WC 2010: Can Ghana scale German hurdle?

Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- Ghana will be presented with perhaps the most difficult assignment at the ongoing World Cup with a make-or-break tie against Germany in the final Group D game at the Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday.
For the Black Stars, a draw will be enough to see them through to the next stage of the competition, while a win will see them topping the group, but these will not come without a fight.
With records going in favour of the Germans, as all previous meetings at every level have gone their way, the Black Stars will need to go the extra mile to survive in the game and the competition as well.
With the Bochum Disaster still on their minds - as the last meeting between the senior sides of the two nations in an international friendly saw the Germans whacking Ghana 6-1 - this should definitely be a psychological boost for them.
However, Ghana's Hans Adu Sarpei, who grew up in Germany, believes the stakes are different now, adding that the German side is beatable.
"All we need to do is to capitalise on their weak defensive system and we shall get our results," he said.
His comments seem to have been corroborated by Vice chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Fred Papoe, who said in an interview that both sides are coming into the game with different players and management, hence they are confident of going through no matter the level of opposition.
Suggestions that Kevin Prince Boateng could be moved to an attacking role, and a midfield option for Sulley Muntari or an introduction of Samuel Nkoom on the right side attack, might - if carried out - result in a more bite up front for the Stars on the day.
Luckily for the defence, the comeback of John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah in the hearts of defence will be a sure bet for a more stability.

22 june 2010 13:28:00

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