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2014 World Cup: Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan optimistic of last 16 qualification

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana and Matt Besler of the United States battle for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana and Matt Besler of the United States battle for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Captain Asamoah Gyan remains hopeful of Ghana’s progress to the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup despite losing 2-1 in their opener to USA.

The Black Stars conceded an early goal after 32 seconds and labored to level on 82 minutes through Andre Ayew.

But an 86th minute powerful header from John Brooks condemned the 2010 quarter-finalists despite dominating play.

Ghana will press the exit button if they lose their next match against leaders Germany, who walloped Portugal 4-0, on Saturday in Fortaleza.

But Gyan believes the Black Stars are capable of bouncing back against Germany to revive their campaign.

“The game plan went out of the window – conceding a goal inside the first 60 seconds just wasn’t good enough from us,” the Al Ain striker told reporters.

“America weren’t better than us. After that we were eager to equalise as soon as possible. We managed to get the equaliser and then we just needed to stay calm.

“We kept attacking but we’ve conceded a goal to another set-piece. When that happens, even though it’s part of the game, you blame yourself.

“I don’t think it’s over. We’ve got another game against a top team [Germany] who have just won 4-0, and their confidence will be high, but we’re capable of getting a result.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. sharky says:

    Can someone tell AA to field this starting 11 against Germany please.

    1.KWARASEY
    2.INKOOM
    3.AFFUL
    4.SUMAILA
    5.JONATHAN MENSAH
    6.AGYEMAN BADU
    7.DEDE
    8.KEVIN PB
    9.ASAMOAH GYAN
    10.MAJEED WARIS
    11.KWADWO ASAMOAH

    This should always be the starting 11. If Majeed gets tired in the dying embers of the game, Jordan can replace him. Essien or Muntari can also replace Agyeman Badu. Atsu can also replace Kwadwo Asamoah should he get tired.
    Adomah, Afriyie Acquah and the rest should be happy about advertising themselves in the world cup by sitting on the bench. That’s the way to go.

    • OGYA says:

      We told you guys so. Yesterdays game could have easily been won with David Accam in the game. He could have given the Americans fits with his speed, but once again, you guys are so interested in big names not what works.

      Our WC dreams are over, pack and come home. Nyantakyi and his gang of hoodlums including Akwesi Appiah should be thrown out.

    • Benny says:

      Sharky l like your selection.As for Opare and John boye,l don’t think,they should be called in black stars again.

    • nana says:

      ur right!!!! well agreed!!

    • Zambia Soccerman says:

      I like the omission if John Boye, Mayuka always exposed him at both club level and international matches. Yesterday’s game all come due to Boye’s either laziness or just being fooled by Dempsey. Boye could have easily stepped on that ball, but he watched Dempsey pass him just like that. My man Waris should be back to do the Damage. Good luck Ghana, we will still cheer for you guys.

  2. African Consciousness says:

    Ghana is a democracy not a dictatorship, Coach Dr Appiah has to get his players and technical team involved in the team selection process because the system he has right now as a dictator is not working and it could cost the team an opportunity to advance. Involving the players and the technical team does not diminish his position as the Coach. He will still get his full pay. This will also mirror Ghana’s democratic culture.

    There could be a secret ballot for the starting 11 and the Coach could be given the discretion on the 3 subs depending on how the game is progressing.

  3. access says:

    Ghana vs Germany

    =====================================Kwarasey=============================

    Opare==================Jonathan===============Boye===================Sumaila

    Badu==============Prince==============D.Ayew===========================Kojo

    ==================Waris=========================Gyan======================

  4. access says:

    =========================Kwarasey===========================================

    Afriyie===============Jonathan==============Boye=========================Wakaso

    Badu===================Prince====================D.Ayew==================Kojo

    ==============Waris========================Gyan=============================
    Ghana must win

  5. Pinkus says:

    Chan of your hair cut Asamoah Djan. It does not help you control your header. With the sharp rising hair in the middle of your head how can you control a ball in the air?

  6. A concerned citizen says:

    Coach Appiah shot himself in the foot….I told him don’t use fresh “green“players to start but experienced ones and the silent killer did not listen..Why use “hatred” to make your selections? Which means if he coach AA likes you then you will get the nod but if he doesn’t like you his ‘silent killer’ instinct will work on you. The experiments are too much..by now he should have his best 11coupled with experienced…Why do you sit KPBoateng, Essien, Agyemang Badu[good job on qualifying series], Inkoom, Afful..How do you underestimate these guys and field Rabiu and others to experiment…Jordan is good but don’t start him ahead of KPB..introduce him later and he will definitely perform ”try and error”coach???..because Agyemang Badu will not fight back like Sulley .. Akwasi Appiah has always overlook him…why do you think coach Milo prefers Agyeman Badu above coach AA’s favorite Rabiu?.Rabiu is trying his best but not well organized in the midfield ..just “buga buga de karifi” without vision…Badu or Essien just one pass upfront will cause havoc…. Why will coach AA field Muntari and Rabiu who can not hold the ball in the midfield??? ???How many trial or international friendly matches did his darling Opare play? Inkoom has been in “wars” to get experience..African cup of nations..3 world cups now..why leave him for “lazy” Opare? Coach AA must read games properly..why did he bring Adomah his favoritewhen he needed goals or to tighten the midfield…..for what?..just to come and ran??? Why experiment KASAM who is now a playmaker and left Afful? In fact there are more questions than answers…huh.. He should have fielded the experienced players ahead of the young ones and introduce them gradually…Coach AA stop starting the rising stars by heart to kill their confidence because they will be frustrated..just introduce them one by one in the course of the game and they will perform..so now what Akwasi is doing just select any 11 for a match? “player competition strategy???..Try to get your first 11 now..I even said use Ghana vrs Egypt set and strategy could have worked but he did not listen…Coach AA..don’t think you have reached levels so you will not listen and become stiff necked….you are a try and error coach so listen to the advise..
    All is not lost yet, the Black Stars can arise and shine..They have to pause for a while for a sober reflections and forgive one another for the unfortunate mistakes ASAP…Coach AA must now look beyond favoritism and stop experimenting ASAP and count on experienced to move forward.
    @ Gyan you are good but improve upon your headings in front of goal..”head downwards direction as if you want it to hit the ground” If you do it this way you can hit your target…..all your headings were up over the bar

  7. ChiefRocka says:

    “Baby Jet” you have several chances to equalize in all variations 2 wide open headers that go over the cross bar, Blackstars lost complete focus

  8. Rampage says:

    Gyan,with all due respect,stop talking rubbish.

  9. john says:

    GHANA DEFENSE IT DISGRACEFUL! AND ABEDI PELE PAID AKWESI APPIAH TO PLAY HIS LOANED OUT SON JORDAN! WE NEED WARIS…GYAN AND KEVIN PRINCE IN THE MIDDLE BEHIND THE STRIKERS AND AFRIYIE ACQUAH INFRONT OF DEFENSE…