To overcome the barriers presented by many injuries, seeming confusion in player selection and apparent lack of interest from some senior players and yet qualify for the quarter finals of the Nations Cup is a testimony of the resilience of the present crop of Black Stars players.
By playing in the quarter finals, the Black Stars have shaken of the ghost of Egypt 2006, where under similar circumstances Ghana was kicked out of the competition at the first round.
Some argue that had Togo not withdrawn from Angola 2010, Ghana would probably be out of the competition. But this is just a fallacious argument which flies in the face of good reason. What matters is how Ghana braces itself to overcome the Angolan threat.
Speaking of which, one can safely argue that the Black Stars should have confidence going into this game. On Nov. 18, 2009, with a second string side, Ghana held the Palancas Negras in to a goalless draw in Luanda. This time, some of our senior players are back.
Kingston; Inkoom, Addy, Vorsah, Adu Sarpei; Dramani, Agyemang Badu, K.Asamoah, A.Ayew; Opoku Agyemang and Asamoah Gyan will all be in action. If the Black Stars play above themselves, there is no reason why Angola should stop Ghana.
I hold the Angolan wingers as the main threat. Their ability to deliver accurate crosses will be a major headache throughout this game, but I trust the ever calculating Vorsah and Addy to cut the supply of crosses to the Angolan forwards who are experts at scoring with their heads. I also expect the two Asamoahs to turn on their A game today. that should be enough trouble for the Angolan defence. The Angolan goal keeper is their weakest link. If the Black Star pour torrents of shots on him, he will crumble.
All said and done, victory MUST belong to Ghana.