If you watched Ghana play under Milovan Rajevac, you were likely to draw one conclusion; this is probably the worst Ghanaian team ever assembled. If you are Ghanaian, you are likely to be one of those who spend all your energy brooding over how Ghana’s next opponent is going to tear the Black Stars apart. You are probably one of those who spend time during Black Stars games cursing the last strand of hair on the head of Rajevac and some of the players.
Maybe you are one of those people who keep rehashing these claims that Ghana can’t play, can’t push forward and can’t score. I bet you even have theories why Ghana cannot score and suggestions on how they can score. It is very likely that you, like me and many others, have picked on one player or the other and even questioned what they are doing in the team.
No one will blame you for underrating the Black Stars, but I am pretty sure if you had a chat with any of the Serbian, German, Australian and American players who featured against the Black Stars in this World Cup, they will not hesitate to let you know that the Black Stars are stronger than they appear. They will tell you that they made a mistake thinking Ghana was a push over.
And what a way to silence the critics? With the entire Africa behind them and under the watch of President John Evans Atta Mills, the Black Stars have gallantly risen to the occasion, making nonsense of the tons of criticisms people have rained on the team. Those two strikes from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan are about the best I have seen in a long time from any player in Black Stars jersey.
With this 2-1 win over the USA Ghana has not just improved on her previous World Cup appearance but has successfully kept Africa’s hopes in it’s own World Cup alive. I have seen a few great African teams in my life time. Today I saw one more. The tactical thinking and work which goes into this team a subject for another day, but today, there is little doubt that Ghana is a very well coached team.
Congratulations to Milovan and his boys. Savor your success, you deserve it.
I am not sure if the Black Stars players know the kind of wild jubilation and partying they have ignited in Ghana with this win. This is going to go down as one of the most exciting Saturdays in Ghana’s history. There is no other place to be on earth today than one of the hundreds of thousands of pubs scattered all over Ghana, from Cape Three Points to Hamile. It is like a five-star vanity fair out there!
Today people have believed … Again.
There is only one word on people’s lips…. ‘Bring on Uruguay’.