1- Christian Atsu is a force to reckon with
Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu pulled off a Man of the Match performance providing a constant attacking threat to Ugandan fullback Joseph Ochaya down the right flank and was a standout attraction, his agility, pace and skill on the ball bringing the Ghanaian offensive to life every time the ball met his feet causing numerous problems to the Ugandan defense and will have to pull off a string of equally consistent performances throughout the remaining games as the Black Stars launch their bid for a fifth AFCON title.
Ugandan goalkeeper Dennis Onyango reasserted his position as Africa’s number one goalkeeper with yet another great performance that amounted to 4 saves to deny Ghana, the most prolific being his late acrobatic save to deny Newcastle midfielder Christian Atsu. The only downside to his night will be conceding to a well taken 32nd minute penalty executed by Westham forward Andre Ayew.
3- Thomas Partey is one for the future
The man from the Vicente Calderon at the Spanish capital who was at the heart of the Ghanaian midfield was the second best player on the turf of the Stade de Port Gentil. Partey, rumored to be making a move to Southampton was Sharp, Versatile and often calm with the ball at his feet.
4-Ghana need to do better
Although the black stars started their campaign with all three points in a very tough group, their performances against Uganda were woeful and unconvincing. Arguably the most simple of opponents that they will have to face in the group, Ghana struggled to beat the cranes who were returning after a 39-year-wait, their only goal coming in from a penalty. Coming into the fixture, the black stars were expected to see off a side that lacks in quality and experience, a task they unconvincingly did. Ghana is favored to be the tournament title contender but have to do better if they fancy reaching far.
5. Possession doesn’t win Games.
The black stars secured all three points despite their woeful performances against the tournament’s underdog highlighting very importantly that in such tournaments it doesn’t matter how you win, the important thing is that you win. Uganda saw more of the ball but conceded a penalty that denied them a point or three.