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2014 World Cup: Kwadwo Asamoah unhappy with Ghana left-back role

Kwadwo Asamoah

Kwadwo Asamoah

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has admitted for the first time that he is not comfortable being used as a left-back, insisting he sees himself as the creative force in the Black Stars set-up.

The Juventus ace was deployed at the unfavourable role as the Black Stars succumbed to USA 2-1 in their 2014 World Cup opener in Natal on Monday night.

Rumuors have persisted that the 24-year-old was frustrated by the role he was being asked to fulfil in the Ghanaian national team even though he had insisted he was comfortable with any role assigned him.

Now the former Udinese man has backtracked on his claims after Ghana lost to the Yanks in their opening group G game on Monday night, saying he does not enjoy playing in the left-back role being assigned him by coach Kwesi Appiah.

“Everybody knows where I perform best. I have never enjoyed playing at the back but when you’re asked to step in what can you do?

“I see myself as one of the creative players on the field and so when I play in the offense, it’s more helpful.

“I don’t enjoy playing at the back and in the end it doesn’t help the team.

“When you play as a target man, you have to stay up front and help the team out by holding the ball up and waiting for support. That all comes with experience.

“It’s a good role for me to play when its on the offensive.  But I’m afraid the defense is not the best place for me.”

The Africans will take on Germany in their next must-win game on Saturday.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. eminado says:

    Yieh .There is fire on the mountain.players are criticizing each other. kwadwo asamoah already blaming gyan for not holding up the play by indirectly saying the targetman failed to hold up the ball n ctricizing the coach for playing s left back.kpb also slaming the coach for his selection.I fear for the coach.He has lost the respect of the players.

  2. real sabacious says:

    Anyone who doesn’t learn from his mistakes is a……!U used the same K.Asamoah in SA as a left back and it’s backfired,yet you went ahead and do the same shit!the game was lost from the bench.AA is clueless ,we better go for a foreign coach

    • Kwabena says:

      I blame Kwadwo Asamoah for this. So why didn’t he say anything about it. The coach keeps making this mistake. He did it in South Africa, Ghana lost to Burkina Faso. How did he imagine Ghana will beat USA with this thrash? Kwadwo Asamoah should have spoken up!

  3. Mumbi says:

    Just watching highlights of USA against Ghana. When Dede equalised, I saw Nana Kwaku Bonsam celebrating the goal in the stands. He was painted with lime and covered with beads. You can watch him celebrating in slow motion. So his juju was just meant one person Ronaldo. Kwado Asamoah is a gifted midfielder, Kwesi Appiah had taken a lot of alchol and was confused to put Kwado on the left back. AA will be sacked just after recording 3 loses.

  4. eminado says:

    Yieh.There is fire on the mountain.players criticizing each other. kwadwo asamoah already blaming gyan for not holding up the play by indirectly saying the targetman faile to hold up he ball and criticizing the coach for playing him as left back. kpb also slaming the coach for his selection. I fear for the coach.he has lost the respect of the players.

  5. Andy D says:

    AA this decision is horrendous…playing your most creative player at left back….smh

  6. Yaw, Chicago says:

    Kwadwo is right. He was the best and most classy player on the pitch yesterday….and he’s clearly Ghana’s best player that we have right now. He should be allowed to always join the attack to create goal scoring opportunities. Better to play him behind the strikers, in my opinion. He’s the man for Ghana…

  7. kuukuphilly says:

    He has no clue what the fuck he’s doing

  8. Honsen says:

    Asamoah is by far our best and most consistent player, but sadly also very modest. Appiah should have encouraged him to step in the lime light and should have built its team around him. Asamoah never ever complains, so this is very serious sign from him.. Oh Appiah is such a loser..

  9. Papa Nkrumah says:

    Kojo Asamoah is really shocking me. After telling Ghanaians that he was comfortable with left back in South Africa, you now quietly tell us that you are not comfortable. This so called humility has never helped Ghanaians at any level from President to the common man. Speak up and get the right things done. That is why Dede will always be in trouble because he tells his mind and Ghanaians hate this.

    Meanwhile, the USA are really super psychologists. They give Kwasi Appiah the title of DOCTOR and succeeded in making him complacent to the extent of thinking he had all the answers and was not tactically deficient. Wow! smart Americans who didn’t waste time to give any title to Klinsmann knowing the African is easily distracted.

    • onini says:

      Unfortunately asamoah is the only option we have for the left back position.what was “coach” approach thinking when he dropped schlupp our only natural left back.

      • papa says:

        i watched baba rahman, play he is the player with the most potential in that position. he is young and much better than schlupp. there is no way we should have dropped that kid. he is played german league starting all games. now that is what i call useless team selection.

  10. OGYA says:

    This idiotic coach had all the opportunity in the world to keep Jeffery Schlupp and help him improve. He is a natural left back so what the fuck didn’t this coach learn about him. Yes he made a mistake in a friendly match, so be it, that could be corrected but instead without using his brains cut him. Now we do not have a left back. We claim we do not have a left back, damn you coach, you have one in Shlupp but decided not to use him. There are so many guys in the Ghana local team that could play that position but once again they are not being called.

    I am hoping that this will be the end of Akwasi Appiah and Nyantakyi regime and a total clean up of the GFA.

  11. Honsen says:

    Asamoah is by far our best and most consistent player, but sadly also very modest. Appiah should have encouraged him to step in the lime light and should have built its team around him. Asamoah never ever complains, so this is very serious sign from him.. Oh Appiah is a loser..

  12. Mumbi says:

    BREAKING NEWS; GFA boss Kwesi Nyantyaki’s appeal to FIFA for the match against USA to be replayed has been granted. It will kick of @ 01:00 Ghanaian time tonight. For more details and reasons, visit http://www.premiumpass.com. What a great relif for Ghana!!!!!

  13. lhaj says:

    This is primarily akin to playing Messi on the left back position. AA should have replaced Ayew with a defender and push K. Asamoah up front, replace Atsu with Boateng, and bring in Acquah for Rabieu. That would have at least tie the game. Nonetheless, Ghana played a good game with the exception of a few costly mistakes. I honestly believe that this team will seriously surprise the Germans come Saturday. Let’s keep supporting the team as there are still chances to progress to the next round.

    Let’s go Black Stars!!

  14. maubs says:

    yes we lost akaminko yet shlupp is dropped because he made a mistake?would we rather the ones who will make a mistake at the world cup? as for accam he doesnt score against a local black stars so he doesnt get a game against holland and gets dropped on top of it all. i posted on here about needing pace, height through middle and physical presence at wing back to defend corners and set pieces. i hope we as ghanains will now desist from coming on here or in the press to kill budding talents by insunuations after one bad game. form is temporary but class is permanent.

  15. bisa says:

    This was a game we should have won. Appiah seem to have learned nothing on the job. What a horrible selection. Playing your most creative player as a left full back? You must be crazy and dumb!!! and by the way K. Asamoah is used as a wing back at Juventus not a left full back. If he was a good coach he would have known the difference. He is one of the most creative players for Juve cos i always watch their game because of Asamoah. I would have played Aquah and Asamoah in midfield and played Gyan and Waris upfront backed by KPB. Bring on Badu as an impact sub. Any opposing defense will sweat from these guys.

    • Johnny says:

      “I would have played Aquah and Asamoah in midfield and played Gyan and Waris upfront backed by KPB. Bring on Badu as an impact sub. Any opposing defense will sweat from these guys.”

      You think Appiah would see that! Something wrong with that guy as far as coaching is concerned. He can’t do the job. He has done everything wrong till now, and still defends those horrendous errors he has been making. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, shun him. And that is Akwasi Appiah.

  16. PITO says:

    HERE ARE 5 HINTS TO FOCUS ON OUR NEXT GAME:

    1) We need a draw against Germany, A draw will mean Germany will have to beat USA in their final game to be assured of qualification. However If we give Germany a win, Trust me they will draw with USA in their final game to give the USA a chance of qualifying with 4 points just to support USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Since Portugal will beat USA). A DRAW against Germany will give us the opportunity to try and get a win over Portugal in our FINAL group match to qualify with 4 points, whilst Germany will do everything possible to beat USA to be assured of qualification.

    2) From the first Point above, we can conclude that the best formation for A.A to play against Germany from the start of the game is cautiously defensive. i.e 4-5-1.

    3) To get an important draw against Germany, we need Experience players to start the game in midfield. 5 MIDFIELDERS – Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Essien, Muntari, Kevin. Put a stop to starting any new comers. Avoid the temptation to start Rabiu over Essien for once because Essien is good header of the ball he has eye for goal and his experience and big game character cannot be overlooked in favor of Rabiu especially when he is a 5 man midfield he will be not disadvantaged in any way.

    4) Only bring in Majeed Warris to play two strikers ( Gyan and Warris) if and only if we happen to go down by one goal. This change must be done IMMEDIATELY IMMEDIATELY MMEDIATELY Germany scores (God Forbid). IMMEDIATELY. We are prone to leaving vital substitutions for late in the game.

    5) So In summary,

    - DO NOT GO IN FOR A WIN AGAINST GERMANY. PLAY LIKE ITALY, As if WE ONLY NEED A DRAW!

    - PLAY A 5 MAN EXPERIENCED MIDFIELD BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE . AYEW,ESSIEN,KWADWO ASAMOAH,SULLEY MUNTARI, KEVIN BOATENG.

    -SPEAK TO DEFENDERS TO DEFEND OUTSIDE THE BOX AND TO GIVE THEIR ALL.

    There is still hope.

  17. 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 TO WHICH 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

  18. Zambia Soccerman says:

    Wishing Ghana a quick recovery and hopefully make it out the group stages. This is really bad for African football if Ghana,Nigeria go out in the first round.

  19. Emma says:

    Folks, 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, 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.

  20. King of Kings says:

    Kwesi should try Afful left back and give Kojo Asamoah the chance to move forward. Kojo Asamoah can make big difference. he has the experience. He doesn’t enjoy playing back at the left because Juventus is different from Black Stars.

  21. Capo di Capi says:

    I find AA reason to bench KPB, Essein, Basic very ridiculous. He said, “we planned to introduce them in the 2nd half when the Americans are tired.” Hahahaha… Coach, what you are tell the whole world is that you’re tactically inept and that you only change player when you sense that the opposition are out of steam, not because you can read the game.

  22. Capo di Capi says:

    KPB, ESSIEN, & BADU

  23. Kwadwo says:

    Kwadwo has to Play as midfelder we need him there

  24. Adebayo says:

    Frankly speaking, I believe the GFA is not fair to this talented generation of players by putting them in the hands of a technically and tactically inept coach whose only explanation for not starting his best eleven is that ‘we wanted to start with 4-4-2′! A coach who has no plan B, even against Montenegro, to overcome an early deficit does not deserve to coach this very talented Black Stars team!

  25. ChiefRocka says:

    Kojo Asamoah, SPEAK up! Your a world class midfielder with a lot skill!!

  26. kakape says:

    Guys, what do u expect from AA? The guy proved beyond any reasonable doubt in SA that he cant perform yet he was kept on as the BS coach. If u guys would remember, in 2012 AFCON there was this guy called Alhasan playing left back. He was only 19yrs & very talented yet Dr. AA has never given him a chance since he took over but always hands first team selection to his favorites like Rabiu who is not only unfit but not a BS material. In short, AA, is just a joke, full of nepotism and favoritism. He should be tied @ nkoranza, the centre of Ghana, for every Ghanaian to give him a slap upon his return.

  27. Shatta says:

    Kwadwo Asamoah is not to be played at the left full back..nooooooo…why will the Akwasi Appiah let a creative player like Kwadwo Asamoah plays at the left back..big question?..Though he plays at Juventus but that is his club issues and thats where he makes his money so obviously he have to play that role to earn him a selection in the first 11 squad…with the black stars he don’t need to play that role. He should play his usual offensive and creative role when playing for the Black stars…Infact yesterday’s starting up selection SUCK… Akwasi Appia step up…

  28. thunder says:

    oooh akwasi appiah you have big eyes but you can’t see. songo i report this case to you fire them one by one starting from gfa president and his minister for waisting our tax money.God will punish them if they don’t change their mind with that stupid selection.

  29. anthonyyeboah says:

    oooh akwasi appiah you have big eyes but you can’t see. songo i report this case to you fire them one by one starting from gfa president and his minister for waisting our tax money.God will punish them if they don’t change their mind with that stupid selection. ooooh kwame nkruma ghana

  30. African Consciousness says:

    What is wrong with Afful? The guy has played the left full back position all through qualifying he can get the job done if Coach shows confidence in him. K Asamoah can track back and help him. I think the problem is Coach does not want to move Dede to the right or left wing. If Asamoah plays his natural position then Dede will have to move.

  31. Kwaku says:

    Clueless coach….shoe shine coach, cocoase coach… If this kwasi appiah studies history and the development of the current crop of players we have, we would have been in a better position to know that even wakaso started as a left back for Ghana during the under 17 world cup in Peru 2005. He may be a midfielder today but he possesses all the qualities to excel at the LB position, it will not be an uncharterd territory for wakaso at all. If kwasi appiah could use his brains nd follow wat am saying wakaso can be a solution at least temporarily until after the worldcup. Move kwadwo asamoah forward and bring wakaso now. Ofun coach