Ex-Black Stars defender, John Paintsil has said that, the Black Stars gave away the opportunity to beat Ethiopia on Thursday.
Ghana were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia in their penultimate Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.
The Black Stars, who are desperate to qualify for the next World Cup, took the lead through captain, Andre Ayew’s 22nd minute free kick. Despite a lethargic output after the goal, they held on to the slim lead into the break.
Ghana will however plunge their hopes of the next World Cup slot into despair after allowing their lead slip in the second half.
Ethiopia, who are out of the World Cup qualifying race, never rested on their oars when they drew level with 72 minutes played from Getaneh Kebede at close range.
The draw leaves Ghana on 10 points as South Africa but the Bafana Bafana have a clash against Zimbabwe at the First National Bank Stadium and could take a three points lead with a victory.
John Paintsil said: “The South Africans are more dangerous than the Ethiopians.
“We should have learned from what we experienced when we played them [Ethiopia] in Ghana; that they are a passing ball team who also want to play the ball on the grass.
“But they’ve [Black Stars] given it to them.
“They [Black Stars] gave it out.” John Paintsil said on GTV SportsPlus.
Ghana must begin to pin their hopes on Zimbabwe holding South Africa to a draw on Thursday evening or pull a surprise victory so a win in Ghana against the Bafana Bafana will send them into the next stage of the qualifiers.
A victory for South Africa will see them go three points clear off the Black Stars with a final game at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, November 14 to decide who goes to the next stage. Goals will decided which country qualifies if Ghana and South share same points. The Black Stars have now been caught up in a tight corner with resort to “mathematics and hopes.”