By Prince Dulzy
The Black Stars of Ghana has progresses from the group stage to the quarter final and now face a stiff competition to overcome Guinea to progress into the semis.
The Black Stars did not start brightly in their first match against Senegal, and that saw them defeated 2-1, with the winning goal for Senegal coming in the last seconds for the match to end.
After their defeat to Senegal in the opening match, they have won back-to-back against Algeria and South Africa, 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
Ghana will be targeting a semi-final spot when they clash against Guinea in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday evening.
The Black Stars are more than determine to go far and their target will be to defeat the National Elephants in the quarter-finals in order for them to be two steps closer to the final of the continental showpiece.
Nothing less than a win against the Michel Dussuyer’s side will be their aim, and there is no doubt they can deliver especially after gaining momentum in their previous two encounters in the group stages.
There are some suggestions that their qualification from the group stage was due to luck. Yes, I agree, because without luck there is no football. Luck brings the thrilling moments of the game. You need luck to be able to go far in whatever you do.
But suggestions that they did not play well and did not deserve progression into the quarter-final is what I disagree.
Avram Grant’s men haven’t done badly in Group C. They have been able to collect six points out of a possible nine, by beating Bafana Bafana and Algeria whilst losing against Senegal.
Nevertheless, we all wait to see the test that awaits Ghana’s newly found cohesion when they come up against Guinea on Sunday.
It is a big game and any complacency can lead to the defeat of the Black Stars. Yes, they defeated Guinea in the qualifiers but that does not guarantee a victory against them – this mountain is situated in a different zone, It is a different mountain for them climb.
It will be no surprise to see the match decided by little details and Awal Mohammed sees that as a possibility.
“It’s a big game. We beat them during the qualifiers but that will count for nothing in the competition,” said Awal.
“We are working hard every day to achieve our aims and that I am sure that should be enough to see us through. But little details should decide this one.”
Can Andrew Ayew and Asamoah Gyan do their magic again?
Well, I believe not only the two players but rather the entire Black Stars team is ready to give their country a new song to sing as they hope to defeat Guinea and progress into the semi-finals.
The match gets underway on Sunday 16:00 GMT at Estadio de Malabo and the victorious side will set a date in the semis to meet the host Equatorial Guinea.