Monday, January 21, 2008

Suleiman Muntari Rescues Ghana

Ghana 2008 is now hear and the excitement has just begun. Yesterday we saw a macth befitting the hype proceeding this tournament reputed to be Africa’s most prestigious football competition.
Most of us have expected Ghana to totally overwhelm the Guineans. Of course they did that but only for the first half. Though the first half ended in a barren draw despite all Ghana’s effort to kill off the game early enough, the Guinean goalie wouldn’t let that happen.
However, the next 45 minutes saw a rampage from both sides. It all started with a spot kick awarded to the black stars. After the goal it seem like the Guineans have finally been demoralized not until a corner taken about 20 minutes later saw the Guineans snatch an unlikely equalizer. The pressure then turned around to be on the Black Stars who were playing in front of a 40,000 hysterical crowd and a worried President.
It is always good to win your first game and it was starting to look like the Ghanaians will fail to do this. The game was accompanied with so much power and the best of African football was definitely on display.
With Michael Essien used to this kind of situation in Chelsea, he knew it wasn’t over until it’s over and so pressed on. He sent a neatly tailored trademark pass that found Muntari who wasted little time before driving a volley from twenty five yards right into the far post. It was one of those goals you see one in a blue moon.
The Guineans however deserved a point for their efforts but sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve. The Ghanaians have started their quest for the title definitely on a good note.

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