With just five days until the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicks off, supporters are worried after Ghana’s dismal performance in a goalless draw against Namibia in a pre-tournament friendly on Monday.
The Black Stars were disappointed not to secure a victory that would have given them confidence ahead of the AFCON in the game, which was played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi and opened to the public for free.
Expectations were high among the fans, who turned up hoping for an impressive display and a win. However, the players fell short of meeting these expectations, leading to some fans expressing their dissatisfaction. Namibia, one of the lower-ranked teams heading into the AFCON, managed to secure a draw, undoubtedly boosting their confidence.
The dull performance against Namibia adds to the concerns surrounding the Black Stars, who have struggled to impress in previous games. Black Stars coach Chris Hughton may be feeling the pressure as doubts arise among Ghanaians.
Despite the optimism surrounding the game being played at the Baba Yara Stadium, Ghana’s performance on Monday was far from satisfactory. Throughout both halves, the team failed to deliver a compelling performance and did not deserve a victory.
The goalless draw against Namibia marks the fifth occasion under Hughton’s management where the Black Stars have failed to score in a game. With their first match in Ivory Coast against Cape Verde approaching, the Black Stars will need significant improvement in the coming days. The group stage also includes challenging opponents such as Egypt, and Ghana will conclude their group stage campaign against Mozambique.