by Leodegar Tenga
It was very pleasing to see an African team in Ghana progress to the Round of 16. All of us Africans are looking for the teams from the continent to do well and show the strength of African football. It is extremely important we can show the world that we can do well here, and it is important for the tournament as well. And of course it is always important that the host continent and nation does well and performs with pride.
I am very happy that Ghana did well as they a young team with plenty of promise. They are an attacking team and they look for goals. I’m very proud of this team and they can do well in the future. Certainly, they are one of the bright hopes for African football. They are technically very good, they are capable of fast passing and good movement in attack, though of course being a young team they are inexperienced at this level. For me the fact they employed positive tactics is a revelation as not all teams at the tournament have done that. It will be a great contest against USA and a very tough match but I have confidence in their ability.
I saw the way all the African teams played and mostly they put up excellent performances. They fought extremely hard and had some great moments in attack. They fought hard, but I think they could have done better if they were mentally prepared a little better. Mostly they played very good final matches, unlike the first two group matches. They struggled a little with the pressure, but more so the mental preparation. You need to be prepared to concentrate for 90 minutes at this level.