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2014 World Cup: My goal means nothing with Ghana losing, says Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew celebrating debut World Cup goal

Andre Ayew celebrating debut World Cup goal

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana forward Andre Ayew insists his first goal at a senior FIFA World Cup accounts for ‘nothing’ following his team’s 2-1 defeat to the United States on Monday night.

The Black Stars got their campaign at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to the worse possible start after being humbled by a determined American side in Natal.

Goals from captain Clint Dempsey and rookie John Brooks proved just two strong for Ghana who could only manage a consolation from Andre Ayew – his first ever goal at a senior World Cup finals.

The Olympique Marseille enforcer was however quick to beat down the effect of his personal historic strike since it was unable to propel his side to secure a result against the USA.

“Nothing [effect of goal] because a goal is good when it means something for the country,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“If it had been a draw or a victory it would have been better.”

Ghana now faces an early elimination from this year’s finals in Brazil if they are unable to get results against Germany and Portugal in their subsequent group games.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. alosmos says:

    pandemonium in Blackstars camp—some senior players have threatened to leave camp. It would be a great dis-service to the country if this materialises.

  2. Emma says:

    I agree with Dede absolutely. AA. dropped Schlup because of (wrong?)popular demand. That guy is going to be our left back for a very long time to come. No more Opare if the Schlup mistake is anything to go by. Bring Inkoom, Essien, KP Boateng, Muntari, Waris, Gyan, Agyeman Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Kwarasey, Afful, and Afriyie Aquah/Jonathan Mensah and just tell them to go and play. These are players who know what to do. And let us face Germany and Portugal-I bet my last dollar, we shall be in the next round. Someone should BEND AA’s hands to make these changes because his master plan of creating a NEW core of Ghana players have failed woefully. Ghana will surely be in the next round.

  3. Papa Addo says:

    WE NEED TO GO IN WITH A KILLER MENTALITY.
    OUR BACKS TO THE WALL.
    GERMANY WILL WANT TO FINISH US OFF BUT KNOW THEY ARE NOT DONE IF THEY LOSE TO US.
    WE MUST PLAY TO OUR STRENGTHS AND LOAD THE MIDFIELD AND PLAY AT FULL ENERGY.
    THERE IS NO WAY DAUDA MUST PLAY AGAINST GERMANY SO I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT.

    That being said:
    MY STARTING LINEUP

    FORMATION 3-5-2*
    ______________________________KWARASEY___________________________
    ____________ESSIEN____________MENSAH___________BOYE_____________
    OPARE____________________________________________________ASAMOAH
    _______________________ACQUAH________BADU________________________
    _____________________________ BOATENG______________________________
    _______________________ANDRE_______GYAN___________________________

    WHEN WE ATTACK FROM THE RIGHT,ESSIEN STAYS AT RIGHT BACK AND ASAMOAH DROPS TO LEFT BACK
    WHEN WE ATTACK FROM THE LEFT,OPARE ASSUMES RIGHT BACK,ASAMOAH GOES UP MENSAH AND BOYE SWAP SO MENSAH GETS LEFT BACK.

    ACQUAH___BADU__ MUST HOLD AND BE RELENTLESS. TRACK GOETZE AND OZIL.
    BOATENG STAYS AT CAM UNTIL HE SES A GOOD REASON TO MOVE.

    AYEW IS OUR MAIN PIVOT MAN____ HE WILL GO TO THE OPPOSITE WING TOWHICH THE MAIN ATTACK IS COMING FROM WHICH MEANS IF OPARE IS ATTACKING AYEW BECOMES A LEFT WINGER.
    IF ASAMOAH IS BOMBING FORWARD, AYEW BECOMES A RIGHT WINGER.

    I KNOW THIS IS ALOT BUT PLEASE READ IT AND GIVE ME FEEDBACK

    • compliments says:

      YOU ARE TACTICALLY SOUND THAN AA.
      YOU ARE GOING TO BE GHANA’S NEXT COACH.
      L BERT YOU GHANA IS GOING TO PROCEED TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE COMPETITION BUT THIS SHOULD BE THE CHANNEL.
      AMERICA SHOULD DEFEAT US FOR ONCE THEN LOOSE TO PORTUGAL AND GERMANY.
      GERMANY LOOSE TO GHANA AFTER BEATING PORTUGAL.
      GHANA BEAT PORTUGAL AND WITH AMERICA ALREADY LOST TO GERMANY ,GHANA AND GERMANY QUALIFY FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF THE COMPETITION.

  4. kuukuphilly says:

    Wut a true leader.u will go far..essien and boateng should had never made the squad period.u have players like agyeman badu,afriyie Acquah and wakaso on the bench wasting for these old farts all because of experience sake.

  5. alosmos says:

    why didn’t some of the players sing the national anthem?

  6. alosmos says:

    klinsmann and joachim loew have already penned down the outcome of their match on June 26, 2014- if usa needs a win to qualify klinsmann will get it and if he needs a draw too its a done deal so long as the deutschemannschaft finishes ghana.

  7. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Two comedy of errors from two shit players (Boye & Opare) cost us this game especially Boye what a useless CB he’s become now no wonder he’ll be playing club football in Turkey next season. Just look at how the defense was open with ease with just a simple one two pass that resulted in Dempsey getting the 1st goal this should never happen to a team that wants to go far in a big tourney like the WC and as for the second goal John Boye again!!! This guy is becoming a liability rather than an asset to the team the earlier we look for better replacement the better. Jo Mensah also considering that cheap & needless CK which resulted in the 2nd goal for the yanks, though I gotta be fair to the chap cuz he kinda had a solid game.

    As for our clueless manager the least said about him the better, this is the third consecutive time that we’ve conceded an early goal in our games and we haven’t been able to recover though we nearly recovered in this game buh another loss of concentration later on in the game cost us. I mean cant this coach psych up the players mentally and let them know how crucial it is to be 100% focus in the game also what’s the role of the so-called psychologist in the team I mean doesn’t he know to do his job properly? Playing your best player @ LB when we have equally good options on the bench, look how dangerous KASA was whenever he surges forward he initiated the attack that got us the equalizer through Dede, and for him to be playing as a LB throughout the entire game when we needed creativity in the middle shows how clueless & tactically inept AA is. Tweaaaaa!! This man cant take us anywhere with this 17th century tactics of his goddammit!!

    For goodness sake the yanks didn’t had any clear-cut chances after they scored that early goal they only looked dangerous on the break, it was very evident that we were clearly lacking creativity in the middle. Imagine how dangerous we would have been with KASA, Dede, KBP & Sulley with Rabiu protecting the back-four but instead this clueless coach kept KASA on the left-back throughout the entire game. Also what was the need of bringing in Essien when Rabiu was playing even better? Also why take out Atsu who was lively in the game and bring in an ineffective Adomah what was the use? He could have at least brought in Afful to man the LB position so that KASA can move upfront and give us some more spark and creativity. Jordan has really improved a lot the chap has a good game it was just unfortunate that he couldn’t bury that chance he had latter on in the 1st half. Wasn’t Warris fit for the game? Why not make a double sub by bringing him on alongside KPB to put more pressure on the yanks and open their defense cuz were really limited in attack and that was how come we couldn’t convert the numerous chances we had despite dominating game throughout .

    Don’t get me wrong we played very very well buh lost the game from the bench and also due to some comedy of errors in defense especially Boye, as for Opare ooh boy this guy has been a huge disappointment whenever he dons the national colours. Its just unfortunate that we allowed this mediocre US team to beat us despite dominating the game from start to finish, this is the best squad we’ve assembled in yrs buh unfortunately this time around we gonna face an early exit from the WC courtesy our clueless & tactically inept manager. Our final two games against the Germans & the Portuguese are really gonna be difficult yes its 100% possible that we can beat them buh its gonna be a huge task especially when we have a manager that doesn’t have a system nor varies his tactics and make the right selection or subs.

  8. Kwaku says:

    I made an observation in yesterday’s game between Brazil and Mexico. Mexico from a quick glance don’t boast a very talent ridden team as Ghana but not only did they hold their own against the host in fact they threatened to cause an upset as they looked very imposing. The difference between them and Ghana which has all the talents is this; Mexico shows respect to good teams but no fear…ghana shows over respect which then becomes fear and makes us look jittery. We shd take some lessons from Mexico as we go into our game with the Germans. Show respect to them as they re a good team but no fear bcos they are very beatable. I hope that psychologist we have will take my advice