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CHAN 2011: Why Black Stars will beat Amabinneplaas of South Africa


Goalkeeper Stephen Adam (Left) and Striker Nuhu Fuseini (Right)

Goalkeeper Stephen Adam (Left) and Striker Nuhu Fuseini (Right)

As a group opener, this game is important for many reasons; chief of which is the confidence or lack of it the results can bring to either team going forward. Ghana should be able to easily overcome South Africa, and here are the reasons.


[1] Depth

The Ghanaian team is rich in depth with some 23 in-form players; a number of whom have seen it all in domestic, international club and national team competitions. Coach Herbert Addo will have on his hands, a nice little problem of player selection with so many good players in his squad. The Amabinneplaas on the other hand is made up of amateurs and inexperienced second-tier players from South Africa. If depth translates into performance, then the South Africans should be toast.

[2] On the wings with flying colours

One of Ghana’s weapons in Sudan is the number of players who can make flanking manoeuvres happen. Not a single match day passes in Ghana’s Glo Premier League without some headline news about exciting performances from Hans Cofie, Bernard Dong Bortey, Larbi Koomson, Obed Owusu and Bismark Idan. All these players provide Coach Herbert Addo with abundant wing forward options. Wing backs like Alfred Arthur and Godfred Saka also reinforce how wide the Ghana team can be.

[3] Attack Attack Attack

Here is how Herbert Addo surprised all Ghanaians. Hitherto, he has been known as the ‘One Goal Project’ man for his penchant to get his team to score one goal and shut up shop. One would have expected him to have more midfielders, but Mr. Addo has other plans for CHAN. He has taken 6 of the of the most dangerous goal scorers in Ghana. But these strikers are not just goal scorers, otherwise, some other strikers would have made it to Sudan. These strikers double as tormentors of defenders, holding the ball, dribbling, running and shooting at will.

With the kind of amateur squad coach Simon Ngomane has named, I can safely predict that Gilbert Fiamenyo, Stephen Manu, Nuhu Huseini Fuseini, Bismark Idan and Emmanuel Clottey will give the Amabinneplaas a torrid time.


Striker Emmanuel Clottey

Striker Emmanuel Clottey


But, it might not be all rosy

One pitfall for Ghana though, might be the spirit with which the young and inexperienced Amabinneplaas are bringing to Sudan. Knowing that they have been written off by South Africans, coach Simon Ngomane and his lads appear to have increased their resolve to do anything to silence their critics. Their recent 1-1 draw with Sweden is a clear indication of their resolve not to go down easily.

Forward Tiyani Mabunda is not to be left unmarked. Cheap free kicks are not to be allowed in Ghana’s defensive third. Otherwise, the hungry Amabinneplaas will give Ghana an embarrassing sucker punch.



CHAN 2011: Top Ghanaian Players to watch

Coach Herbert Addo and his CHAN Black Stars squad are in Kenya, preparing to face the rest of Africa this February in Sudan. A lot of Ghanaians will expect them to return home with the cup. So, which players are likely to impress in Sudan?

Awal Mohammed (Central Defender)

Awal is a tall athletic defender with an imposing physical presence. He was unknown until he was signed from Feyenoord Academy by Kotoko. Already, since his inclusion into the Kotoko squad, the 22-year old Awal has been described by many a fan as one of the best things to have happened to Kotoko’s season. Awal will be expected to showcase his rare anticipation, aerial command and general combative attitude at the tournament. It should not be surprising to have scouts all over him during and after the tournament. It should also not come as a surprise if after the tournament, Awal finds his name on Senior Blacks Stars coach Goran Stevanovic’s team sheet.

Godfred Saka (Lateral/Wing Back)

Godfred Saka

Godfred Saka

Godfred is Ghana’s own version of Douglas Maicon. Over the course of two seasons, Godfred has maintained consistent form in the right wing back role for Aduana Stars in the Glo Premier League. His defensive skills and speed down the right wing might end up as the revelation of the tournament. Defensive skills aside, Godfred’s work rate has never ceased to amaze observers.

Gilbert Fiamenyo (Striker)

It is unclear whether Gilbert will have a starting position. However, Gilbert does not need 90 minutes to show what stuff he is made of. Gilbert had struggled to find first team place in a number of premier league teams including Accra Hearst of Oak. His big break came during the 2010/1011 Glo (Ghana) Premier League pre-season Top 4 Tournament where he brought his dribbling and strike abilities to bear at Heart of Lions. A solid team player with aptitude for both striking and attacking midfield roles, Gilbert’s strengths lie in his sublime dribbling talent. One cannot expect a prolific goals rate from Gilbert, but when given the chance, he is sure to set Sudan ablaze with his nimble foot.

Bismark Idan (Striker)

Bismark Idan

Bismark Idan

Bismark was top scorer of the 2009/2010 Glo (Ghana) Premier League. His contribution to the game goes beyond scoring to providing crucial assists. Ghanaians owe their qualification into the finals of CHAN 2011 to the left foot of Bismark. On March 28, 2010 when Burkina Faso stood between Ghana and qualification, Bismark’s 38th minute strike was enough to seal Ghana’s qualification. It is this same big match temperament which will eventually save the blushes of Ghanaians at Madany, Sudan when the tournament begins.

Hans Cofie (Winger)

Two years ago, after watching an U-20 international qualifier, I thought Hans did not have what it took to represent Ghana at any level. But times change and 2 years can make a whole lot of difference in the life of a footballer. Hans has matured into a fine player this season with some stellar wing performances. Hans is one of the top scorers in Ghana’s Glo Premier League so far and one can expect him to translate his club-side goal scoring form to the national team

Bernard Dong Bortey (Striker, Winger)

Bernard Dong Bortey

Bernard Dong Bortey

There are only a few players in Ghana’s squad with the depth of international experience Bernard brings to the squad. Bernard is a utility forward who can function as a winger, striker or attacking midfielder. At club level, Bernard was joint goal king in the 2003/2003 Ghana Premier League season. He was also, one of the top three performers of Accra Hearts of Oak’s Africa-conquering team of 1999-2001 seasons. This season, Bernard has already scored 4 goals from wing position for title defenders Aduana.

At national level, Bernard has already featured 77 times for Ghana at all age levels, netting 38 goals. He has featured for the Senior Black Stars 27 times, scoring 11 goals. Sometimes, in tournament football, there comes a time when players who have been there and done that must step up and bring their experience to bear. This is where Bernard will be vital for Ghana.


Top performers of the Glo Premier League 2009/2010

The Professional League Board (PLB), organizers of Ghana’s Glo Premier League has honoured outstanding players of the 2009/2010 season.

Most Valuable Player: Mahatma Otoo (Accra Hearts of Oak)

Otoo, who graduated from the national U-17 side last season and emerged as the most promising player that season has gone on to win the MVP award this season.  Otoo shook off strong competition from Black Stars defender, Lee Addy and CHAN striker Bismark Idan. The young man’s career is off to a flying start. We can only wish him well and hope he grows into an efficient goal machine.

Most promising player: Godfred Saka (Aduana Stars)

Saka has been the best full back in the Ghanaian league since Samuel Inkoom found a job in the Swiss League.  Many however felt the shear skill of King Faisal winger Frank Acheampong would be enough to win him this crown. This title is a tricky title. Very often, players show promise and then do not keep up with their promise. Last season, Obed Ansah was all over the place with some real promise. Today, he cannot even compete for place at Hearts of Oak. Hopefully, Saka will not disappoint.

Goal Keeper of the Year: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

There was just no contest here. How a goal keeper can concede only 10 goals in 30 matches is a mystery worth Sherlock Holmes’ interest. The former Real Sportive goalie has displayed some of the best goal keeping Ghana has had a long while. You’ve got to give Stephen Ahorlu (Heart of Lions) a lot of credits though who produced some wonderful performances this season. Somewhere in the season, Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals) caught the attention of the world with his U-20 performances. But Adams just stood tall.

Defender of the year: Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea)

Addy has done well to retain his 2008/2009 title. The Aduana Stars fullback was however too visible this season. Personally, I would have have given this award to Godfred Saka who was aided to make Aduana Stars the meanest defence of all time. Karim Alhassan of Hearts of Oak who also stood tall in central defence for Hearts of Oak.

FROM LEFT: Torric Jibril and Samuel Affum

FROM LEFT: Torric Jibril and Samuel Affum

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Glo Premier League 09/10 Preview: Round 2

ABRANKESE: Kessben FC-Great Olympics

 If you are a lover of beautiful football then this should be the game you are likely to be interested in. Home side Kessben are on a good run, beating King Faisal Babies 1-2 away from home in round 1. They will expect to produce another good result, but Accra Great Olympics are a difficult team to beat.

Players to watch Kessben: Richard Mpong, Prince Attakora Gyima and Bismark Idan

Players to watch Olympics: Muntari Tagoe, Malik Akowua, Eric Adjei

Prediction: Kessben 1:2 Great Olympics


WA PARK: All Stars-Ashanti Gold SC

 The Miners come to this game with an unconvincing home win against Bechem Chelsea while the Wa lads produced a spirited away draw down south. Quality wise, I rate All Stars above The Miners and I do not expect them to lose at home. However the Wa lads will have to find a good replacement for suspended Michael Ocansey.

Players to watch All Stars: Daniel Bomfa, Robert Dabuo, Kwame Nsor

Players to watch Ashgold: David Telfar, Fatau Dauda, Daniel Asamoah

Prediction: All Stars 2:0 AshGold

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