Coach Yaw Acheampong has jumped to the defence of coach Charles Akonnor by stating that the Black Stars of Ghana - in yesterday’s World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia - adhered to tactical instructions on the field of play. He added that the players were careful and discipline in the match.
“Tactically Black Stars played well. We were very careful and discipline. We tried to do something to show to the fans that we can something.” He told 3 Sports.
From technical point of view, coach Yaw Acheampong could be making a cogent point about the match. There were minutes that Black Stars allowed the opponent to enjoy possession. Even though that did not sit well with majority of Ghanaians, but they ensured balls do not surpass them. The team was given a specific procedures to follow religiously on the pitch, and that may have been done in a technical fashion.
The former Elmina Sharks and Medeama coach added that Ghana got what was needed in the game. The three points, according to him, were the essential ingredients which the team fetched yesterday.
“We have the three points. We want to go World Cup. Whatever we have to do to be there we have to do.”
After winning the game yesterday, Ghana are leaders of Group G with 3 points. This stage of the qualifiers is deeply concerned about points accumulation. For Ghana not to play attractive football but end up winning, is satisfactory to the Yaw Acheampong.
The former Ghanaian international shared an analysis on Black Stars. He expects all and sundry to exercise restraint for the National team.
“Inviting players for three days for a match is not easy. When was the last time our National team play? Let’s give ourselves some time and we will be ok.”
Divergent opinions have been advanced as to who should have started the game yesterday. Some players have been labeled as not too strong to play for Black Stars going forward. Yaw Acheampong states that coming out with a starting lineup is a arduous task. He asks for time for Charles Akonnor to execute his mandate.
“Is a decision making and very difficult to do it. The first eleven is not easy as people are saying. Is a collective effort. We shouldn’t force people on him in whatever he decides to do.”
The Black Stars of Ghana travel to South Africa for match day two of the qualifiers. South Africa have a point after drawing with Zimbabwe.
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