2014 World Cup: Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan cools title talk

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan wants fans to measure their expectations on the Black Stars following heightened talks of winning the 2014 World Cup title in Brazil.

The 28-year-old wants local fans to ease the pressure on the team as they prepare to take on heavyweights like Germany and Portugal in group G alongside USA.

The Black Stars progressive outings in the last two editions of the tournament have placed some sort of pressure on the team to surpass previous achievements.

And the Al Ain ace has urged for calm.

“”It’s too early to talk about the cup right now,” he said

“You know, what matters is we going to Brazil and then making sure we do what we do
best and make everybody proud.

“We don’t have to put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We have to go out there, play and enjoy the game and see what comes out of it.

The Ghanaians are seen largely as Africa’s real chance of making the last four or at best winning the elusive World title in the South American country.

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. don-pee says:

    Go gh go blackstars

  2. goodnews says:

    Ghana go with confident. I knw u guys wil make africa proud. Germany is just an ordinary men dont fear them, portugal is just built around Ronaldo. Africa is behind u. The super eagles r also coming to show the world that africa game is up. Shine black stars! soar super eagles! Go africa

  3. Spirit says:

    Is this guy going there to enjoy the game just like he enjoyed missing that penalty that could have made history. Why would a captain talk like this. If you cant work under pressure . Don’t accept such a responsibility to even be counted among the selected players. Even after Ghana has been labeled as an underdog. Gyan wants us to see the world cup as some kind of exhibition at a conversion or retreat. A gathering to parade him to the world. If we don’t talk this guy out of his fun seeking and glory seeking attitude we have a lot to worry about as long as he remains in the team because he does not like facing challenges and there is no victory without a challenge.

    A better captain awaits in the person of Andre Ayew when the likes of boakye yiadom join the younger ones to conquer the world as they did in The U20 world cup.

  4. papa nkrumah says:

    “You know, what matters is we going to Brazil and then making sure we do what we do best and make everybody proud.”
    Maybe the team should have found out first what would make Ghanaians proud first before agreeing to play at the world cup. If we play well and enjoy ourselves and lose all our matches, I don’t think Ghanaians will be proud Capito.
    In fact, I thought u were aware that now fans are not just satisfied with skills without results like we used to do in the 90′s.
    I hope you haven’t infected your colleagues with your holiday mood. It’s too early for us to start regretting the monies we have spent on the team. Even if you have more money than Ghana, we value every dollar we have spent on you guys. Prez Mahama told you guys that he has prayed that the World cup comes back to Ghana when it was on tour. Why didn’t you tell him to stop dreaming? Thank you.

  5. selfmade says:

    What GYAN said is the right thing and it ll be absurd for anyone to judge him or call him names! Infact, GYAN is turning out to be a real,intelligent captain and he is showing that he knows his stuff! Unlike other uninformed gfa officials who always boast and make mean, vain promises,GYAN is been truthful with the reality and that exactly how a general should behave in battle!! This is called the ART OF WAR by sun tzu! All art of war is by DECEPTION! U can only defeat your enemy thru the art of deception!! Even if u strong like Samson, u make your enemies believed that u are very weak! Infact in the art of war,never let your enemy knows your NEXT STEP and this what GYAN, the fabulous ghanaian captain is doing and I love everything about it!! The western media always uses psychological MEDIA WARFARE, another form of the ART OF WAR, to breaks us down during the beginning of every WC by rating all Africa teams LOW and it affects us and is about time we accept the LOW TAG, take the pressure off us and use the same tactics to stun them!

  6. mukmin says:

    I think I side with @spirit and @ papa on this one. If you are not going there with the intention of winning the world cup however unlikely it is then why bother boarding the plane. Every team has a mathematical chance of winning the cup. It would be nice if Gyan would project some confidence like Nyantekyi has that kind of bullish attitude inspires confidence in the team.

  7. Spirit says:

    @kwame am very sorry to disapiont you because am too cultured to exchange insults with you even thou I have a thousands unpleasant words that would send your heart and mind spinning so fast with pressure as you ask yourself what really hit you.. And its my prayer papa Nkrumah takes no meaning into this ignorance because there is no piont in exchanging words with an empty headed fool. I however welcome constructive criticism. We can agree to disagree.

  8. Spirit says:

    @kwame am very sorry to disappoint you because am too cultured to exchange insults with you even thou I have a thousands unpleasant words that would send your heart and mind spinning so fast with pressure as you ask yourself what really hit you.. And its my prayer papa Nkrumah takes no meaning into this ignorance because there is no piont in exchanging words with an empty headed fool. I however welcome constructive criticism. We can agree to disagree.

  9. Spirit says:

    @ mukmin you are enlightened. A voice of reason that echoes in the midst of ignorance.

  10. papa nkrumah says:

    No problem my brother Spirit. I feel sorry for some people who are not scared of insulting even someone they don’t know. Arguments are to be met with counterarguments not insults.

  11. papa nkrumah says:

    But selfmade, I really don’t think Guan is using the tactics from “The art of war”. I think he wants to take things slowly forgetting that he is captain carrying the heart of a nation. I know you have a good background in history so check this: anytime Gyan is put under pressure or insulted he gets angry, but bounces back even stronger and delivers. Before 2010 Afcon he was blasted for the 2008 afcon tournament and Olympic games qualifiers where he and Prince Tagoe messed up in the qualifiers by trying scissor kicks everywhere on the pitch. He had a point to prove so he delivered by sending the stars to the final at Angola. When he and his guys played horribly and made Burkina Faso look like a super team in 2013, he came back strongly with a point to prove by scoring the most goals in the qualifiera to the world cup (no penalties). That guy is naturally good, technically gifted and possibly better than Drogba and Etoo only he can be very lazy too if we just accept anything from him. Let’s help him to realise greatness. He shouldn’t be associated with the word ALMOST!

  12. papa nkrumah says:

    I haven’t gotten over the shock of ivory coasts silly elimination in 2010. They couldn’t beat Portugal because of their mindset: that Portugal had Ronaldo who was only as good as Drogba at that time. Ivory coast had more quality but because of their attitude they couldn’t make it. Now Ronaldo is even better but Ghana won’t over respect them like they did. We believe we are better and we are not going to have just fun. If we get past Germany and Portugal it will be silly to have Russia or Belgium stop us next. Somebody pls tell our captain we are capable of going all the way.

  13. selfmade says:

    @ Nkrumah… Mate, i respect your opinion very well and u truly a gentleman!! Now,the question we have to ask ourselves is this, was GYAN right or wrong! Is just shocking how as Ghanaians we forget so soon! Is quite ridiculous the way and manner forumites and Ghanaians has overrated ourselves and say things like, GHANA ALWAYS PERFORMS UNDER PRESSURE! REALLY AND WHERE AND WHEN? Stats and history goes against this false believed that GHANA alway performs under pressure!! I always said that history never lie and I always quotes history and stats here when am making my point!! Ghana from 92 up to now, has been in four AFCON AND CHAN finals losing all of them because this same false lies!! We lost to I.coast in Senegal, lost to Egypt in Angola, lost to Dr Congo in I.coast, lost to Libya in south Africa! I don’t even want to include the countless number of semi final matches that we have lost to oppositions that we shouldn’t lost to all becasus of the same LIES! Plavi, the Serbian coach promised Ghanaians the afcon before the start of the tournament and when he fualed to delivered the cup, he said HES WAS PUSHED TO SAY THOSE THINGS! Again, in the recent held afcon in SA, a fa member was alleged to have said to the nigerian team that ‘ WE ARE WAITING FOR U AT THE FINALS AND WE LL SHOW U HOW FOPTBALL IS PLAYED! INFACT,WE KNOW HOW TO BEAT THE SUPER CHICKENS’! Didbee even made it to the finals? We were about to play zambia and an fa member is thinking about Nigeria! This brhavoiur has been our BANE and that’s what GYAN is cautioning us about!

  14. papa nkrumah says:

    @ Self made. I hope you are right. Let’s take it one match at a time then. Only they should be serious with every single match.

  15. aconcagua says:

    facta non verba, deeds not words