Sunday, March 3, 2013

Black Stars, we want attainment and not entertainment!

You can't start talking about the Black Stars without talking about their "hairstyles". Vorsah, Wakaso and Gyan stood out amongst the lot at the African Cup of Nations. A few image searches of the players below would yield what their barbers have been doing to them for reasons I cannot barb. Let's stick to dissecting the usual suspects, and name (with nicknames) who should feature for the Black Stars as we prepare towards shockprising the world in Brazil 2014.

Richard Kingston, Olele! Wait, he has retired right? Adam Kwarasey probably let the Ghanaian ladies affection for him get into his head. Cos when he Googles himself, this is what he sees. The ladies would choose him while the guys choose Fatau Dauda. A man must be ugly and fearful. That works well for goalkeepers. Fatau should be Ghana's first choice (hear the bevy say nor! no-way!) Daniel Adjei will be the third banner, with enough liberty to be professional on the bench.

As much as I would love for John Paintsil to get a 100 caps for his service to the nation and world peace, his domestic violence issues (as well as continued play outside Europe) may have ended his international career. Samuel Inkoom ("Maaso mehyebi") has become quite the fashionista. He makes sure we all know via his Facebook Photos. His family is getting in on the act. He must learn to cross his passes as well he crosses his body to take pictures and get a better team than FC Bastia. I have high hopes for David Addy. We've not had a great left-back in years. I thought his time at Porto would spring him to new heights. A good run of games at Vitoria in the Portuguese Liga will do him some good. Daniel Opare is on the books of Standard Liege now? Are you telling me he couldn't operate the right flank for Real Madrid better than Arbeloa? Harrison Afful has had a wonderful experience in Esperance and he's looked great. He can pack some power in his boots.

John Mensah is the Rock of Gibraltar alright when he plays. He's been unlucky with injuries and we can't figure out the why. He's somewhere in the Rennes set-up watching John Boye play like he should when it comes to the Black Stars. I'm a huge John Boye fan. He can have a solid and long career if he stays focused and institutes more brain and less brawn into his game. He may look like a Bad Boye, but those kinda guys play football o! They've made bad boye haircuts look cool. I think "Iron Boye" as a nickname suits his perfectly. Jonathan Mensah has been loved by Ghanaians since his U-20 World Cup days. In his future, is his mainstay in the Black Stars but hopefully not at Evian. In 2013, Isaac Vorsah the Enforcer released a golden haircut that would cause his hometown church to do all-night prayer. He's not with Red Bull Salzburg where he is looking to buy a stake in the local McDonalds. It's left with me, says Jerry Akaminko, as if turkey features at McDonalds too. Even though he had a bad moment at Nelson Mandela Bay, he's capable.

Given Emmanuel Frimpong-Manso's recent play, I doubt we would have had a tug-of-war with England. He does rep Ghana hard on Twitter though, but he sure needs some arsenal to become a figure in the Black Stars' midfield. I do love this tweet though - "“What is superbowl?? Isit some sort of special cereal Bowl or something???”" Le Bison had a great run of form and then has never been the same since he got injured at Angola 2010. Michael Essien has looked good lately playing for Real Madrid though and should be encouraged back into the Black Stars set-up. IMO, he's still our best defensive midfielder. Nadia, talk to Essien o! Anthony Annan would want to disagree but he's not cutting it these days for me. Every good team in Europe needs a pure #6 and for some reason hasn't made it into any of those squads. Derek Boateng is truly the Burger King. Burger as in Boga. He's been everywhere in Europe but England. He's played everywhere but in the goal post. How the mighty have fallen! We miss it when he scored goals.

Kevin Prince-Boateng also scored to give Ghana a famous win over the world's best team. Oh wait, he's not in the Ghana reckoning anymore. So are Dede Ayew, and Jordan Ayew until their father intervenes like he did many times for the Black Stars in the 90's. The European kids must have some issues with ECG. I can't find another reason why. Dede and Jordan can choose to continue the legacy of their father in Marseille, but they must win trophies doing so. And what they've done for Ghana is not enough. Andre - the embodiment of vim - must quickly become the lynchpin of the Black Stars. Kwadwo Asamoah left Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu in the cold of Udinese and has become a bigger star. His star hasn't shone as bright as Emmanuel's for Ghana. They need to become more consistent goal threats. Kwadwo doesn't joke with his Twitter, launching hashtag upon hashtag.

Sulley Muntari has found a way to remain in the spotlight even when not on the field, partly because you can't mistake Menaye Muntari Donkor.Funny enough, his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League was less surprising to me than seeing him start for AC Milan. Osee Konongo Pele! Christian Atsu was named the Ghanaian Messi and we've not seen the goals come. Did he have stage fright in South Africa? Maybe, because he was very disappointing. "Albert! Albert Adomah! Runs down the wing for me!" The chanced-upon-number 10 guy must do more for a more prominent English team and Ghana before he gets a song blaring for him in Kantamanto. Mubarak Wakaso could become our set-piece specialist like Akonnor once was. He's a cool kid who wants to make this happen on and off the field. Solomon Asante has excitement written all over him. Small boy danger. Having him in the squad will make Ghanaians sleep better at night.

Richmond Boakye Yiadom
is the wish we made when we had a bad dream about how far Asamoah Gyan can go. He likes to dance like Baby Jet though. He's coming along in Italy, scoring goals and hanging around Juventus. Emmanuel Clottey is the newest Ishmael Addo. He made Berekum Chelsea a household name and is now perspiring for Esperance. Harrison can get stuck there but not . We need him to be challenging for goalkingship in Europe. Majeed Waris has looked good in Sweden, he's one to look out for. He should score so we can see sensually stunning Swedish women on our local TV sets. After having to live through Ghanaians "love & hate" relationship with him, Asamoah Gyan had had enough. He retired from the Black Stars. He came back as captain. I like Baby Jet. I think we expect way too much from him. He has led us  onto bigger glory and failed to deliver Canaan. We know he loves to dance. We believe he plays soccer so he get the chance to. We simply need a striker better than Asamoah Gyan and that person could be him.

We want trophies! Enuff said.
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