Date: February 5th, 2015
Venue: Nuevo Estadio De Malabo
City: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Time: 21:00 (CAT)
Match Result: Ghana 3 – 0 Equatorial Guinea
Goal Scorers: 1-0, J.Ayew (P) 42′; 2-0, Mubarak Wakaso 45′; 3-0, A.Ayew 75′
The GSV Top Class Award
When football fans imagined how the semifinal between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea would play out, very few would have predicted the images we saw last night. An encounter which began with some enterprising football, particularly from the Ghanaians, led to the Black Stars opening the scoring with 42 minutes on the clock, through a Jordan Ayew penalty that might have been as dubious as the one that saw Equatorial Guinea beat Tunisia in the quarterfinal. Avram Grant’s men continued to push for a second, while the Nzalang Nacional went in search of an equaliser.The push for a leveler, however, made Equatorial Guinea vulnerable at the back, a weakness the Black Stars capitalised on, as Mubarak Wakaso made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time after an excellent transition form the Black Stars.
That was to be the last of the genuine football action we were treated to, as the second goal was followed by unpleasant scenes of disruption from the home fans, who proceeded to throw objects of a varying nature. The game lost it’s ebb and flow as a result, but Ghana were still able to add a third to their scoreline. One must applaud the Ghanaians for their endurance and their mental stability during the course of the match, and we at GSV send the Black Stars into Sunday’s final with the prestigious GSV Top Class Award.
The GSV Class Clown Award
The GSV Class Clown Award must go to the Equatorial Guinea fans. With their team having been fortunate enough to participate in the Afcon 2015 tournament as emergency hosts, they enjoyed a referee assisted fairy-tale run into the semi-finals and they already had enough reason to be chuffed with their lads; yet you give some people an inch and they will bite your whole arm off, once it became evident that they wouldn’t be finalists, they lost it and that is where they won our GSV Class Clown Award. African football was tainted by ungrateful “supporters” that ought to asses themselves and their ability to truly support; they say we ought to be humbled in victory and gracious in defeat, we prayed that no lives were lost in that fracas and our prayers were answered. Now we pray that the Equatoguinean’s that initiated that violent act of thuggery are held accountable for bringing the game into disrepute.
The Grand Stand View
In one of the more highly anticipated games of the competition, we were treated to both sides of the African football coin; great attacking football from two sides that seemed fired up to entertain and win, while we also got to witness the shocking hooliganism that plagues the entire fraternity to this day. It would be great if we didn’t have to bring it up anymore than we already have, yet Equatorial Guinea may have undid a lot of the progress they had made as a football nation in one night of madness; we saw the restless nature of the fans at half-time already and it should have been communicated to the officials on both sides that the match will be abandoned and declared a forfeit in favour of Ghana if the violence continued. What should have gone down as a great clash where a giant defeated a spirited minnow will now be remembered as a game that tainted an extremely competitive 30th edition of Africa’s grandest football showpiece. We credit Ghana for playing a great brand of football, picking up form as the tournament progressed and earning the right to play for the title of Kings of Africa. On that note; we credit the Equatoguinean footballers for amazing us with a great blend of Spanish technical prowess and African artistry on their fairy-tale run, we hope they can atone for the shortcomings of those that were in attendance last night with a positive and endearing performance in the 3rd/4th place play-off and leave us all with a more positive memory of the Nzalang Nacional.