Thursday, February 02, 2012

A goal to die for!

Yesterday I watched Ghana-Guinea in the last group matches of the African Cup of Nations. Ghana went ahead on a goal to die for: Emmanuel Badu, the super talented 21 year old of Udinese, scored a stunning goal to put Ghana ahead! 23 meter from goal he gave the ball a tip to lift it before hammering it in mid-air. It was a goal that reminded me of Eder against the USSR in 1982, and I was delighted for Ghana.
The match ended 1-1, which was enough for Ghana to qualify as group leaders. It was surely a pity for Guinea who put pressure on the Black Stars and have been a great team to watch. Ghana has not been overly exciting to watch so far besides the goals. But that is also what makes them favourites: Ghana has experience and know that to win a big tournament, you need to pace yourself. Surely Ghana will have to lift their style for the next match against Tunisia, but they also know that very well.
The quarterfinals of a very exciting tournament are as follows:
  • Zambia-Sudan
  • Ghana-Tunisia
  • Gabon-Mali
  • Cote d'Ivoire-Equatorial Guinea

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