By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Ghana’s Black Stars go into action tomorrow against their Saudi Arabia counterparts, brimming with revenge to overturn the 0-5 thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Saudis in an international friendly before the Germany 2006 World Cup.
Of course, the Ghanaians have metamorphosed into a winsome side since the last time the two met in Saudi Arabia, under Coach Ratomir Dujkovic.
The same can be said about the young charges who have blended so well with their senior colleagues who appear hungrier to prove a point.
Tomorrow’s friendly offers caretaker coach Kwasi Appiah another chance to make a strong case for local coaches, after drawing 0-0 with Sudan in their Africa Cup qualifier in Kumasi, which raised eyebrows among soccer fans.
Many have questioned his readiness to step into the shoes of his former Serbian boss, Milovan Rajevac, and his quest to prove his critics wrong, places the Stars in a better position to pay their opponents back in their own coin.
Senior players John Mensah and Mathew Amoah have both picked fresh injuries a few hours to the game, but the brilliant pair of Granada Jonathan Mensah and Hoffenheim Isaac Vorsah, or Lee Addy, together with Samuel Inkoom and returnee Harrison Afful, would be expected to provide cover for goalkeepers Sammy Adjei and Richard Kingson.
Sunderland in-form forward, Asamoah Gyan, would be expected to carry the team on his shoulders to replicate his recent scoring feats.
If AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng avails himself this time, after missing the Sudan clash, then a well-knit midfield will be expected, when he partners Rosenborg’s Anthony Annan, Marseille’s Dede Ayew, and Emmanuel Agyeman Badu of Udinese.