Four time winners of the African Cup of Nations, Ghana is already playing her first most crucial game of this 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Big games demand big players, as Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon has demonstrated at this AFCON netting two braces to qualify Cameroon to the Round of 16 already.
The performance of the Gabonese against Comoros, deprived of their star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to Covid-19 issues, means Friday’s showdown in Yaounde will not be a tough one.
But which Black Stars player is going to step up to do what Aboubakar has done for the Indomitable Lions?
Jordan Ayew has struggled for goals for more than a full season and he does not draw confidence at the moment and nothing much can be said of the likes of Boakye Yiadom and Benjamin Tetteh.
This is not to demand the exact output of the Cameroonian striker at this tournament. But what I am interested in is the warrior attitude of Aboubakar. His mentality in front of goal. His confidence and the commitment to wet the shirt for his country. That is what we did not see from our players/attackers against Morocco.
Defeated by the North Africans on the opening day of the tournament, the Black Stars need to win against the Panthers of Gabon on Friday night to brighten their Round of 16 chances.
Note that a draw for Gabon and a Morocco win or draw against Comoros will still put Morocco and Gabon (1-0 winners over Comoros) ahead of the Group as the automatic teams to qualify to the next stage. Therefore Friday’s encounter with the team of Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang, Aaron Boupendza and co is a must win for Milovan Rajevac and his charges.