The road to the biggest soccer mundial in the World has never been an easy one. It even became difficult for Ghana, on the 16th of September, 2013, after the Black Stars were drawn against seven time African Champions, Egypt.
Since then we have embraced panic, and fear moved into our homes. “Why Egypt”, was heard everywhere, “why not a different Country”, forgetting that" to be the best, u need to beat the best".
When one thinks of true superstars in the Ghanaian team, many names come to mind. Names like Micheal Essein, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah provoke thoughts of true game changers and elite forces in the football World. These players all have key characteristics that have taken them to the level they have achieved now.
These are player, with the technical qualities to read games, single handedly change score lines, hold up play where necessary etc. They have seen it all on much bigger platforms.
Indeed, if iron indeed sharpeneth iron as the Good book says, then these players have been robbed on by present and past team mates, such as Andrea Pirlo, Antuoro Vidal, Frank Lampard, Darren Bent, the list is endless.
They have done it before and can do it again and again. A case in point was at the AFCON 2008. Another is the just ended qualification round to this play off. When it most mattered in Sudan and Lesotho, these boys were up to the task.
This amongst many other factors such as the unity in camp, the players’ response to recent invitations, these should guarantee Ghana a sure slot to Brazil.
Egypt cannot be a stumble block at all. The boys will definitely rise up to the occasion.
With all these said, perhaps their greatest ability is to be more assertive on the field of play. Their confidence and drive will provide a lift for the other players, especially at a crunch time.
Playing against an Egyptian side with vast experience, these unique qualities must be brought to the table. For this to happen, they must seal themselves as the assertive leaders that the team needs. And surely victory will be ours.
GO GHANA, GO BLACK STARS.
By Edmund Bobie (tweet me @eddienets)