Lower your expectations. These are the chants by many media persons. The players even look lost on the field. Appalling performance many will say. This further strengthens our underdog persona. The weight of expectation is out of the window. The team will have a big opportunity to prove doubters wrong. With the first round matches nearly over, the Black Stars are one of the least impressive teams, especially with a forward line that looks dishevelled.
However, with the help of Covid, there is very little interference from outsiders into the team, trainings are often behind closed doors. Small creeps of information reveal unity, hope rather than despair. The final ingredient it will seem is inspiration from a win over Gabon in their next game on Friday.
The Football Association is confident of having Kudus by Thursday. If this happens, it will be a huge feather in the cap of Kurt and could also inspire the team some more. Although he will most certainly sit out the Gabon game, the game itself is a reminiscence of Angola 2010. After being demolished by Cote D'Ivoire in their first game, 20 year Andre Ayew scored a tournament saving goal against Burkina Faso to keep the Black Stars in the tournament and going all the way to the finals.
Similarly, the Stars were humbled in their first match in 2015 by Senegal only for them to bounce back and deliver a sucker punch to Algeria in the last minute of the game to go through, also to the finals. Taking the positives from the game on Monday, the Stars were good in defence but deficient in midfield and attack, an area I expect to see changes and improvement, bearing in mind that with the addition of Kudus, the Black Stars has the full complement of all 28, Covid free and fit.
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