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Mar
09

CHAN: Senegal must be grilled today


chan-aSo far, Ghana has managed a respectable showing in the CHAN competition. Although Ghana started on a rather shaky note, there are indications that they are about the most formidable team in the competition this far and likely to lift the CHAN trophy. Milovan Rajevac and his charges are gradually doing the job. Forget about the shaky start, the end must necessarily determine the means and with two more games, Milovan may probably prove his critics wrong.

Before that however, Ghana must overcome the Senegalese semi-final challenge. When I look at Senegal in the CHAN competition so far, I am tempted to believe that this may be Ghana’s easiest game in the competition. The Senegalese team is not well-knit and appears to have problems finding the net. In three CHAN games so far, they have scored only one goal, courtesy Baila Troure. Thy appear unaggressive and unmotivated. Ghana, having found new energy after demolishing D.R. Congo, MUST and looks ready to take advantage of these weaknesses in the Senegalese set up.

Don’t be fooled by the glaring weakness of the opposition though. The records show that they are the best defensive team in the competition. Three clean sheets after three undefeated games speak volumes of their defensive set-up. How Ghana plans to go round this tight defense is up to Milovan Rajevac who has been accused of being too defensive-minded.

This semi-final match, being a must-win game will be a good test for Milovan to show his critics his offensive side. Really, if he decides to go gung-ho on Senegal, I am convinced Milovan has enough material for fall on. Ghana’s scoring options are wide and a they span from central midfield, through the wings to center-forward. This is why I believe Senegal’s bottom-tight defense can be inflated today.

Lead striker Yaw Antwi may have struggled in the competition so far, but he has proven that he has the capacity to step-up when it matters. Attacking midfielders Rahim Ayew and Charles Taylor have clearly distinguished themselves as capable of supporting Yaw Antwi. On the bench, one of Ghana’s leading strikers Stephen Manu awaits his opportunity to show his abilities. In their elements, Ghana’s lateral defenders, especially Samuel Inkoom, are ‘beasts’ who terrororize the wings and create important goals. When all these options are well balanced, Senegal will fall.

Ghana MUST win the CHAN. We will not accept anything less. This year, Ghana is not losing any game.

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