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2014 World Cup: Under-fire Daniel Opare determined to improve on below-par display in USA defeat

Ghana defender Daniel Opare

Ghana defender Daniel Opare

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana defender Daniel Opare is determined to bounce back from a not too convincing display in the 2-1 defeat against the USA on Monday night.

The Black Stars fell to a late header from rookie John Brooks to lose its opening Group G game at the 2014 World Cup in Natal.

Ghana had fought hard to draw level through Andre Ayew having been stunned in just the first minute by USA captain Clint Demsey.

The momentum gained by the Black Stars after the equalizer was however quickly dampened by Brooks’ thumping header which eventually proved to be the winner.

Daniel Opare emerged as one of the most criticized players from the Black Stars team that failed to extend its impressive winning record over the American at the World Cup.

But the Standard Liege full-back who is on his way to joining Portuguese giants FC Porto this summer in admitting to making some mistakes, says he is determined to improve on his performance.

“I think in the first half, on my side we did very well, creating all the crosses and all,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“But the Americans noticed this and started using more of my end in the second half so it made things a bit difficult.

“Everyone knows when he has a good or a bad game and immediately tries to correct the mistakes.”

Ghana must now secure a result against an in-form Germany team in their next game on Saturday to have any chances of progressing further in the competition.

The Black Stars will also need a result in the final Group G game against Portugal but will largely depend on the outcome of Saturday’s match against the three-time winners in Fortaleza.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Benny says:

    Sorry you had your chance and blew it.You are a useless over confident waste.You and John Boye.No wonder you too are best mates and room mates in black star camp.Painstail was one touch cool and collected defender.

  2. kk says:

    You must be banned from black stars for Life what a disgraceful player.

    Harrison Afful id way better than you.
    I am definitely sure you will be in the reserves team at FC Porto.

    Back your bags Daniel opare and go and do farming in a village of your home town.

    Truth be told!!!

  3. Viper says:

    John Boye and Jonathan Mensah are not good enough to play for the Black Stars,pathetic defending cost us the game.

  4. Papa Nkrumah says:

    The USA are really super psychologists. They give Kwasi Appiah the title of DOCTOR and succeeded in making him complacent to the extent of thinking he had all the answers and was not tactically deficient. Wow! smart Americans who didn’t waste time to give any title to Klinsmann knowing the African is easily distracted.

  5. Samuel says:

    Boye and Opare should be ashamed of themselves. The occasion is bigger than Appiah. African coaches cannot handle the pressure. Keshi and Appiah has killed the dreams of other African coaches for the future.

  6. Papa Addo says:

    WE NEED TO GO IN WITH A KILLER MENTALITY.
    OUR BACKS TO THE WALL.
    GERMANY WILL WANT TO FINISH US OFF BUT KNOW THEY ARE NOT DONE IF THEY LOSE TO US.
    WE MUST PLAY TO OUR STRENGTHS AND LOAD THE MIDFIELD AND PLAY AT FULL ENERGY.
    THERE IS NO WAY DAUDA MUST PLAY AGAINST GERMANY SO I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT.

    That being said:
    MY STARTING LINEUP

    FORMATION 3-5-2*
    ______________________________KWARASEY___________________________
    ____________ESSIEN____________MENSAH___________BOYE_____________
    OPARE____________________________________________________ASAMOAH
    _______________________ACQUAH________BADU________________________
    _____________________________ BOATENG______________________________
    _______________________ANDRE_______GYAN___________________________

    WHEN WE ATTACK FROM THE RIGHT,ESSIEN STAYS AT RIGHT BACK AND ASAMOAH DROPS TO LEFT BACK
    WHEN WE ATTACK FROM THE LEFT,OPARE ASSUMES RIGHT BACK,ASAMOAH GOES UP MENSAH AND BOYE SWAP SO MENSAH GETS LEFT BACK.

    ACQUAH___BADU__ MUST HOLD AND BE RELENTLESS. TRACK GOETZE AND OZIL.
    BOATENG STAYS AT CAM UNTIL HE SES A GOOD REASON TO MOVE.

    AYEW IS OUR MAIN PIVOT MAN____ HE WILL GO TO THE OPPOSITE WING TOWHICH THE MAIN ATTACK IS COMING FROM WHICH MEANS IF OPARE IS ATTACKING AYEW BECOMES A LEFT WINGER.
    IF ASAMOAH IS BOMBING FORWARD, AYEW BECOMES A RIGHT WINGER.

    I KNOW THIS IS ALOT BUT PLEASE READ IT AND GIVE ME FEEDBACK

  7. selfmade says:

    One of the most useless player Ghana has ever produced! He was a flop at madrib and he always has been a flop! Talent alone can’t do nothing if u are not serious and determined!

    This guy is finished and he is just another one of the wasted Ghanaian talent!! Good for nothing is understatement!

    He looks like he was DRUGGED or has smoke too much wee yesterday! Watch him carefully and u can see that this dude looks HIGH!! Did he took some drugs or steroids? I think so and if he didn’t, then something is wrong with him!

    Another chance to shine? This fool is living in a fools paradise and he ll be like ADDOQUAYE PAPPOE after we came home Sunday!

    • papa says:

      stop these ridiculous insults. he played ok, just bad crossing thats all. Afful was getting washed by koreans so i doubt he would have done better and we all know inkoom is not even a defender. so please stop this nonsense. fucking idiot selfmade

  8. Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:

    Foolish boy you’re protecting yourself because you signed a contract at porto. What chance are you talking about? because of you a good player like schlupp was drop, your brain dead coach gave him only one chance. Better shutup please, how could as a defender misplaced all passes and lose 50 50 balls on top of it. Porto should give me chance…..what a waste

  9. Malcolm X says:

    In fact Opare u r 1 of d players i ever like in my life but dat was bak at ur youthful age, since dat tournament u r 1 of d never do-well creature i ever saw in d senior national team, so many opportunities given 2 u but meaninless to d country, only too known n over confidence dey kill u , worst of it is John Boye, in fact Opare u r a disgrace to Football

  10. coli says:

    Uuuuuum no one to b blamed tht was resolute

  11. Benito says:

    Go to your club and improve not in this world cup…this guy was so stupid,he wouldn’t use his common sense,he keeps playing the ball touch line instead of making diagonal runs,you keep passing to a colleague when he is under pressure,I wonder why the bench wouldn’t sub him and lasted the whole duration.inkoom had some experience and should have come on for this snail pace right back..you think you play like against the Germans

  12. rich says:

    Stop blaming opare. What did our strikers also do,getting free header and missing it.blame the coach for using kwadwo asamoah at left back n also for taking short defenders to de Mundial.

  13. Yaw Chicago says:

    All who say Appiah is so bad should come and give me their opinion about the coaches of Spain, Uruguay and England. Please, Appiah is not the one to teach John Boye how to narrow an angle for a striker as a defender. He’s also not the one to teach players how to shoot on target (Jordan, Kevin, Muntari); he wont also be able to go onto the pitch to give accurate passes and crosses (Atsu and Opare). So you can see that it is some of the players who let us down, though Appiah is the one to blame/ or given credit for the overall performance of the team.

  14. Kwaku says:

    Opare paa don’t even talk….u cudnt even pass the ball to ur own players. U neva made diagonal runs as a right back. U were just a one sided uni dimensional guy thru out the entire game. Being a professional player is an embarrassment cos even colts players could have done better than u……ofun

  15. sticky straw says:

    apart from Papa and rich all of the forumites u are are a big fool . Opare did quite ok fools your central defenders who were panicking throughout the game u have no eyes to see fools your so called top striker who should have score Three goals through header blew all the chances kwasiafo your toy coach who brought in adoma who play as a pregnant woman instead of mubarack wakasu