Ladies and gentleman, it’s going to be a crapshoot predicting the result in today’s game. I clearly want Ghana to win but feel a lot has to go right today for us to again pull it off. To begin with, I think this is a game that will reward the bold. It’s a game that will reward the team that takes a little more risk and puts a few more men in attack.
It is why I think we should play a 4-3-1-2 formation. So basically keep the back four, put Anthony Annan back into the starting lineup to pair with Agyemang Badu and Dede Ayew on the left. You then put Kwadwo Asamoah just behind the two attackers and you have a team ready to neutralize John Obi Mikel and Obasi in the middle and Odemwingie on the right. (Odemwingie and Obasi often change positions during the course of the game so they pose identical threats). But more importantly we have the opportunity to attack Nigeria and this is one game where I believe the best form of defense may be to attack. In my view we have to keep possession and give ourselves the option of taking the game to the Nigerians the way the Zambians did. This formation allows us to be more dynamic when we win the ball and put more pressure on Etuhu and Shittu and Apam’s replacement. Below is how the suggested strategy would look.
Samuel Inkoom Isaac Vorsah Lee Addy Hans Adu Sarpei
Agyemang Badu Anthony Annan Dede Ayew
Matthew Amoah Asamoah Gyan
Otherwise, I think it will be fairly balanced game and don’t expect more than one goal to separate the two teams. And we’ll leave it to a South African to be the final arbiter when the game gets sticky. Of course, all that does not matter where some of our regular players are concerned as Laryea Kingston thinks this one is in the books as a Ghana win. Of course the Super Eagles are plotting secretly, in the open, on the pitch to inflict pain.
As for the all North African affair, I so want Algeria to win it’s not even funny. And that with all due respect should be even more of a cracker than our game. The quality in that game I would expect would be higher.
Hopefully, at the end of the day we are talking Ghana v Algeria in the final.