Astute sports analyst, Jeffrey Asare has taken a strong swipe at the Black Stars for their lacklustre performance in Saturday’s AFCON 2019 last qualifying game against Kenya at the Accra Sports Stadium. The team has come under heavy criticism, particularly for their poor showing in the first stanza and their wastefulness in front of goal.
Predictable, ponderous and repeatedly picked apart, this was Black Stars at their absolute worst under Kwesi Appiah’s management. Ghana were obliterated by a Kenya wrecking ball on a night when Coach Sébastien Migné set a trap and Ghana strolled straight into it time and time again according to Jeffrey Asare when quizzed by GhanaCrusader.com after the game.
The astute journalist argued that the pressure has now reached new levels for Kwesi Appiah, whose devotion to a single system (4-4-2) has never been harder to justify. Kenya knew what they were going up against here, and they executed their game-plan accordingly as the Black Stars continued to bang their heads against the metaphorical wall throughout the game.
The problems were everywhere Appiah looked. Ghana were imprudent and naive at the back, with John Boye particularly at fault on many occasions but goalkeeper Richard Ofori was always up to the task to rescue the Black Stars, and pitifully stodgy going forward as well as he stressed.
The pundit went on to state clearly that the Black Stars can not win AFCON 2019 as many have tipped the Stars to glitter. He further explained that the current players lack the character and also the level of performance of players in the country which, in his opinion, is low to bring the trophy home.
The game proved to be very tight for both sides as none managed to find chances at the back of the net in the first half. However, Ghana found luck on their side with debutant Caleb Ekuban going home at the 83rd minute to seal the deal for the hosts.
Ghana find themselves first on Group F’s standings with nine points with Kenya dropping to second with seven points respectively. The group winners and three best overall runners-up qualify for the tournament.
Meanwhile, the 2019 AFCON will be staged in Egypt between June and July this year.