Will the Black Stars be led to the slaughter against Germany or will they disentangle themselves from US mess?
Ghana take on Germany in the second group match of Group G on Saturday in Fortaleza.
If you were a betting
man, you would bet your house on Germany winning this game. If you went with your heart and you believed in miracles, there is a sliver of hope. After all, as a friend of mine said to me recently, ‘a dead goat don’t fear HU!’ to wit, ‘what more does a dead goat have to fear’. If you were a neutral you would expect a cracking game with two teams going at each other.
Germany’s record all time in World Cups is 61 wins, 19 draws and 20 losses. They have won the entire competition on three occasions and by the looks of it would be serious contenders for a fourth. Ghana, relative novices at this competition, are at a more uneven and perhaps underwhelming four wins, two draws and 4 losses. The tale of the tape doesn’t give the full picture though as Ghana possess individually skilled players who on any given day could be World beaters. Coach Kwesi Appiah will be keen to show his mettle in harnessing that talent and pulling off what would undoubtedly be one of the upsets of the tournament. And he says his team will deploy an attacking
mentality in this match going all out for the win. After all, what’s there to lose? Ummm, progression into the next round but never mind.
Were the Black Stars to record that win, Appiah would restore the luster his team had coming into the tournament having thumped S. Korea 4-0 and perhaps reestablish the Black Stars as Africa’s lodestar – Cote d’ Ivoire’s loss suddenly putting them on shaky ground.
Will he be able to inspire his charges by identifying German weak spots and punishing them? Or will he go away meekly rueing his naivete against the USA? Will Kevin Prince Boateng come to symbolize the avengers, his role as the scorned exacting revenge on a team he once represented and teammates he once played with? Or will Thomas Mueller continue his searing World Cup form in dispatching the wishful Ghanaians?
Will this signify the end of an era for players such as Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari or will they be offered a reprieve by a German team noted more for ruthlessness than kindness?
All I have are questions.
Like many Ghanaians, I’ll be looking for answers at 19:00 GMT Saturday, hoping the answers result in an all to play for rendez-vous against the Portuguese in our final group game.