When David Duncan says ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Qualifier with Sudan at Accra on Saturday, 26th March 2011 that: “My boys are ready and I know they will rise up to the occasion. They know this is a perfect and fine opportunity for them to establish themselves.”
Duncan was speaking the mind of some of his players. Striker Samuel Affum for instance confirmed Duncan’s beliefs when he told the Ghana News Agency that: “This is the best chance for me to prove to all that I’m a good player. This is a major opportunity and I would make the best of it.”
This is the sort of attitude which will seal Ghana’s win on Saturday. Even though some have questioned why Duncan did not take advantage of the International break to invite the foreign based players [like Ishmael, Enoch Kofi Adu, Mohammed Abu, Abeiku Quansah, Rabiu Mohammed, Jordan Ayew, Afriyie Acquah, William Owusu Acheampong and Michael Tawiah] who will not be on national or club engagements on the match day, Duncan has opted for the more practical approach of building on what is available.
“It is important to build a team with materials that can always be available especially when this competition does not fall within those FIFA mandates the clubs to release players for national duty. Besides, if we like the quality we see in this build up, then reputation won’t matter. It will be down to what we see. In any case some of these players being touted around have dipped in form and their current status is unknown by many. It is better not to focus on something you cannot insist on. I’m hoping to build a solid team and if any player fits into my scheme of things, why not.”
This approach should work for the former AshantiGold SC manager. Afterall, the majority of the best of players in Ghana today are all eligible to play for the Meteors. Ghana should therefore go pass Sudan with little difficulty. Sure, Sudan might ask a few questions; they will expose a number of Ghana’s weakness and even go on to exploit them, but, this game should not be too hard for Ghana.