Source: www.africanakua.com| Napoleon Ato Kittoe, Ghana
Cameroon showed Ghana too much respect while Ghana lacked a scheming ball joggler to draw fissures in the opponents. Consequently, the Cameroon goal tender was on holiday for greater part of this Afcon 2019 action. At the opposite end, the athletic Cameroonian forwards appeared to be under some form of a spell or entangled in the web of self disbelief, thus failed to convert chances that required a little more effort.
The subject of this match was the Ghana defense and a Cameroon that had some potency to repeat the dose on Ghana but failed to encore.
Ghana was to rue the early exit from the game by Christian Atsu from a tendon as he has the pace to cause discomfort to any team. Boakye Yiadom on the right side of Ghana, showed glimpses of inexperience as he ended some of his sumptuous dashes with very poor crosses.
In the first half, Cameroon nearly perforated Ghana when an attacker in clear scoring position had his shot on target but was opportunely parried away by Ghana’s goalie Richard Ofori. Exploiting a deficiency in Ghana, Cameroon pushed men forward in the second half. The tactic which has worked for some opponents of Ghana, including Benin in this Group opener, is to hold the ball around the Ghana 18 yard box and then shoot through the crowd. The idea is that the goalkeeper would be blinded by the melee and a shot could be squeezed through into the net. One such shot by Cameroon bounced off defender Jonathan Mensah and rolled out of danger.
Ghana’s substitute Kwabena Mensah nearly caused a stir. From nowhere, he unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike from a distance, which hit Cameroon’s crossbar. Kwadwo Asamoah who did his business on the pitch was surprisingly taken off and replaced with Asamoah Gyan. The latter needs to shed some weight to fly at the rate of supersonic jet as he used to be. His few darting runs was a mild solution to the leak in the Ghana team which is absence of a dribbler to cause defenders to sweat.
Group F is open and should Ghana and Benin win their last matches, the defending champions, Cameroon would be eliminated from the competition. Guinea Bissau garbed as “destroyers”, is the spoke on Ghana’s lifeline.