First of all, thank God for this victory. Next, thank God for creating Manucho and his wastefulness. And then thank God for creating Asamoah Gyan who finished his only real chance sublimely. And then thank God for creating Kwadwo Asamoah, the best player on the pitch. And then thank God for creating this Black Stars team. Full of grit, hard work, determination.
Excitement is biting my tongue at this point so this post will be short.
But essentially what I called for this morning happened in this game. The coach started with a 4-4-1-1 strategy. We started off with the intent of shutting down the supply lines to the forwards and we succeeded. We went ahead on a wonderful rope a dope play. Kwadwo Asamoah played the ball into the path of Gyan who latched on to it and after a touch put it into the corner of the goal. What a goal. We then basically looked to catch them on the break after that. We also put men behind the ball and were committed to the strategy. Our defensive efforts neutralized Mabina who to me was one of the dangerous players on the Angolan team. That constant supply of incisive crosses that Flavio feasted on in previous games was largely absent. I thought our pressure from the strikers up top helped in stifling the Angolan’s attempts to play through the middle.
It’s always easier to gloss over some of our mistakes though when we win. There were a few clear cut chances for the Angolans because of our mistakes. We were jittery in the last few minutes of the first half and a few moments in the second half caused me heartache but keeping two clean sheets is not easy and say what you want they kept a clean sheet.