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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah rues missed chances against giants Germany

Asamoah Gyan scored Ghana's second goal against Germany

Asamoah Gyan scored Ghana’s second goal against Germany

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah feels his team could have walked away with all three points against Germany had they been more clinical in front of goal in their second group game at the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars went into game in Fortaleza still licking their wounds from the shocking opening group defeat to the USA.

Ghana however rose to the occasion to thrill the world against the three-time winners but were unlucky not to have come away with maximum points.

The Black Stars after a dull first half, rallied to come from a goal down to hold Germany – a result that leaves Group G very much opened with Portugal yet to play the USA.

Andre Ayew canceled out a Mario Goetze opener in the 54th minute.

Captain Asamoah Gyan put Ghana ahead nine minutes later but the Black Stars failed once more again to defend a corner kick properly and conceded the equalizer to a Miroslav Klose tap in at the far post.

Many have criticized the Ghana team for their lack of cutting edge in their opening defeat to the USA.

But the Black Stars, excelled beyond measure against the European giants and could only count themselves unlucky not to have walked away with all three points.

Coach Appiah has congratulated his team for holding their own against one of the best teams in the world but felt his team could have emerged victorious had they been more potent at goal.

“It was a really good competitive game, we all know Germany is the second best in the whole world and playing them was always going to be difficult,”Appiah said at the pos-match press conference.

“We had some chances to extend our lead but playing a big team like Germany, if you don’t take your chances, things become very difficult.”

Ghana will now hope Portugal secures a win over the United States in the other group game on Saturday to keep their hopes of progression alive.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. The truth says:

    Coach, you are the MVP. Thanks

  2. Rastaman says:

    I have always been against people who criticize Jordan Ayew so much, but today, if he had used his head well, Ghana could have walked away with a win, I guess. I don’t know if it is an issue of maturity, or selfishness. However, it was a great performance.

    • Boro says:

      It is naivetivity, foolishness, wickedness, stupidity and selfishness in the highest order. His father did same when he played for the BS and that is how come we never won anything throughout his tenure. That animal is showing it ugly head again through his son Jordan. The earlier he is dropped the better because Ghana cannot win anything if we stop playing as a team.

  3. Choice 1 says:

    Hmmmm ghana was once again unlucky today but the Germans should watch out another time.

  4. Choice 1 says:

    Boro your talk is rubish where were you when your so call animal son scored three goals against South Korea .What did you say then. You better stop attacking the innocent family. Remember the marvelous job the Ayew family has done in ghana football none of your family members can do that .Shame

  5. Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:

    Why are you people insulting Jordan….don’t blame him. Kindly direct all your anger and insults towards the coach for making bad choices at crucial moments. Changing KPB was perfect, maintaining Muntari and John boye on the field while leading 2-1 was a bad idea. I thought you guys(boys) will have a better idea on the game than me not knowing you’re all b’sht. All of you are just crying like babies and insulting left right centre.
    Looking at the cheap goals Germany scored through John boye and rabiu makes me really sad. The German defenders were tired and coach had choice between waris and jordan; if his choice messes up big time who do you blame babies?…..tactically bankrupt man AA.

  6. PITO says:

    Talk to the defenders to always keep their mind in the game. It is only 90 MINUTES! Ebei! The midfielders are not tracking back to dispossess German players when they have the ball? WHY?

  7. Eben says:

    @boro; enough of that, if u’re criticizing Jordan for his selfishness fair enough. Why do insult his father, it’s the same man whose other son, ayew, has put on great performance in both games. I’ve lost every respect for u for attacking a man who has absolutely nothing to do with that. Why don’t you talk about the two glorious chances Asamoah gyan wasted in first half, we could’ve equally won if he had score one of those chances in the first half. What is prove that he’ll have scored even if Jordan had given him the ball, a useless striker who has one of the poorest convention rate.

    • Boro says:

      The animal used is just an expression for ‘selfishness’ but not Abedi as a person. May be you guys should look at the statement again. This is english and i can forgive all of you for taken it so raw and responding as such. Abedi has always been selfish and this is a fact every Ghanaian know.

  8. Eben says:

    @boro; enough of that, if u’re criticizing Jordan for his selfishness fair enough. Why do insult his father, it’s the same man whose other son, ayew, has put on great performance in both games. I’ve lost every respect for u for attacking a man who has absolutely nothing to do with that. Why don’t you talk about the two glorious chances Asamoah gyan wasted in first half, we could’ve equally won if he had score one of those chances in the first half. What is prove that he’ll have scored even if Jordan had given him the ball, a useless striker who has one of the poorest convention rate.

  9. costif says:

    @Boro,u r a fool.just leave Abedi alone.he was and still better than ur papa.

  10. nesta says:

    Good perfomance from the stars AA must take notice that waris is faster, clinical,and stronger in front of goal than jordan.
    If it was waris we should have walk with the maximum 3point.

  11. Franknaros says:

    Akwasi Appiah is rubbish! True Jordan missed a glaring opportunity for us to take all 3 points but what was the coach doing standing there like a moron counting on another chance that might never come? Why couldn’t he make the necessary changes after Ghana’s second goal, that whole sub process would have been a good way to disrupt the momentum the Germans were building to get an equaliser as well as help our Stars regroup n take a breather. He could have packed midfield with that changes, close the game and play a lone striker for the rest of the game but he was being stupidly naive taking chances on scoring again. Now we going to miss Muntari who has no doubt been one of our top performers next game because of AA’s incompetence, when he could have subbed him to close the midfield after the goal, meanwhile Sulley was tired as well. Any good coach and Ghana could be smiling with 6 points in the bank right now without having to worry about anyone else’s results. He should get sacked if Ghana fails to qualify. Nonsense!