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Africa Cup of Nations - Day Five

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Hold on to your hats people - we’re in for a bumpy ride as we head back down to Accra for Thursday’s Nations Cup games.

Forget about the wonder strikes, the late goals and the excitement, the pitch at the Ohene Djan stadium has been one of the main talking points so far.

Maybe the playing surface will be a leveller today as the hosts and Morocco look to book their places in the quarter-finals.

The Atlas Lions are first up against Guinea at 1700 GMT and will be full of confidence after thrashing Namibia 5-1 in their opening game on Monday.

And the Brave Warriors will have to live up to their nickname if they’re going to give Ghana a run for their money in the day’s second game at 1930 GMT.

The Black Stars had to rely on a late Sulley Muntari thunderbolt to give them an opening day 2-1 victory over Guinea, but another win today and they'll be through to the quarters a week on Sunday.

We’ve seen all the teams in action now so I want your opinions on what teams and players have impressed you during the first week.

As usual you can have your say, no matter where you are in the world, via this here forum and we want plenty of debate to liven up today’s Clockwatch.

Enjoy.

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posted Jan 24, 2008

Pre-tournament i said i thought John Paintsil and James Chamanga were vastly underrated players and Ghana's unsung hero at the last WC and Zambia's dangerman respectively.

After seeing them again, twice and once so far, i stand even more behind those comments.

Cannot wait 'til tomorrows double header. What a cracking pair of games they should be.

Although i feel they'll lose tomorrow, you'll see why Benin are a very good side themselves and would probably come out of most other groups and that is saying something.

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posted Jan 24, 2008

I’m disappointed in the striking ability of the Black Stars, but all is not lost at this point- defiantly disappointed with Ghana’s performance against Namibia.

-Larry - New York

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posted Jan 24, 2008

"I am a Nottingham Forest Season Ticket Holder and I think that Juniour Agogo is having a good tornament so far."

Can only agree with that so far. Been very impressed with him.

Players club sides goes out the window in international terms. Totally different game as we've seen at every makor tourney over the years where apparent nobodies embarrass 'hreat' players.

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posted Jan 24, 2008

Those who are raving/raved about Egypt and Morocco.

Be wary of impressive teams in groups. Past history in all football shows group impressers rarely go on to win.

Last tourney, the WC, Spain and Argentina looked good, France didn't.

It's historic.

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comment by Cre0021 (U3560066)

posted Jan 25, 2008

Even though I never thought Ghana would win 5-1, I thought we could at least manage 3-0 or something. Ghana needs to create more chances and put some of them away. No other team in the tournament would let them win a game where they played so badly. Having said that 2 wins in 2 matches = 6 points be they beautiful or not.

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comment by Cre0021 (U3560066)

posted Jan 25, 2008

I think baby Gyan put in a better performance than Asamoah Gyan when he came on, however neither of them should be called a striker!! Owusu Abeyie is just a waste of time!! He's got the pace, but it takes him no where, cos he hasn't got the ball control to go with it. I haven't seen him pick out a good pass or make a telling run into the box. And don't even get me started on the step overs!!. Dede Ayew is good, but he needs some sense talked into his young head. Leave the tricks and flicks for when you're 5-1 up.

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posted Jan 25, 2008

I well and truly believe Ghana will go out on Monday. The bad result Morocco had is just what the doctor ordered. They'll be less complacent come Monday, and very determined to prove a point. It should be a cracking game for the neutral, but I'll obviously be having kittens.

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posted Jan 25, 2008

Despite Ghana's two victories, I don't see them progressing above the 1/4 finals. If not for the home support that they have and hence a superiority complex over small teams like Namibia, they would have been in problems. But they would not be able to contain the pressure from Africa's finest teams in the likes of Ivory Coast, Nigeria etc in the next round of the competition. Ghana needs to work very hard if they want to gain the admiration of football pundits and fanatics the world wide.

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posted Jan 25, 2008

i think you are right.Asamoah djan is not a good striker at all.He gets 20 chances and squander 19 0f them ,what is this? God save Ghana.Where is Dramani ,does the coach hate him,he is better than Asamoah Djan.Where are the local strikers who have been making their teams product?

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comment by U10858531

posted Jan 25, 2008

Ghana will not win the cup as their forwards are useless. Junior Agogo? I don't think they're good enough.

I think Ivory Coast will Coast it 3-0 today and Mali may get a draw against Nigeria as Berti Vogts is the worst coach I have seen. I'm Scottish so I know from experience!

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