Angeles Lakers, spending his entire 20 years career with the team and becoming a five time NBA champion
Meet The Guy Who Predicted That Kobe Bryant’s Will Die In An Helicopter Crash
I saw this tweet saying Kobe is going to die in a helicopter. People are just confuse about the tweet because they thought it was a joke.
Perhaps the person said it because he knows Kobe loves flying in his helicopter or he said it coz it was a prophecy.
Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant
By: Betty Akua Agyemang
The Richest Footballer in the World, Not Messi not Ronaldo.
We are very much too familiar with the World’s best players that football history would ever come across. And we most times would think they most obviously would be the richest. The shocking truth is that they both are not. Even when Messi and Ronaldo’s wealth are combined together, they aren’t up to this young man.
Who is this young man? Faiq Bolkiah. The 20-year-old Leicester academy midfielder is the most valued player in the world, even though he has yet to make a senior appearance for Leicester city. Otherwise known as the foxes.
The young reserve player is the nephew of the sultan of Brunei with an estimated networth of €15 billion nothing compared to Messi and Ronaldo.
Source: Opera News
REDS MARCH ON- Liverpool 5 Everton 2: Reds make it club-record 32 unbeaten in league as Marco Silva facing sack this week
THERE was no need for Jurgen Klopp to sprint across the Anfield turf on this occasion.
In fact, he barely broke a sweat as his rampant Liverpool side continued their emphatic march to expectant Premier League glory.
And on this occasion, in their quest for a first title in 30 years, it proved a hugely significant result.
This time last year, Liverpool were nicking a late win against Everton after Jordan Pickford’s howler handed Divock Origi the easiest of winners.
It was a result that clawed them back to within two points of champions-to-be Manchester City – one which saw Klopp surge onto the pitch in typical Klopp-fashion.
Fast forward 12 months and Origi was the Merseyside hero once more with a sublime first-half double worthy of winning titles all on their own.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane also scored before half-time before Gini Wijnaldum bagged as the clock hit 90 to see off their struggling neighbours.
And this time, it was a victory that saw the Reds maintain an 11-point gap on Pep Guardiola’s City.
The hunters are now the hunted. The chasers are now the chased – setting standards that not even Guardiola can match right now.
Forty points from 14 games. Fifteen consecutive home league wins. A club-record 32 league games unbeaten.
If they were to be caught after bridging such an impressive gap, it would surpass any Premier League meltdown since its inception in 1992.
Of course, Klopp’s record-breaking 100th league win in 159 games was not as comfortable as he would have liked, as goals from Michael Keane and Richarlison before the break gave the Toffees hope.
It’s now 13 games in all competitions without a clean sheet for Liverpool, something that will concern Klopp as they head into their global fixture pile-up.
It’s a pile-up that saw Klopp make a surprising five changes to his starting line-up, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson dropped to the bench.
But he need not have worried, heading into the 234th Merseyside derby with the biggest points gap between the two sides in 125 years of the fixture.
Everton even began the night in the bottom three.
And it showed – an under-pressure and axe-fearing Marco Silva could do nothing but admire as his struggling Everton side bowed once more to their superior Merseyside rivals.
Liverpool’s attacking threat – spearheaded by a man in Mane who looks to have wrestled the Anfield crown from Salah and Firmino in recent months – was unstoppable from the opening seconds.
And six minutes in, Mane and Origi combined to leave Everton’s defenders helpless and stunned.
With what looked like no angle to pass, Mane created one of his own with an inch-perfect ball that wiped out two defenders, allowing Origi to round Pickford and find an empty net.
And ten minutes later, the contest looked to be over with a quick-fire second, Everton without a win against Liverpool after going behind home or away since the Second World War.
Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a magnificent diagonal ball to unleash Mane, who then cut inside before giving a no-look reverse pass for Shaqiri to finish after beating the offside trap.
For all their dominance up front, there remains an openness to Liverpool currently, one which Everton took advantage of to get back into the game.
A neat corner routine saw Alex Iwobi find Keane at the near post, who manoeuvred several bobbles to fire his effort into the roof of Adrian’s net.
This sparked Everton’s best spell of the game, one which could have seen them awarded a 25th minute penalty had VAR deemed Virgil Van Dijk’s shove on Richarlison a foul.
Alexander-Arnold was then lucky to avoid red after leaving studs on the ankle of Lucas Digne.
But in a flash, Liverpool responded in the only way they know how.
With 31 minutes on the clock, Dejan Lovren went long from the back as Origi evaded Everton’s centre backs before the deftest of touches teed up a delightful lob over the oncoming Pickford.
And 14 minutes later Mane deservedly got on the scoresheet after a supersonic counter attack by Alexander-Arnold gave him the space and time to curl his effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.
That’s now 13 goals for the Senegalese sensation – the same amount as Salah and Firmino combined.
For their consistency in attack there remained some worrying consistency at the back – Richarlison finding space in the box on the brink of half-time to head past Adrian.
Thankfully for Klopp, the second half was a more controlled affair after a six-goal thriller of a first half.
Mane had chances to make it even more comfortable but could not find the net.
Eventually, Liverpool saw out and passed yet another test of their title credentials when Wijnaldum found the back of the net following good work from sub Firmino down the left.
But unlike last season, Klopp did not need to end this Merseyside derby with a pitch invasion.
He will save that for May, with what should be a Premier League medal around his neck.