Sulley's Super Strike Saves Ghana

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 20 January 2008
The African Nations Cup finally kicked off today with host nation Ghana taking on Guinea.

The home fans have placed high expectations on the team and they're one of the favourites to win the tournament along with the Ivory Coast. They almost suffered a blow today though if it wasn't for Pompey's most expensive player.

It was a good game to watch with plenty of chances, mainly for Ghana who were dominant in the first half and hit the post a few times. Muntari and Essien were impressive whilst Asamoah Gyan wasted a couple of good opportunities.

In the second half Ghana took the lead with a penalty from Gyan but Guinea shocked the hosts after Kalabane's from a corner header crossed the line. It looked like Ghana were going to get off to a stuttering start...

Step up, Sulley Muntari who unleashed a bullet with his left foot in the 90th minute to break Guinea hearts and send the home crowd into raptures. For selfish reasons it's not a good result for Pompey fans who want to see our best players return ASAP but the goal deserved to win any game.

Ghana still have to play Morocco and Namibia in their group but I already fancy them to get through the group stages. I don't think they'll win the whole tournament as they lack firepower up front whilst the Ivory Coast and Nigeria have many quality strikers at their disposal.

Senegal and Nigeria are the other African teams with Pompey players in the squad. Nigeria start their campaign tomorrow against the Ivory Coast and Senegal begin their quest for the cup against Tunisia on Wednesday.

But tonight, a Pompey player will be the toast of an entire country.

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