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Five talking points in Ghana’s win against Central African Republic 


By: Nana Kwame Bediako 

The Black Stars have recently been a topic of intense debate among fans and analysts alike. Their performances have oscillated between promising and concerning, leaving supporters divided on the current philosophy guiding the team. A closer inspection reveals that the Black Stars often begin their matches on a shaky note. This vulnerability was particularly evident in their last two games against Mali and the Central African Republic, where their first-half performances exposed significant weaknesses.

Despite these early-game struggles, there has been a noticeable improvement in the Black Stars’ overall play, especially in their offensive strategies. The team has managed to score six goals in their recent World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic. This offensive resurgence can be attributed to a blend of experienced players and youthful talent. Among the experienced players, Jordan Ayew has stood out, demonstrating remarkable resilience and focus under the guidance of coach Otto Addo.

Jordan Ayew’s exploits

Jordan Ayew’s contributions have been nothing short of spectacular. The 32-year-old has managed to rise above the controversies surrounding his brother Andre Ayew’s recent exclusion from the team. Jordan’s ability to maintain his focus and deliver on the field underscores his commitment to the national team. He has scored six goals in his last four games, including a hat trick against the Central African Republic, which coincided with his 100th appearance for the Black Stars.

Two players netting hat tricks

The match against the Central African Republic was particularly memorable, not just for Jordan Ayew’s hat trick but also for the thrilling nature of the game. The encounter, which took place at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, was a seven-goal spectacle that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Both Jordan Ayew and Louis Mafouta showcased their goal-scoring prowess, making it a match to remember.

New boys and debutants 

Adding to the excitement were the debuts of new players like Abdul Mumim and Brandon Thomas-Asante. These young talents had the chance to make their mark in front of a home crowd, and they did not disappoint. Their performances provided a glimpse into the future of the Black Stars, suggesting that the team has a promising pool of talent to draw from.

Ghana’s defence woes

However, the Black Stars’ defensive issues remain a cause for concern. In their last two matches, the team has struggled defensively in the first half, conceding goals and appearing vulnerable. While their second-half performances have shown improvement, the inconsistency in their defensive game is something that needs urgent attention.

Unwavering support from Kumasi to stars

The unwavering support from fans in Kumasi has been a significant boost for the team. The Baba Yara Sports Stadium has been a fortress for the Black Stars, who have not lost a game there since February 2000. The passionate fans in Kumasi have been instrumental in driving the team forward, providing an atmosphere that energises the players.

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