CHAN: Time to replace the Leopard’s spots with beautiful black stars

Yaw AntwiCan the leopard change its spots? No? Just wait till Sunday and watch as Ghana white-washes the Leopards of D.R. Congo and replaces its spots with beautiful black stars.


Ghana is on its way to an undefeated year. No amount of threat from any country will stop this agenda. Some may give little respect to the technical abilities of Milovan Rajevac and his players (I have for instance repeatedly questioned his appreciation of the task and I will be asking many more). Others have rubbished the quality of the opposition Ghana has faced this year, including the CHAN competition. In reality however, how many true Ghanaian football fans will scoff at the slightest opportunity to win some silverware?


On Sunday March 8th  Ghana is going to win its second international silverware in 2008. After Sellas Tetteh’s Black Satellites dominated African youth football, the mantle has fallen on Milovan Rajevac’s shoulder to continue the winning ways for Ghana, by dominating Africa’s domestic international football. Milovan Rajevac has only one option – success. We refuse to play second fiddle to any country on the continent this year. In this year, the name Ghana must send chills down the spine of all national team coaches – especially, the Squirrels of Benin, the Eagles of Mali and the Desert Hawks of Sudan.


After suffering a painful 3-0 flogging from Ghana, the Leopards of D.R. Congo doesn’t seem to have had enough. They have managed to struggle past Zambia to book a place with Ghana again in the finals. I hope no one shows any sympathy for them when they are whipped to death this time round. The old adage says: ‘the child who wants to see red is given a used tampon.’.


The stage is set for Ghana to prove that their 3-0 win over D.R. Congo was no fluke. Daggers have been drawn and I trust Ghana will go out with guns blazing to make D.R. Congo suffer  on Sunday in the finals of the CHAN competition. This time around, the spoils go beyond three useless points. After their noses are bloodies and their spots replaced with beautiful-looking black stars, the Leopards will watch with pain, as Ghana’s captain, Edmund Owusu-Ansah lifts and fondles the virgin CHAN cup with all the swagger he can muster.


Ghana may not be playing near full capacity yet, but the players have amply demonstrated their ability to face any challenge in spite of their technical weaknesses. This is what assures me that Ghana will fight tooth and nail to win the CHAN cup. In deed at times, Ghana’s CHAN team look technically bankrupt and appear to barely hanging on for survival rather than commanding the game. If there is anything going for Ghana, it must be a certain never-say-die attitude of the team, which could serve them well in Sunday’s finals. On a number of occasions in the CHAN tourney and even in the qualifications, the local Black Stars have had to stage a comeback after conceding a goal or two, to at least pick a draw or even win matches. It takes strong self-belief and resilience to stage such comebacks and I trust that Team-Ghana’s mental toughness will not fade when it matters most on Sunday.


A Personal Message To Team Ghana

Good luck to you boys. I have a small cup-winning tip for you: admire the cup, make sure the cup appears in your dreams. Spend your spare times, planning how you will celebrate the winning goals; how you will lift the cup when it is handed to you; how you will do the winning lap; how you will walk-shoulder high at the airport when the chanting fans sing your names…. The rest will follow as a matter of course

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