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Let’s Go Black Stars!!!

Tomorrow is the big day! Tomorrow, Ghana will show the world that we are ready to take the World Cup. 

I just watched Nigeria lose to Argentina. I will say that’s the best match I have seen yet. Metro TV also showed a Black Stars training session and today’s press conference. I believe Ghana is ready. I know a lot of people don’t believe Ghana has the quality and character to win the World Cup. Well, I know a lot of people will call, tweet and text me after the World Cup just to say; Kwabena, you’re right! Ghana is a tournament team and if we put our mind to it, nothing is impossible for us.

In the past, it was easier predicting who will make the starting line-up. It isn’t that easy anymore. Coach Milovan has a lot of quality players to choose from. I didn’t see the last two friendly games but I think I have an idea of the probable line-up. With all 23 players haven been declared fit this is what I think tomorrow’s line-up will look like;

Richard Kingston; John Painstil, Hans Adu Sarpei, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah; Kevin Prince Boateng, Anthony Annan, Stephen Appiah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sule Muntari; Asamoah Gyan (4-4-2)

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Richard Kingston; Samuel Inkoom, Hans Adu Sarpei, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah; Kevin Prince Boateng, Anthony Annan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sule Muntari; Prince Tagoe, Asamoah Gyan (4-5-1)

Ghana v. Latvia                                                                           Credit: Cleopatra Nsiah Nketiah

If Richard Kingson keeps his composure, we should be clean sheet. Our defence is resolute. I have no doubts about our defence. With the 1.96m Isaac Vorsah , John Mensah, John Painstil and Hans Adu Sarpei at the back I have no fear at all. There is also Samuel Inkoom, Lee Addy, Rahim Ayew and Jonathan Mensah.

Ghana’s strength is in the midfield. Ghana has one of the finest midfields even without Michael Essien who won’t be in this world cup. Kevin Prince Boateng can fill the midfield void created by the absence of Michael Essien. I caught a few excepts of the game with Latvia and he was impressive in the midfiled. I think he is a better option than Derek Boateng. I expect Stephen Appiah to start but don’t expect him to play the full 90 minutes. Another player to watch tomorrow is Kwadwo Asamoah. He is the talk of the team after an impressive African Cup of Nations and season with Udinese. Asamoah can hold and distribute the ball and I expect him to be right behind the strikers. 

I would have loved to see Asamoah Gyan partner Dominic Adiyiah up front but it looks like Coach Rajevac prefers an Amoah or Tagoe partnership with Gyan or start with one striker. I expect Quincy Owusu-Abeyie & Dominic Adiyiah to be brought on as power subs. Quincy has the speed just like Haminu Draman and has can change the pace of a game.

Ahhhhhhh! The coach has lot of quality players to choose from. I put a name down and I feel like crossing it out. I guess he is having a tougher time.

I just can’t wait for 14:00GMT tomorrow. Ghana will have the advantage of a 12th and 13th player; number 12 will be the fans with their vuvuzelas and number 13 will be the presence of President John Evans Atta Mills at the stadium tomorrow. Let’s show the world we are ready. Let’s Go Black Stars!!!

God Bless Our Homeland Ghana!

Aduana Stars FC are Glo Premier League Champions

Aduana Stars FC

Aduana Stars FC have made history as the first team from the Brong-Ahafo Region and more importantly the first team to win the Ghanaian Premier League on the first attempt. Hitherto, no team apart from Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak had won the league in 14 years.

Aduana Stars FC is the traditional team of the Dormaa Traditional Area and it is based in Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong-Ahafo Region. They were promoted into the league for the first time in 2009 and I believe they have showed the way for all newly promoted sides. 

Aduana won the league with an outstanding record. Having conceded 10 goals and scored only 19 goals, they remained unbeaten at home.

Kudos to the players, technical team and management for bringing the team this far. I think the life patron of the team; the Dormahene Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II deserves a lot of credit too. 

ADUANA - OGYA!

CONGRATULATIONS GLO PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2009/2010!!!