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The Day After…

I will cut the chase. I wasn’t impressed with the Black Stars performance yesterday! I was expecting a win. I was so sure of a win. I think we could have far better. I told my colleagues I didn’t see the point of all the jubilation. It was only a draw… against a B team. 

It is okay we walked away with a draw. Asamoah Gyan was again the hero for Ghana and I heard I couple of people say they have forgiven him for his penalty miss at the World Cup.

Asamoah ‘Baby Jet’ Gyan aka Wenchi-1-Goal being carried as a bride hero by Derek Boateng.

I went around tumblr and twitter and I game across some really nice pictures I want to share.

Like former Black Stars captain described it, it was disrespectful for Capello to field a B team against Ghana

It looks like the Ghanaian Fans will never forgive Uruguayan Striker, Luis Suarez. 

… and when the goal came, they stadium went gay. It was ecstatic!

God bless our homeland Ghana!

England v. Ghana

Today is a historic day for Ghanaian football. Today, the Black Stars play the Three Lions for the first time. This is a game Ghanaians and a lot of football enthusiasts have been anticipating for long time. We have always wanted to play England. The reasons are quite simple; Ghana has matured in football and it’s about time we play England and other ‘big’ teams and show the world what we are made of. The other reason is beating the former colonialists at their own game. The closest Ghana has come to playing England was in 2006 when a friendly was arranged before the world cup in Germany but later canceled. The Wembley is going to come alive tonight. With tickets sold out you can expect fireworks and the best from the Black Stars.

It is sad however that England’s big names like Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have been sent home by Fabio Capello. Although the argument might seem valid, I think it is disrespectful. I don’t think England would have sent these players home if they were playing Argentina or even the USA. I was infuriated when I heard the news. I said to myself; let’s field a ‘B’ team but we are the Black Stars, we play to win. 

I can’t put all the blame on England though. The Ghanaian players and fans should take their fair share of it. Listening to Black Stars skipper and Sunderland defender John Mensah on the BBC on Saturday, there is the feeling that Ghana must win the game at all cost, more like the world cup finals. As we say in Ghana, ‘We mean the game’.

Ghana will also be without assistant captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, who is taking a break from the national team and AC Milan forward, Kevin-Prince Boateng, who pulled out of the team citing an ankle injury.

After Ghana’s strong showing in the 2012 African Cup of Nations Qualifier in Brazzaville, Congo on Sunday and Coach Goran Stevanovic's great start with the national team, I have no doubt Ghana will deliver the goals. Did you know the Ghana Football Association (GFA) flew the CEOs and Administrators of the Glo Premier League Clubs to England to watch the game? Some say that shows how much it means to us. Others say that’s Kofi Nyantakyi’s way of securing his re-election as GFA President. I can’t be bothered.

It is also good to know that former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah has been invited by the GFA as special guest. In the words of Kofi Nyantakyi, “Appiah has played a major role in what the Black Stars has become today and we think for his work for mother Ghana he must be part of this historic team.” Appiah in his response said “I was so moved by this big gesture from the GFA that I felt like crying. We only came to serve the people our country and I am touched that the people appreciate the service we gave them.” Let say befitting goodbye to Appiah today.

Let’s look at the players available for selection today;

Goalkeepers: Richard Kingson (Blackpool, England), Sammy Adjei (Hearts of Oak, Ghana) Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana)

Defenders: John Paintsil (Fulham, England) Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium) David Addy (Academica Coimbra, Portugal) Jonathan Mensah (Granada, Spain) Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany) John Mensah (Sunderland, England) Lee Addy (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Schalke 04, Germany), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Bernard Kumordzi (Panionios, Greece) Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy) Sulley Muntari (Sunderland, England) Derek Boateng (Getafe, Spain) Andre Ayew (Marseille, France) 

Attackers: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland, England) Prince Tagoe (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Dominic Adiyiah (Partizan Belgrade, Serbia) Nathaniel Asamoah (Asante Kotoko, Ghana) Emmanuel Clottey (Berekum Chelsea, Ghana)

Special Guest: Stephen Appiah (Casena, Italy)

Kickoff is 19:00 GMT. If you are in Africa, you can catch the game on Supersport and on the BBC Africa Service. You can also catch the match online at www.ghanalive.tv. I will leave work early so as not to be stuck in traffic :)

Prediction? England 0-2 Ghana!

Let’s Go Black Stars!