Ahinful: Stars must exploit Tunisia’s weakness

Author: Isaac Piyuori
Augustine Ahinful

Former Black Stars striker, Augustine Ahinful, has prompted the Black Stars to look out for and capitalise on the weaknesses of their Tunisian counterparts ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Round16 game this afternoon.

 

According to Ahinful, though the North Africas are a good side and will go into the game prepared to pull an upset, they have weaknesses, especially with goalkeeping, which the Blacks Stars can take advantage of.


“They did not win a game at the group stages which means they have a problem. They also have goalkeeping problems since they have tried all their three goalkeepers in all the three games,” he said in an interview with the Daily Graphic.


The Black Stars have enjoyed total dominance over the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia since 1963 and will look to reinforce this dominance today. Out of the 17 matches played between the two sides, Ghana have recorded 10 wins, while their Tunisian counterparts have managed four wins with three draws.


However, the Tunisians are yet to record a win against the Black Stars in an AFCON tournament. Their best performance in an AFCON against Ghana was a 1-1 draw game in 1963.


While the record looks good for Ghana, Ahinful, who played for Ghana in the 2000 AFCON, however cautioned the Stars not to be complacent, reminding them of the upsets so far recorded at this stage and how the Tunisians would also be out to cause an upset.


“The Round of 16 results have provided some shocking results. Teams that were underestimated rather ended up winning. That is what the Tunisians will be out to do and the Stars must guard against being complacent.


“They cannot base their performance on history. The team will have to do what will get them a win. Winning matches are based on current performance and that is what we should concentrate on, he said.


The Black Stars got a crucial 2-0 win over Guinea Bissau last Monday to secure their advancement to the second round of the ongoing AFCON tournament. The win was also enough to move them to the top as Group F leaders on superior goals ahead of Cameroun who were held to a goalless drawn game by Benin.