General News of 2014-06-21

Black Stars vrs Germany clash: God will be a Ghanaian today

National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Abraham Amaliba has rallied support for the Ghana Black Stars as they clash with Germany in a make-or-break game tonight.

"My heart is for the Black Stars, but my head tells me it is going to be a difficult game...[nonetheless] God will be a Ghanaian today," he predicted.

After a heart-breaking loss to U.S.A, the Black Stars have made the qualification for the next round of the 2014 World Cup difficult. Ghana needs to beat Germany placed 2nd on the FIFA ranking to revive their hopes of progressing in Brazil. Portugal is the last opponent.

Newsfile panelists, usually political analysts, weighed in on the crucial game.

Former Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea cited authorities in football who have noted Ghana played better than the U.S.A in our first game. He chalked down Ghana's defeat to "player-errors not tactical errors."

Assessing Ghana's toughest opponent yet, Germany, Peoples' National Convention's General Secretary Bernard Mornah said he is unimpressed with the German side despite its 4-nil mauling of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

"They didn't play any quality football…but took their chances," the politician pointed out.

He made reference to a post gone viral on social media which works out Ghana chances based on the team's performance in its first outing at a World Cup in 2006.

He said in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Ghana lost against the teams ranked 13th by FIFA, Italy. But Ghana recovered to beat the 2nd placed team Czech Republic and beat the 4th placed team, U.S and won to qualify for the next round.

The same structure is playing out in 2014 where Ghana has again lost to a 13th placed team, U.S and is set to play the 2nd placed team Germany and 4th placed team Portugal.

Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Kwaku Baako paid respect to the great football played by Germany. Concerning Ghana's chances, he said "it is not a mission impossible".

Expressing his gut feelings, Baako said "as a Ghanaian, what else do you expect me to say? In spite of all the odds...I still have a funny feeling we may cause an upset".

Amaliba said Ghana's chances depend on which starting eleven shows up.

"If it is the Black Stars that will be hungry and disciplined in defence and clinical in their [attacking], I am sure they will cause an upset".