Zortiah Can Help Lone Star
By Wleh Bedell
Though not part of the original listing called by hand
picked coach Kaytu Smith, Spanish Third Division outfit AD
Villaviciosa De Odan deadly left bomber James Garmongar
Zortiah can still make the final listing in boarding the
plane for the Lions Den, Senegal, for the weighty 2014 match
day 1 group qualifier against the 2002 World Cup quarter
finalists on June 2.
The rampaging winger cum full back who is currently on
holiday and has since started training with the rest of his
international teammates, is no doubt an asset as his vast
speed, quick pace, God sent left foot, indefatigable ball
winning instinct and whole hearted approach can help the
Lone Star in such torrid encounter in unfamiliar territory.
From all indication, the Lone Star will implore a negative
formation, and judging from the preponderance of strikers as
well as widemen, the team could adapt a more flexible
4-2-3-1 formation where a flat back four will be greatly
protected by a double pivot in the middle of the park, and
then a three-man midfield in advanced form with two wide men
scampering down the channels, but not neglecting defensive
duties as well and a midfielder cum striker with much gift
technically and play making attributes.
Such player will need to provide the ammunition or defense
splitting passes for the lone man upfront who will be leggy
as the match progresses, but must notwithstanding be able to
shield the ball or keep it in waiting for playmates to be
released for his side to have some attacking threats that
will be few and far between.
Also, the team is expected to soak or absorb the pressure in
showcasing the waiting game with emphaisis on possession but
with the element of surprise not ignored via a brutal
counter attacking game.
Indeed, any coach engaging in such high profile away contest
will encourage his charges to keep the ball, be calm and
patient and be very effective in dealing with the dead balls
or set pieces from an attacking stand point as the chances
from open play will be very few and far far between.
Thus, players who have the ability to work in winning balls,
closing down opponents, have good work ethics and be able to
cover lots of grounds are required for such huge contest
with Zortiah certainly fitting in such category.
As a full back, the former Liberia Black Star man can move
upfront with much grace and elegance as he can be a handful
in being lethal during the attack and accurate under
pressure. in lateral midfiel or wide areas, the work-horse
can provide width as his clever measured crosses can
unsettle opposing defenders and goalkeepers. Thus, he can
effectively combine with the rest of his international
colleagues in a match that will welcome kaitu Smith to the
international football folklore at the highest level.
As it is often said "it is good to lose with your best" and
if the Lone Star is to lose in Dakar, it is advisable the
best players be paraded and Zortiah is inarguably amongst
the best the country can boast of.