AFCON2015:FINALS Ghana vs Ivory Coast
Ghana sets up finals with Ivory Coast in a game that will be remembered for crowd trouble instead of the great display by Ghana.What a shame for #EQG #AFCON2015 #CAF.This is a tournament that has been so far successful given the short notice.Ironically fans are getting irate for a game that they were not even to be in.Tunisia had a legitimate complain for the bad referring of the game they lost to Equatorial Guinea.They should expect fines and a band of the stadium as well.In this era of social media nothing goes un noticed
Ghana meanwhile dominated the game after Jordan Ayew scored from the penalty spot.Wakaso scored a beauty to make it 2-0 just before halftime.Equatorial Guinea tried hard after halftime to get back into the game.Ghana was just too good and composed for them.Ghana added a third goal with Ayew’s cool finish at the end of a beautiful move.8 minutes to the end of the game the fans decided they had enough.The game restarted and Ghana went ahead to win 3-0
Ghana will face Ivory Coast in finals.CIV won the trophy in 1992 while Ghana won it 10 years before,in 1982.This sets up a great finals for two nations that have been second best to Egypt,Zambia and Nigeria in the past decade.
Players to look at in the Ivory Coast side will be Yaya and Bony.These two need to be on top of their game come Sunday to give Ivory Coast the edge.I see Gervinho a step behind these guys because he has not been on top of his game this tournament.He is a player that needs space to play with and i do not see Ghana giving him that in the finals.However he can be a dangerous player in counter attacking football.Shall we see Toite back into the squad?Midfield battle will be key to who wins the nations cup.Defense is the weakness for this Ivorian team and their Goalkeeper will be tested come Sunday
Players to watch in the Ghana side will be Gyan who was reserved today due to injury.Andre Ayew for me will be the key for Ghana.His performance can stop Aurier on that left hand side.It can stop CIV from playing with a 3 man back formation as game progresses.That 3 back formation means CIV can have more men in midfield to help keep possession for them.Ghana will have to defend free kicks and crosses.Gradel and Aurier enjoy using that right side of the attack to cause trouble.That will be the strength for the Ivorian team.Bony is good in the air and Yaya is a dead ball specialist.The stage is set for a champion to be crowned and for player of tournament as well.Andre can take that crown of player of tournament with a good display in the finals
Can Avram Grant be a first time winner by out classing Renard this Sunday?Grant will need to focus on keeping the ball and spreading the field for Ghana.Players like Ayew and Atsu need to see the ball in wide areas.yew on that left can be dangerous and help restrict Serge Aurier from moving forward.These guys are fast and can cause major damage for CIV.CIV is not good at defending speed as we saw in group stages against teams like Guinea and Mali.Renard will prefer a slow game.Many free kicks.That will play into the type of game that he had against Cameroon.Slow pace and using free kicks and corners as opportunities for their very athletic players.Renard won his first with Zambia and is looking to make history again with Ivory Coast