Like millions of other Ghanaians I just finished watching the Black Stars lose miserably to the Netherlands in an international friendly in Rotterdam.

It was an embarrassing 4-1 trouncing.

It’s the worst score line in recent friendly matches for any of the teams preparing for the World Cup in South Africa. It underlines the team’s weaknesses and clearly points to a possibility that Milovan Rajevac’s players could be the whipping boys in South Africa.

If this is the team we are sending to the World Cup then I am considering taking a hefty bank loan to bet against them.

Stephen Appiah moves with all the speed of a loaded articulator truck. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie played like a baker in a surgical theatre. Derek Boateng seemed to be more interested in making friends with the Dutch players. Young Adiyiah threw petulant tantrums and months of warming the bench at Wigan and the over-consumption of ‘kalypo’ seems to have finally taken a heavy toll on Richard Kingson: he appears to have lost all his reflexes.

In summary, this is a very beatable squad. Against world-class opponents, they will be smashed to smithereens. It’s all good that most Ghanaians expect nothing but the best from them. But everyone should be well advised to prepare for the worst.

Call me a doom-monger, if you may. But I can see a footballing disaster waiting to happen in South Africa.


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