2014 World Cup: Ex-France star Marcel Desailly unsure about Ghana's chances, tips Ivory Coast for semis

Marcel Desailly

Marcel Desailly

Former France captain Marcel Desailly has predicted Ghana will struggle at the 2014 World Cup but remains buoyant about Cote D’voire’s  chances of progressing to the last four in Brazil. 

The Ghanaian-born international feels the Black Stars will face a difficult task of progressing from a group which comprises of Europeans heavyweights Germany and Portugal as well as USA.

The Black Stars will open their campaign against the Yankes in Natal on Monday eager to start on a good footing before clashing with Germany and Cristiano Ronaldo’s led Portugal.

Desailly expects the Ivorians to become Africa’s torch bearers.

“I believe in Ghana, but I think that among all the African teams, Côte D’Ivoire have a greater potential. Much of Ivorian players are first-choice in major European clubs,” he told Footbal.fr.

“For me, Côte D’Ivoire have a potential and they can get to the semi-finals.

“Ghana is in a very difficult group comprising of Germany, Portugal and USA and their chances are pretty tough.”

Despite being touted as underdogs in previous tournaments, the Africans have surpassed expectations by qualifying to the round 16 and quarter-final stages in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

On paper, Ivory Coast seems to have a rather easy task as they are drawn against Colombia, Japan and Greece in group C.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. texas says:

    Who cares what he thinks…..they always underestimate Ghana but it’s okay because we believe in ourselves and what we are capable of.

  2. texas says:

    And you call yourself a Ghanaian. I think he’s just praying that AA fails so he can have the last laugh. You will be put to shame.

  3. 21guns says:

    Ideas are like noses everyone has his own, different shapes and sizes… I don’t blame him that his idea

  4. spellBOUND says:

    He can think and say all he wants. after all it is his opinion. we have faith in the stars to make us proud again… monday cannot get here soon enough..

  5. benny says:

    Who cares what he says.After all his blah blah,has he ever even manage under six before?
    Jealous fool.Don’t know why I clueless leaders offered him the black stars job in 2004 or whatever.No wonder Glen Johnson calls them armchair coaches.
    If AA makes the right selection devoid if favouritism , all those fools with chicken opinion will be put to shame.Ivory coast myfoot.

  6. benny says:

    Who cares what he says.After all his blah blah,has he ever even manage under six before?
    Jealous fool.Don’t know why our clueless leaders offered him the black stars job in 2004 or whatever.No wonder Glen Johnson calls them armchair coaches.
    If AA makes the right selection devoid of favouritism , all those fools with chicken opinion will be put to shame.Ivory coast myfoot.

  7. ypipim says:

    Hmmm is this what he thinks of us n he wanted us to hand him the Black Stars??? Or if he was to be in charge, that would have been a different analysis??? He is a very selfish guy n I pray he doesn’t get anywhere close to the team, now or ever

  8. Eben says:

    @ Texas, It is time for you and my fellow Ghanaians to be realistic about the black stars, because we are not going to make it far in this World Cup.

  9. banger says:

    I STILL DNT GET WHY PEOPLE ARE UNDER ESTIMATING THE STARS. DO U THINK WE THERE TO PLAY AROUND. WE WILL SHOCK THE WHILE WORLD AGAIN INCLUDIN U EBEN.EVEN WHEN WE PLAYED HOLLAND WE USED TEAM B BUT WE PLAYED OK.LOOK LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CHANGED THE GAME UP FOR THE S KOREA FRIENDLY. WE WILL SEE ON THE FIELD,

    • Johnny says:

      Folks,maybe Ghana is not that bad. We lost to the Dutch 1-0 with mostly our B-team players. The Dutch just walloped Spain 5-1, playing the same players Ghana met. Kwarasey was great looking back and comparing him with Casillas. Let’s believe we can beat both Germany and Portugal.

      BTW, how is Warris?

  10. texas says:

    @Eben….are you telling us that you will go for job interview with a defeated mind and soul because there are or candidates you think are better than?
    Or because you fear the challenges? why go in the first place?

  11. Cinci USA says:

    We have been there before in 2006. It was Italy, Czech republic, USA and Ghana and we made out the group to the knock out round. Czech Republic was ranked 2nd in the world going into the 06 world cup and still could not make. I personally believe Marcel Desailly will never coach the black stars with this attitude, Otto Addo will one day surpass Marcel Desailly and coach the Black stars.

  12. Kuukuphilly says:

    All cause he did not get the coaching job….shame on u..

  13. Mumbi says:

    @ Ghanaboy, I heard your insult but you mistaken it for your idiotic farther bcoz I can never associate my self to witches names of Bonsam and Selfmade. Desaily is right, Ghana does’nt have a quality team to progress from that group. If some one says Ghana will win WC, he bcomes sensebale analyst and your darling. But if others says it can never happens u call him names. Lets wait and see the knowledgaball ones.

  14. risky says:

    Desailly always tips ivory coast ahead of Ghana and on each occasion he is been proven wrong by the black stars… Is only a fool who doesn’t change his mind

  15. awass says:

    who cares about what he says.fuck dem all

  16. Philip Kwaku Ampomah says:

    he can say all he can about the Ghanaians cos no matter what he says,we are always proud of the Ghanaian team and i know they will deliver and give a surprise smile on our fsces

  17. Capo di Capi says:

    Opinions are like noses, everyone’s got one. You expressed yours, and that’s his opinion about the team yet. Why this belligerent attitude? Because he’s a Ghanaian must he say we’re going to win the trophy? We must learn to respect each others opinion.
    GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA.

  18. banger says:

    THIS MUMBI GUY THE TO I LET EATER. YOU BACK HERE AGAIN HA.AFTER ALL THE INSULTS WE RAINED ON U U STILL DID NOT LEAN.I SAW YOUR PICTURS ON FACEBOOK AND U ONE UGLY DUDE.U LOOK VERY UNCIVILIZE WITH YOUR 1940 HAIRCUT,

  19. OGYA says:

    He needs to get lost. What a moron.

  20. Stone roc says:

    Ghana wil surely do it again. Mumbi n so call Marcel, shame shame with ur stupid talks

  21. Stone roc says:

    Ghana wil surely do it again. Mumbi n so call Marcel, shame

  22. Chiukwu says:

    Ghana’s defence is porous.

  23. fufu says:

    @mumbi, i want to be your friend on facebook. What is your facebook name?

  24. African Consciousness says:

    Thank God Allah Waris is back in training. He is ready to start but Coach Appiah should wait till the Germany game. Get him to 100% plus then unleash him against the Germans. Jordan will do against the USA.

  25. Houston says:

    Guys, the match against the USA is not going to be easy or a walk over as many of you here think. We have to play our best game and be disciplined throughout the duration of the game to get something out of it. I really hope we win this match.
    GHA 3 – 2 USA

  26. NiiNii says:

    I watched the full interview live. This is not the import of what he said. He even praised Kwasi Appiah for doing a good job, and thought he was on the right track. The only issue is the fact that we happen to be in a tougher group than the Ivorians, which is the TRUTH. He also expressed his disappointment at how the Ivorians always flop with the crop of players they have, and thinks they shd be able to make it to the Semis. What is wrong with that?
    When you observe how people jump to make insulting comments here you realize how pathetic we Ghanaians are.

  27. NII-BI says:

    GSN what at all are you guys up to…
    You keep on creating animosity among many others. What is it at all will you gain by doing that…
    Please, in your reports, we will expect you to report as it is and stop doing this wrong things.

    Ghana will earn 5pts to qualify from the group. this is what i saw. We will draw with Portugal. But between SA and German, i didnt really see whom we beat. But we qualified anyway.
    So help Ghana Lord!!!