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2014 World Cup: Ghana will struggle in Brazil without Asamoah Gyan - Emmanuel Adebayor

2014 World Cup: Ghana will struggle in Brazil without Asamoah Gyan - Emmanuel Adebayor

Asamoah Gyan will be key for Ghana, says Adebayor

international striker Emmanuel Adebayor says Ghana will struggle at next month’s World Cup if their talismanic striker Asamoah Gyan fails to dazzle.

The Tottenham forward, who lives in the Ghanaian capital Accra when he is in Africa, says the Black Stars successes at the tournament will depend on how Gyan performs.

The Black Stars have been handed a tough group at the World Cup where they face Germany, Portugal and the United States.

The Tottenham player insist the Black Stars chances of excelling will depend on Gyan who now plays for UAE club Al Ain

Adebayor said: “Ghana have a good team. I hope they do well but they have done everything that is possible.

“Asamoah Gyan is a great player and great friend of mine but is now playing in Dubai. He is still their main man. If he is not in form or if he does not match the level of the World Cup, then Ghana will struggle.”

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has assembled a team with mainly Europe-based players who have have played together for long time.

Experienced players like Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari will need to be at their best to help Ghana.

Do you think Ghana can play well without Asamoah Gyan? Make you views known in the box below:

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Askantwi says:

    Whether Asamoah Gyan is in form or not, Ghana cannot afford to depend on him. We have Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew and Agyeman Badu to depend on when Gyan is below par, not to mention Sulley and Essien who are all goal scorers in their own right. Remember, Ghana is not a one man striker team. Our strikers are all midfielders, and that’s what make us dangerous and unpredictable. That, in itself, is a winning antidote.

  2. Paapa1 says:

    @askantwi, adebayor use to be a prof don’t forget that!,,,,Rsrsrsrsrrsrs

  3. Askantwi says:

    Asamoah Gyan would be used as a decoy to allow the midfielders behind him to bang in the goals. Aaaaaaa, I just can’t wait.

  4. OGYA says:

    Adebayor doesn’t know what he is talking about. This is not the Togolese national team. We have others who can also score. We don’t need Asamoah Gyan. We have David Accam. Infact no one is paying attention to this guy Accam. But by the time they realise his speed and dribbling abilities in the red zone, it will too late

  5. selfmade says:

    Asamoah is the single most important player in the bs and our attack becomes impotent and disorganized when gyan is not playing!! Whenever gyan is upfront, two defenders sometimes handle him and we all know how that tactically affects the opposition! The fact of the matter is that adebayor,one of africa top striker knows exactly what he is saying because he been there and DONE THAT!!

  6. selfmade says:

    Asamoah gyan has virtually scored in almost all of our matches in both friendly and the WC qualifers respectively! Infact, if gyan is having a poor day, then it means Ghana is also HAVING A POOR DAY and a very typical eg of this is when sunzu marked him out of our game against zambia in Kumasi and how the bs struggled upfront to unlocked the tight Zambia defense!! Another eg is the WC return match against egypt in Cairo whereby gyan was non existant in the first half but the game shifted in our favour in the second half becasus of gyan finding his feet and we should all remember that kpb goal was provided by gyan cleverily pass to him! Gyan scored a brace against turkey in Istanbul! Scored another brace against Egypt in Kumasi! Scored another brace against Sudan in omurandum! He scored against Sudan back to back both in Ksi and sudan! Gyan was in the Zambia game in Ndola and we lost! This stats proved how important gyan has become to the bs and judging from what am seeing in his domestic league, a matured gyan ll be the PLAYER TO WATCH IN BRAZIL!! Gyan can emerged as the top scorer in Brazil depending on how far Ghana goes in the tournament! Gyan in his two WC appearances, has scored in virtually all of our matches and is one of the highest African scorer in the WC and gyan can become the highest African goal scorer of all time in Brazil, a feat which ll put him among the WC greats!! He scored the WC fastest goal in Germany 06, when he cleverily beat cech in the match against the Czech! He went on to scored against Serbia in south Africa, scored against Australia in south Africa and then grab the amazing match winner against the US in Brazil!! He has scored 4 SOLID TIMES IN THE WC and Brazil ll present him another fresh opportunity to add to his goals!! I could have been 5 goals if I add the after match penalty kick against Uruguay!! Thats really really amazing achievement for gyan and Ghana!!! Ghana has now produced the highest AFRICAN goal scorer in the WC in just two appearance and has also produced the most valuable award winners in the WC for AFRICAN !! Ghana can do something wonderful in Brazil becasus the omen favours us in the WC!!

  7. Eben says:

    @ selfmade, while you’ve made your point, it’s important for you to look at Gyan’s stat. Yes, it’s true that he has more goals than all the others, you’ve to know this is due to the formation we’ve been playing in recent times. He has been the lone striker upfront and so 90% of our chances at scoring goes through him, thats why he has more goals under his belt. You’ve to know his conversion rate is very low as a striker. If you can recalled, in 2010 all his goals were penalties except one, and even on penalties he has a history of squandering them. Also as a lone striker upfront, you will expect all our penalties to have resulted through him, but rather was through other hardworking midfielders like Ayew. These are facts that need recognition and not the habit of converting 1 in 1000 chances, that’s why he is still not considered as one the best in Africa. I rest my case

  8. Dr Who says:

    @Eben,its good you appreciated the lone striking role of Gyan at WC 2010.How do you expect him to easily overcome 4 defenders and score? Ever since AA took over the coaching role, Gyan has been scoring because he is usually paired with Waris. take a minute and count the number of goals he has scored under AA’s reign.Should AA decide to play his two strikers at the WC, the story is going to be different from what occured in 2010 wc

  9. coach says:

    Gyan is our best player and our success at Brazil will greatly depend on his form and potency. Non of the players in the black stars can be compared to him in terms of quality

  10. Mumbi says:

    Don’t expect ghana to go beyond the group stages. Ghana’s squad is usless without Rebecca Boateng, Patricia Asamoah & Mary Appiah.

  11. Eben says:

    @ Dr who, I guess that’s why he is the best in Africa, and recognize like the likes of Eto and drogba. I luv and appreciate his service, but let be honest with ourselves a little bit. You said he always have 4 defenders on him and that’s why he wasn’t scoring and none of the penalties we got came through that, it defies logic. In 2008 he wasted begging chances at the CAN and later threatened to leave camp when he was criticized and quit 2 years later when he wasted a penalty against Zambia and again in SouthAfrica. If you talking about stats, then check your records well cos you got it all wrong.

  12. Kuuku says:

    @Mumbi you brought some humor to the platform. Thanks guys for the intellectual debate. This is what I expect on this site and people will take our views serious. No insults.
    Cheers.

  13. Nana Yaw says:

    remember we got warris
    he has been scoring since u played 4 da bs

  14. maubs says:

    i hope adebayor’s comment get to be seen by AA and the black stars. why? because yes credit where it is due Gyan deserves the credit he is getting. That penalty issue at the last world cup could have finished off many a man but not gyan, in terms of where he is playing his footy at the moment, i believe he knows it himself that he has a point to prove and a league to represent or even present and thats what sports fans and mof look forward to coming to a tournament so bring it on. As for the other players i will take it all as a joke if any one questions whether i have the balls to step up to the plate in the absence of Gyan if i was Essien, Muntari, KPB etc but it is one i will accept and look forward to proving it as just lyrics by a friend from a country who will not be at the world cup. Adebayor as a football man is daring some and am sure they will stand up to his dare and that way reals porting moments can be had when he adebayor and all of us sit down to watch the games.

  15. maubs says:

    i hope adebayor’s comment get to be seen by AA and the black stars. why? because yes credit where it is due Gyan deserves the credit he is getting. That penalty issue at the last world cup could have finished off many a man but not gyan, in terms of where he is playing his footy at the moment, i believe he knows it himself that he has a point to prove and a league to represent or even present and thats what sports fans and mof look forward to coming to a tournament so bring it on. As for the other players i will take it all as a joke if any one questions whether i have the balls to step up to the plate in the absence of Gyan if i was Essien, Muntari, KPB etc but it is one i will accept and look forward to proving i can. Adebayor as a football man is daring some and am sure they will stand up to his dare and that way reals sporting moments can be had then adebayor and all of us sit down to watch the games. Let the games begin.

  16. Fussy says:

    Gyan is our main man. Portuguese defender, Pepe said and i quote “Gyan is a killer”
    On records, Gyan has more world cup goals dan some of de world best players. De likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are all behind gyan interms of WC goals. Baby Jet is sizeless. I certainly agree wid Adebayor!

  17. King Wise Don Fuzzy says:

    Gyan’s form could do a lot but we can’t afford to place our all on him while we still have others too around.
    I don’t think this calls for any debate. Thank you. God Help Us!

  18. Viper says:

    Adebayorr’s view would have made more sense,if we had the Serbian coahces in charge since they preferred the lone striker strategy but currently no player is indispensable from the team.Yes, Asamoah Gyan will be pivotal if we are a have any meaningful outing but there are goals all over the field,Ghana like Germany have midfielders who can score goals,moreover with the partnership of another striker,thee goalscoring burden isn’t on Gyan alone.We would definitely need Gyan to be in bullish mode,thats for sure.

  19. @kwame says:

    I guess u know what u are talking about!

  20. joe says:

    Asamoah gyan has been the only african striker who has been consistent in wc n i think its largely cus we see his potential bt do not depend on him. cameroon’s eto, civ drogba who are better strikers than gyan fail cus the whole team depends on them n every ball is aimed to them. Bs wil struggle wit gyan cus of his potentials bt can still make it cus of the team wrk and potentials in our offensive midfielders. dnt frget that in previous wc, gyan was the one man on top, so it may seem he is our dependant bt nw we play 2 n gyan can b a gud decoy fr gh n warris

  21. Dr Who says:

    @Eben, you specifically mention 2010 that was why I referred to 2010.Dont also forget that in 2010 CAN,Gyan single handed scored till we got to the finals of that tournament.You cannot compare Gyan of 2008 and now because he has acquired alot of experience and that has improved his conversion rate.Experience are acquired over time and not over night.

  22. selfmade says:

    @ Eben… Mate, gyan has not been the only penalty taker for Ghana at the WC! Though gyan was the first penalty taker for Ghana in the WC, the first player to actually scored from the spot in the WC for ghana was ironically, the legendarily Ghana captain called Stephen appiah! He scored the match winning penalty against the US in Germany 06! Secondarily, your ratio of 1:1000 conversion rate of gyans penalties is wrong! The proper ratio is 2:2 specifically at the WC!! Gyan had taken four penalty kicks for Ghana at the WC and he has scored two and squandered two!! He scored against both Serbia and Australia in south Africa from the spot and squandered against Czech republic and Uruguay! Infact his conversion rate for Ghana is A RATED considering the level of opposition and the stage where he converted those kicks(WC)… Finally, Dede ayew has never given Ghana any penalties at the WC and no Ghanaian midfielder has given penalties to Ghana at the WC mate! Interesting, the penalty kicks Ghana has had at the WC are from a defender, a striker and an own triggered penalty by the opposition! Our first penalty at the WC was caused by Mathew amoah when he was fouled by the Czech defender in their penalty area! Our second penalty against USA was caused by razak pimpong she he was softly fouled by GUCCI in the US defensive third! Our third penalty was caused by Serbian own defender when he carelessly handled the ball in the Serbian third and interestingly, our penalty against Australia was orchestrated by JONATHAN MENSAH! His kick was BLOCKED BY KELLY in their goalpost and our last was caused by ADIYIAH against Uruguay when his header was handled by suarez! Gyan has scored in two open play against Czech and USA!

  23. Elias says:

    eben or whatever ur name is i thank god that u knowns nothing in football and again thanks to sport presenter is because of them that you are able to gather those rubbish and now u are there making noise when a soccer legend is making vital point u are dere sorry to use foolin.Infact Gyan has pay his dues as a Ghanaian is let with you and I to do ours. when Asamoah Gyan was scoring goals, osei kuffour was given back passes when he was scoring free kicks john mensah was dere missin penalty,what are the attacking midfielders doin when they were playin him as 1 stricker.Alexis is there in bercelona but messi always scores their goals, Ronaldo scores for madrid instead of Benzama, Daniel Van Buyten scores about 15 goals for munich as a defender whilist the stricker were there.please if you know what is good for ghana advice your president ask him to advice gfa to stop making selecting or selection for the coach. thank you