Give Us Victory, Stars!

black starsGhana’s Black Stars will this evening play Zambia’s Chipolopolo in a fate-defining reverse game of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The Stars are on 13 points – a point richer than their opponents, and need just a draw in today’s assignment, to book a place in the final qualifying game of two legs.

For the Zambians, anything less than victory would see that nation’s long-cherished dream of a debut World Cup appearance, go up in flames once again.

Almost certainly, this is the slump the Chipolopolo want to avoid and many continental football experts expect them to go all out fight with the strength of Matadors, and grab that stunning result at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Indeed, the Zambians have been talking tough, as well playing the mind game, ahead of today’s epic tie – promising to crush the Stars, at their own backyard.

Much as it is the supreme belief of the Times that the Stars have the capacity and wherewithal to call the loud bluff of Zambia, it is equally important that they do not take anything for granted. They must approach the game, with all the seriousness it deserves.

Indeed, there is nothing to take for granted, when you consider the fact that only last year, the Zambians upstaged the Stars by 1-0 in the semi-final of the Gabon/Equatorial Guinea Nations Cup tournament. This same result they repeated in the first leg game of the Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier, in Ndola, last year.

For the Times, it is heart-warming to see the return into the fold of the Stars, Michael Essien, Andre Dede Ayew and especially Kevin Prince Boateng  whose dazzling form should stir the team to gel, and shove the Zambians away.

Evidently, the Zambians were shaken by the inclusion of the dynamic trio, but responded rather strategically that the players’ addition was going to create a world of confusion in the Stars’ set-up. Clearly, another mind game which the technical team, led by Kwesi Appiah must be all-too familiar with.

The Times is very optimistic that the Stars will fly high today, and beat the Zambians soundly, but urges the Asamoah Gyan-led side to make their chances count.

Gyan demonstrated how dangerous he is, when he came off the bench in the second half to redeem the Stars from a discomforting 0-2 deficit to Turkey, in last month’s 2-2 friendly.

We pray for more of this high-quality performance from Gyan this evening, as we get ready to cartwheel into the last phase of Brazil 2014.

Indeed, Zambia can’t stop us from marching into the land of the famed Samba dance. We dare say that whoever is given the opportunity to don the national colours must be prepared to die a little for the nation. It is a must! For, we cannot afford to miss the boat!
Good luck, Stars!

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