Ghana's 2-2 draw against Turkey in Istanbul last Wednesday provided quite a few helpful lessons. Goal highlights some of those
By Theophilis Sakyi Mohammed Rabiu in action against Arda Turan
|INKOOM SHOULD NOT BE PICKED FOR A WHILE
Inkoom was poor to say the least during his time on the pitch. His suspect positioning puts the inexperienced central defensive pairing under pressure and he had no end product whatsoever going the other way. Daniel Opare, his replacement, proved far more solid and even assisted a goal.
|BRIMAH NEEDS ANOTHER CHANCE
The debutant did not do too terribly, although he did appear to flap at a few crosses. He would require subsequent tests before he is considered a definite squad member. The man Brimah substituted later in the game, Adam Kwarasey, could perhaps have prevented the second goal but was let down by the shaky defence that shielded him. His performance should not be considered an indictment of his quality.
|ASAMOAH SHOULD REMAIN A CREATIVE HUB
Ghana have often struggled to find creativity in the middle and Asamoah remains one of the few players who can provide that from deep in midfield. His awareness - both in offensive and defensive play - along with his movement would complement Rabiu Mohammed quite perfectly. In hindsight, it was a shocking decision to re-locate him to left-back during the last Africa Cup of Nations, especially when the midfield seemed so to lack cohesion during the tournament.
|THE RABIU-BADU PARTNERSHIP NOT WORKING
The two simply do not suit each other well. Agyemang Badu often leaves Rabiu horribly exposed and does not create much going forward. The latter, although a good interceptor of the ball, is not mobile enough to cope with the pressure that result from Badu’s archaic running.
|WAKASO IS CLEARLY NOT A NO.10
The wantaway Espanyol midfielder exhibited his real strengths on the left flank during the second half with his direct running and work rate which is ideal for covering at full-back. When included in the triumvirate comprising himself, Rabiu and Badu, though, he leaves a lot to be desired.
|SOLOMON ASANTE: ENERGETIC BUT INEFFECTUAL
To borrow a popular cliché, he does seem to 'put himself about' quite a bit, yet the rewards, much like his decision-making, is often poor. Perhaps a player like Helsingborg's David Accam should be given a chance instead in the Black Stars' next friendly.
|WHY DOES ADIYAH STILL RECEIVE CALL-UPS?
This could well be considered the eighth wonder of the world. The 23-year-old is not in scintillating form at club level and, besides, there are other upcoming strikers like Ebenezer Assifuah, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and Abdul Majeed Waris waiting in the wings. Adiyiah ought to be allowed to focus on his club football without the distraction of the national team before earning his next Ghana call-up.
|ASAMOAH GYAN STILL HAS IT…WELL, SORT OF
Gyan has shown he still possesses the ability to score goals as he did against Turkey and during the Stars' recent qualifiers. That said, his cause is often helped by the fact that he never really leads the line by himself, as Mahatma Otoo did all of the running for him against Turkey. If Ghana had to play only one striker upfront, Gyan obviously would not be the best option, in spite of his good form.Follow Theophilis Sakyi on
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