After surviving a scare from The Gambia in their eliminating game of the ongoing WAFU Cup competition, Ghana’s Black Stars B must now make their intentions clearer as they start the group campaign with the opening game against the Syli Nationale of Guinea at the Cape Coast stadium today.
The Black Stars B, who sold out a lucklustre performance in their first game of the competition, managed to sail through to the group stage after benefiting from an injury time spot kick last Saturday to get to the group stage.
However, against the Syli Nationale of Guinea, the Black Stars B, who are eyeing the WAFU Cup as a compensation for missing out on next year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN), must live above reproach and improve on their game if their dream of going all the way to the final is to be a reality.
So far, the Stars are yet to convince their fans of their intentions and the game against the Guineans will be the perfect chance to make it up to their fans for their CHAN miss. Coach Maxwell Konadu may have confidence in his team, but the players will have to let that confidence reflect in their performance on the pitch, given that their opponents will not come cheap.
The Guineans put up a good fight and won 2-1 against Guinea- Bissau to reach the group stage and if their performance is anything to go by, then the Black Stars B have a lot of problems to contend with.
Coach Konadu’s trusted players such as Patrick Razak, Felix Addo, Kwame Kizito, Skipper Isaac Twum, Vincent Atinga, Stephen Sarfo, Winful Cobbinah and their counterparts must therefore avoid any form of complacency to be able to carry the day and move on for their next game of the competition.
Despite the home advantage and support for the Ghanaians, Guinea coach Hamidou Camara will be inspired by Abdoulaye Camara and Seko Keita who could punish any team on a good day.
Nigeria would take on Mali in Cape Coast at 3 p.m. in the first group match.