Here is my take on how the Black Stars players performed against Nigeria earlier today [October, 11, 2011]
GORAN STEVANOVIC: England, South Korea, Brazil and now Nigeria; he is yet to beat any half-decent opposition as Ghana coach.
ADAM KWARASEY: Was called out of his virtual holidays a couple of times, and he proved up to the task.
ISAAC VORSAH: Solid as ever in central defense. I shudder to think how sorely he will be missed when he is not available to play for Ghana.
JOHN MENSAH: He had an impressive game. He came to Ghana’s rescue more than once with world-class tackling and clearances.
MASAHUDU ALHASSAN: The young Left Back showed glimpses of the potential in him. His inexperience was obvious, and the Nigerians wanted to have a piece of him, but he held his head up. He is a delight to watch.
JOHN PAINTSIL: I was impressed with Paintsil today. He combined defence and attack so beautifully.
ANTHONY ANNAN: He had an excellent game, forcing the Nigerians to initiate their attacks on the wings. However, at some point towards the end of the first half, I thought he failed to combine well with Abu Mohammed. As a result, the Nigerians found themselves with enough space in the attacking third.
MOHAMMED ABU: He had an average game; far below expectation. To me, he did not tackle well, nor pass the ball effectively. In the Black Stars midfield, we are spoiled for choices. A debutant ought to overly impress in this position to earn extra call ups and Abu was too average to deserves the coach’s a second thought.
KWADWO ASAMOAH: He put up the usual lackluster performance, slowing down Ghana’s attack and creating none. On a few occasions, he managed to track back to win balls, but on the whole, he was poor.
QUINCY OWUSU-ABEYIE: He also had his usual flash-in-the-pan day. For brief moments he will show up, pull up a few good moves and then vanish. Some people say, he is often misunderstood by his playmates.
ALBERT ADOMAH: From the blast of the whistle, he seemed like he was going to carry the whole team on his shoulders. Half way through the game, he was nowhere to be found. When he showed up though, he managed to combine well with John Paintsil and Kwadow Asamoah. He also put up a couple of decent crosses.
PRINCE TAGOE: Another disgraceful performance from the much-hyped ‘Prince of Goals’. Tagoe managed only one shot on goal. His best connection with the several midfielders behind him was a wayward header. He was way too slow on the day.
ASAMOAH GYAN: He seemed useful on the right flank especially, where he delivered a few good balls which could have resulted in goals if they had gone to the right person.
DOMINIC ADIYIAH: He made a couple of dashing moves. On one such occasion he made a nice dribbling move. When in the 18-yard box, his sense of judgement was always questionable. The only opportunity he had to make a difference was shot wide.
ALI SULLEY MUNTARI: He had a stroll-in-the-park game. He did not produce anything special worth noting.
EMMANUEL AGYEMANG-BADU: I expected him to bomb forward to deliver his characteristic shots but it did not happen. He did nothing special.
LEE ADDY: He had an above average game. Once he replaced the injured Massahudu and put in a couple of decent tackles, one could tell that the Nigerians reduced their attack through Ghana’s left flank.
SAMUEL INKOOM: Maybe Goran Stevanovic should stop playing him at the right-wing position because he is just terrible in that role.