The Black Stars qualified for the fourth time in their history in the World Cup after eliminating Nigeria in the play-offs thanks to a 1-1 draw last March in Abuja, and the Black Stars fell into a fairly homogeneous group, along with Portugal, South Korea and South Korea. Uruguay.
For former international Hans Sarpy, this Ghanaian side has something to play for, provided they quickly show team cohesion:
“We Ghana are full of surprises. We have a team that can hurt anyone, but if we don’t all play together, anyone can beat us. We don’t know exactly where Ghana is nowthought the former side.
“In 2010 we were on the mend, with players who had been playing together for years. This is not the case, and existing players will have to quickly find the magic formula. But I trust our coach, Otto Addo, and I think we can get through the group stage.“
Do not hide from the opponent
Passed by Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen or Schalke 04, Hans Sarpy believes the Black Stars have something to play for. After all, Ghana will be led by brothers Ayew, Andre and Jordan, as well as midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Kodos. Quality guarantees according to Sarpy:
“We don’t have to hide from anyone. If players can play together, they can beat anyone. Otto Addo’s task will be to find the right tactical balance to find fault with the opponent. And I think that’s what we’ll see.“
Otto Addo has been in charge of the Black Stars since February 2022
Defense is the weak point?
If Ghana does not have to be ashamed of the quality of its players up front, the danger could come from behind. Again because the team doesn’t know each other well and their preparation was relatively short. But for Hans Sarpei, the salvation of this team will come through the collective:
“I say our weakness is defense. It was not rehearsed, and besides, we lost our honorary goalkeeper. But even if the defense and the goalkeeper are seen as our weaknesses, I’m convinced we can get out of it if the whole team works together.“
Ghana will start the competition on November 24 against Portugal. But the meeting that everyone is waiting for will be held on the second of December against Uruguay, which prevented him from qualifying for the semi-finals of 2010.
The famous hand of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez against Ghana in 2010