GHANA 5 vs 1 TOGO: 4 Things We Learned As Electrifying Kwabena Owusu Runs Riot Featured
19 Dec

GHANA 5 vs 1 TOGO: 4 Things We Learned As Electrifying Kwabena Owusu Runs Riot

The Black Meteors were far from their flowing best, especially in the first half, but they produced the quality moments in the game and in the end ran out comfortable winners at Kumasi.

Kwabena Owusu, Naseem Yakubu and Osman Bukari’s goals were all Ghana needed to be victors.

Here are four things we learned from the brutal humiliation of the Togolese at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Kwabena Owusu gives Meteors a new lease of life

The Black Meteors have regularly been undermined by a lack of pace and goalscoring prowess in the final third. All too often, Ibrahim Tanko’s lad’s little-to-no threat when it really mattered.

Not now, for with the presence of Salamanca CF forward Kwabena Owusu, Tanko’s side finally have at least one player capable of hitting the back of the net with some sort of regularity.

With Togo on the front foot in the first half, Owusu’s willing running and skills sparked something in both a quiet stadium and his teammates to swing the balance Ghana’s way in the second half.

His example in pressing intelligently from the front encouraged others to follow suit. His performance gave supporters a tantalizing glimpse of what they’ve been missing for some time now.

He got a hat-trick and was adjudged the Most Valuable Player. If he continues in this vein, he will surely be one of the players to replace Asamoah Gyan when Ghana’s all-time leading scorer finally draws the curtain down on his successful Black Stars career.

It didn’t take long for intensity to drop for Tanko’s charges

Ghana started the game with great gusto, exerting their authority on their opponents, popping the ball around at speed and making Togo do plenty running but failed to score to more goals put the game beyond Togo during their best moments of the game with their attacking play fizzling out later in the first half and got punished in a dramatic fashion in the dying embers of the half when Klidje Thibault cancelled out Kwabena Owusu’s earlier strike.

Their performance especially in the first half showed the Black Meteors were a work in progress. Slow at the back, practically non-existent in midfield and overwhelmed in attack. They will surely need time to get to the top.

Togo gave good account of themselves

The scoreline may hint at a comfortable game for Black Meteors, but that was not the case for periods of the game.

Granted, Ghana did create numerous chances and could even have won by a healthier margin, Abalo Yaovi Jean- Paul’s charges are accomplished in possession and willingness to try and play around the Ghana press; although they did not have many scoring opportunities of their own in the second half, they did a good job of disrupting their opponent’s rhythm and making it difficult for the Black Meteors to build up a head of steam before the interval.

This was a disappointing-if expected-result from a Togo perspective, but there were still positives to take from their display.

The West Africans must now play above themselves and overturn the result in the return fixture to keep their chances of progression alive.

Ghana’s experience trumped Togo’s lack of belief

As good as Togo were at times during the game, they didn’t go for the jugular at any point. It was easy to see Abalo’s plan, stay in the game and pounce at the right moment just as they did in their previous games. They had chances of their own in the first half to have won the day but unfortunately spurned them.

They weren’t bad on the day but were too inexperienced to believe they were capable to go past Ghana and it showed after the interval which led to their defeat.

 

By: Godfred Budu Yeboah

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