Black Stars Performance Needs To Be Improved

Black Stars head coach Otto Addo has under pressure from former Ghana international Augustine Ahinful to address the team’s poor start to games, which has resulted in them giving up a lot of goals in the first halves of recent games.

Augustine Ahinful thinks Otto Addo needs to change the way the Black Stars have traditionally performed better in the second half of games. He mentioned that the group needs to be able to finish games strong after a solid start.

“We had two different halves in the two games we played (against Mali and against CAR). “If I say two different halves, it means that we perform differently in the first half than we do in the second,” the player stated.

“I hope that going forward, we can start with the performance we saw in the second half of the last two games. It could be challenging for us to catch up in some of the countries if we fall behind.

“As the coach stated, we should hold him accountable for the first half’s performance; it’s not like he committed any errors, but it’s likely that he overanalyzed his options. Thus, his strategy in the first half has consistently differed from ours in the second; this was the case in both Mali and Kumasi, he told JoySports.

The Black Stars were defeated 2-1 by Nigeria in the first half of Otto Addo’s first game in his second term as Ghana’s coach. In their second friendly match, a 1-1 draw with Uganda, the team likewise gave up in the first half.

The situation persisted into the World Cup qualifying round, as the Black Stars gave away the opening goal against Mali. In order to win the game 2-1 in Bamako, the team had to rally from behind.

The Black Stars scored the first goal in their 4-3 victory over the Central African Republic at home in Kumasi, but they fell down 2-1 at the half.

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