2014 World Cup: Ghana won't be pushovers in Group G, says Afful

Harrison Afful

Harrison Afful

Tunisia-based defender Harrison Afful believes Ghana are not underdogs for this June’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

The Esperance ace, who will be named in Ghana’s squad for the tournament, claims the Black Stars have the credentials to progress from a tough Group comprising Portugal, Germany and USA.

“I think we are in a tough group, but I think they’re also scared of us because Ghana is also one of the big countries,” Afful told CCTV Africa.

“Each country coming to meet Ghana-they make sure they are prepared very well.

“We know we are going to meet world class players.”

Afful was consistent during the qualifiers and will be making his debut at the mundial.

He was conspicuously left out of the squad to the 2010 World Cup finals despite impressing for Esperance in the Tunisian Ligue 1 and the CAF Champions League where they were runners-up.

Watch Harrison Afful’s interview on Ghana’s chances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup: 

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. kuukuphilly says:

    100% commitment from every player will see us through,we went toe to toe with Germany in south Africa only to loose concentration in the dying minutes.go to every game with ur war face and a bit of luck u just might not know what will happen …..LONG LIVE MOTHER….

  2. Assemblyman says:

    We hv good and committed players for sure.Who can delivery no matter what ,regardless the day,time and occasion.But with just Akwasi Appiah,we need fasting and prayers for the team.His technical depth is not too great and hasn’t been a good tournament coach with regards to events from South Africa’s recent AFCON.moreover,he hasn’t been able to win a single friendly match being it with a fellow Africa country or foreign based.Hope he will prove me wrong in our upcoming friendly with the Netherlands.Am not trying to be negative but realistic here.If someone will do the right thing ,I guess Ghana will succeed

  3. NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:

    GHANA is not just pushover, they are also push unders and it is only a fool that will think that GHANA wll win a single match in BRAZIL…. JAPAN thrashed GHANA, MONTENEGRO defeated GHANA….. Is it GERMANY or PORTUGAL you will now defeat???? tweaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa adzen fior waseiiiiiiii

  4. selfmade says:

    Qualifying Ghana to south Africa and then toppling up by qualifying Ghana to the WC and losing friendly matches, which is more important? U can win all your friendly matches against all the super power football nations on god planet, if u can’t qualify to major competitions, is meaningless! AA has rather done the most important thing which is qualifying us to the WC and don’t forget there were times Ghana couldn’t qualify to the afcon so people shouldn’t make it seems like we are always the favorites!! Finally, AA is not the only coach not to have beaten an European team!

  5. selfmadee says:

    @ assembleman… Mate your assertions are wrong! Infact comparatively, AA is the only coach who has been able to draw with a WESTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRY of turkey! All our previous encounters with these nations has resulted in some of ghanas humiliating defeats! We have never, ever beaten any western European nation before not even with our so called tactical white coaches!! Infact, our worst defeats to these nations came from white coaches handling the bs!! Here are the records to support my arguments.. Firstly, Ghana were SCHOOL by Germany in 96 when they ANNIHILATED us by 6 goals to nil in Bochum and was AA the coach? Secondly, Ghana was beaten by Norway in the 90s with a white coach! …. Thirdly, Ghana was DEMOLISHED by Holland prior to the south Africa WC by 4 goals to 1 with another whiteman as a coach( Milo).. Fourthly, Italy took Ghana to the CLEANERS in Germany 06 when they clinically disgraced us with another white man as a coach( Doya).. Fifthly, Ghana lost to Germany in south Africa by a lone goal with a white man as the coach! Ghana even struggled with a makeshift england team B team with a white man as our manager!! Infact, AA is the only Ghana coach to have drawn with a western European nation( turkey)!! Lastly, Japan, saudia arabia,south Korea has all beaten us before with humiliating scorelines when we had white coaches and there is nothing strange when AA also lose to China or the same Japan!! Latvia hold us to a draw when a white coach was our manager!!

    • Assemblyman says:

      Selfmade/selfmadee..Nana,look England is a proper west European country as compared to Turkey.Yet we played a draw game with them thanks to Asamoah Gyan’s goal in famous wembley stadium.But if you are talking about Eastern European countries,I guess Ghana has not played any country there in a long while checking through my records but for turkey,this is our second time,,we have played draw with them before during the captaincy days of skipper Stephen Appiah ..

    • Assemblyman says:

      Selfmade/selfmadee..Nana,look England is a proper west European country as compared to Turkey.Yet we played a draw game with them thanks to Asamoah Gyan’s goal in famous wembley stadium.But if you are talking about Eastern European countries,I guess Ghana has not played any country there in a long while checking through my records but for turkey,this is our second time,,we have played draw with them before during the captaincy days of skipper Stephen Appiah ..

    • Assemblyman says:

      We beat Latvia by a goal to nil,check records please not forgetting we hv beaten Korea,Saudi and Japan in the home soil before ,,look into records..Akwasi Appiah spoiled it all..

  6. selfmade says:

    @ assemblies…. U have it wrong again mate!! Ghana has beaten all the eastern European countries except Montenegro!! We beat Serbia and Czech republic respectively in the WC!! We have annihilated all the eastern European countries except for their western counterparts!! My point is that ghana has struggled against all the western European countries and has lost to them massively so don’t start blaming AA as if he was the only coach that has lost to these countries!! Infact Ghana is yet to pick a win against any football giants namely Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Holland,France! We have already played four out of these giants without a win! Whether with white coach or not, these aforemention countries always disgraced us with CRICKET SCORELINES! All these disgraceful scoreline were handled to us when we have a white man as a coach! I quite remeber brazil beat us by 8 goals to 2 and was AA the coach? With respect to pure statistics, comparatively AA has done well than most of the journey man we hired as coaches!We drew with turkey during Stephen appiah days with a white coach and did we beat them? No but no one complained because then we have a white coach!! Appiah drew with them and we are complaining why? Is because he is a black man? Turkey is western European country period! There is nothing like a proper w.r.s to geographical location!! Statistically speaking, doya lost to Italy in German 06, Milo lost to Germany in south Africa 2010 and plavi was annihilated by Holland prior to the south Africa African cup of nations, appiah lost to Montenegro but drew with a very good turkey team so it mean all the so called white tacticians were beaten by western european countries but we still adored and admired them calling them TACTICIANS whiles we villify AA for drawing with turkey and loosing to japan and China!! Lastly, with regards to my last points about japan, china, saudia Arabia, south Korea etc, we have beaten them before WHEN and where? Saudia Arabia disgraced us by five goals to something when a white coach was in charge! Japan always have our number so where is that your assertion from mate? Even if we have beaten them before, HAVENT THEY ALSO CLOBBERED US BEFORE? The beauty about football is to win some, lose some and sometimes draw sometimes! Hope u understand me buddy!