So Ghana lost 4-3, days after sending the nation on a high with the World Cup qualification. So here's what i think of the game played at the Stadion Galgenwaard in Holland. Good news first...
1. Asamoah Gyan is still national team material. After a long injury layoff, I think he has proven himself especially considering he was not able to show a lot of himself against Sudan because he came on a bit late in that game.
2. Matthew Amoah can also be counted on in hard times. He has scored consistently for Ghana and it bodes well for the team.
3. Is John Paintsil having issues with defending or is it complacency. If I am not wrong he caused most or all of the goals Japan scored. Maybe it is a whole defensive fault?
Eric Addo, who cam told kickoffghana that:
“Once we were in front, we seemed to slow down and then they completely begun to dominate in midfield.
“We had chances and should not have lost this game but hopefully we will pick the lessons from this.
“The biggest one I think is that until a game is over you play at your biggest strength, which it is key to concentrate throughout the game.”
He is right. We totally lost it. But more to the point it really seemed that John Paintsil could not accommodate the pressure on his side of the field and with John Mensah not around to accommodate and cover, Ghana conceded 3 goals in 13 minutes.
My pal Erasmus Kwaw thinks Painstil needs to be blamed:
“Our defense was stretched to elastic limits by the Asians.
Our lack of pace at the back was exposed and then the 13 minutes of madness which was triggered by John Paintsil, NOT William Amamoo.”I'm sure Milovan would find a solution to this, otherwise Ghana is going nowhere in the World Cup, to be honest.
Now, my second beef is with Ghana TV. They failed to show the damn game. The state-owned broadcaster had said for ages that they will show the game but as at the time it started they were showing highlights of the Ghana-Zambia friendly and later the Ghana - Sudan match.
And characteristically, they had NOT the decency to apologise. The idiots.
So, I had to see the highlights online and some listened to it on radio.
Sigh. Public service broadcaster my butt!