2014 World Cup: Injury scare for Ghana as striker Waris limps off, doubtful for USA opener

Abdul Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris

Striker Abdul Majeed Waris remains a doubt for Ghana’s World Cup opener against USA next Monday after limping off in their final tuneup friendly against South Korea in Miami.

The 22-year-old picked up a thigh injury after just five minutes in the match played at the Sun Life Stadium and was replaced by Jordan Ayew.

Waris appeared to have landed awkwardly after scaling over a clumsy challenge and looked to have injured his left thigh.

Two members of Ghana’s medical team accompanied him into the dressing room after he was substituted.

Furthers test will have to be carried out know the extent of damage as early prognosis does not look too good.

If it is established that he will not be able to recover for the tournament, Ghana can replace him in the final squad before the first game.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah cannot afford to lose one of his key attacking players who raked in nine goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances for relegated Valenciennes.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. samva says:

    AAAAABA ANOTHER INJURY AGAIN?AM GETTING WORRIED ABOUT THESE INJURIES……..

  2. Alexander says:

    i hope this is not that serious get well soon majeed.

  3. BRENTO says:

    AAHHHHHH GHANA SOCCER AD33333333333333333N. IS JUST A LIL INJURY AND STOP BEEN CONCLUSIVE. HE WENT OUT COS IS JUST A FRIENDLY AND 100% SURE HE WILL BE BACK FOR DE OPENER.

  4. Jo says:

    No need to rush and make basic errors. GSN be professional.

  5. keith from germany says:

    i wish waris a speedy recovery.hopes he makes it to the mundial.

  6. African Consciousness says:

    Congratulations Coach you took a gamble and it paid off albeit bitter sweet with the Waris injury. A couple of fitness days in Brazil after a day of rest on Wednesday will have you ready to take on the big two plus USA.

    A ten mile run for endurance in the morning and then an afternoon of sprint work for sharpness and quickness. Every member of the squad must be fit to be successful in a tournament. Work hard up to the day of the first game. You have to be able to match every teams intensity and fitness level.

    Against the USA you must use the same strategy you used against South Korea. Slow the game down to a crawl. The USA’s strength is their fitness and their desire to run. Take away that strength and they will be yours.

    The defense has to challenge every ball that comes into the final third. Do not stand and wait, get in the attackers face and disrupt their play before they are able to create space and be dangerous.

    These guys can play the game of soccer each and everyone of them. Give them the right fitness level and they will deliver you the cup. Players get lazy and sloppy when they are not physically and mentally fit. Brazil is going to be hot and humid, the conditions will be oppressive and tasking the only way to get perfection out of these conditions is if the players are able to “kill the body and resurrect the spirit”. Then they can do every and anything without mental lapses or breakdowns in play.

    Congratulations to President Mahama, Sports Ministry, Coach, Black Stars, technical team, FA, , supporters and the people of Ghana. We are all in this together. Go Black Stars!

    PS. Jordan I take my hat off to you. You are not the same guy I saw against Zambia and a match at the Accra sports stadium. You improved your game tremendously. No wasted motion. Your finishes were clinical and you went for precision before power. You will be a big help the the Black Stars if you stay on the same course in Brazil. Thank you. I love soccer, I love beautiful soccer, you made the game a joy to watch today.