2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng questions coach Appiah's team selection in defeat to USA

Kevin-Prince Boateng for Ghana against USA.

Kevin-Prince Boateng for Ghana against USA.

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is at variance with head coach Kwesi Appiah saying he deserved to start in Monday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup clash against USA.

Boateng admitted he was surprised to be left out of the starting line-up in their 2-1 defeat in Natal in their Group G opener.

He came on in the 59th minute to replace Jordan Ayew and helped the Black Stars level the scoring through Andre Ayew on 82 minutes.

But Ghana were undone by a late John Brooks header after 86 minutes to hand the Yanks their first ever win over Ghana in international football.

“I am surprised I did not start yes. I know that you always start with your strong team but may be the Coach had a different idea,” the Schalke 04 playmaker told the media after the match.

Boateng is expected to start in Ghana next match against Germany-his country of birth-on Friday.

Ghana must win that match or face early elimination from the tournament.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. tweaa appiah says:

    you are right this should serve as a lesson for gfa, the guy was not up to the job but people were rather interested in colour not ability. we got what we deserve AA should return to gh he rather be a Brazillian if we are knock out in the group stage

    • Kwabena says:

      Kwasi Appiah is clearly not up to the task. He does not understand strategy and technicalities. He should be coaching a local club not the Black Stars at the World Cup. HIs trial and error thing is just unacceptable at this level. Christian Atsu? Ah, second class player. And Jordan Ayew. Because he scored a hat-trick, he should start. Appiah is an ignorant coach. You can make these mistakes at the AFCON, BUT AT THE WORLD CUP? No, this is out of the world. Ghana cannot beat Germany. We should just forget. He played as if he was playing for himself. He took decisions that he himself understood. So he should face the music. He is a FOOL!

    • Africanus says:

      Besides selection of the first team. The game was won by the best coach between the two team. Ghana had more talented and skillful players thank he needed, the US didn’t have half as much. Yet the US coach was able to steer the game from the touchline. Coach Appiah only seemed to have one plan, there was clearly no plan-B. He could not read the game or steer it from the touchline. The whole world was seeing that Ghana was being wasteful with those long balls into the box, but Appiah either did not see them or didn’t know what to do about them.

    • afrikaba1 says:

      Kevin is right, you start with your strong team but if he wants to start a world cup game, then he needs to play in the qualifications. he made it difficult for the coach to start him. I am more surprise at leaving Ainooson of Kotoko at home.

      Also when the going get tougher any good coach will know Opare was struggling. I have always campaigned for him him but what I saw yesterday was ridiculous. probably his last Blackstar game until he learn to cross a ball. Essien should have taken his place and Atsu should have been left to play on the wings

    • kobina bonso says:

      A big money taken mistake he did. J. Ayew and Astu are not starting materials for Stars, the mentality of being a great coach is to prove yourself at a big stage like the world cup. God Bless the Stars to move forward as he will guide the leaders to make a good decisions. Forward ever and Backward never.

  2. texas says:

    100% right kpb. AA lost it for Ghana.

  3. Lingh says:

    I harldy comment here but watching the whole game I now understand why AA was requesting for technical support.
    He’s clueless as to what he’s doing as a coach. Which coach plays his most creative midfielder and playmaker as a left back at the same time KPB on the bench. I just can’t believe we lost this game. You play your strongest eleven at their rightful positions in a game you NEEDED nothing less than a win. Ghana could’ve won the game easily if we had a coach. Boy you are definitely right.

  4. Papa Addo says:

    Good teams bounce back from bad results… our B team looked okay against holland which trashed the world champions.
    the selection was poor blaah blaah blaah but we just have to grind out the rest of these games.. we can beat both teams and still qualify.. USA is depleted with injuries.. if portugal beat them in will be GER-USA-POR-GHA 3pts each then ghana draw or beats germany and finish off portugal who really shouldnt be at this world cup

  5. kenkey says:

    Ghana 4 Korea 0.Ghana will play Egypt in the finals.

  6. OGYA says:

    Bad defense. This coach was so arrogant and refused to at least bring in John Mensah or Vorsah to replace Akaminko. This John Mensah guy keeps making mistakes upon mistakes. All he had to do was use common sense to aid the ball out to the sideline to get a goal kick, instead touched the ball to give USA a corner kick and our short defenders were not able to block out.

    We should kiss the World Cup good bye. Its over. I hope it ends with a new regime at GFA and a new coach SILAS TETTEH.

  7. Papa Addo says:

    We can still qualify.. remember 2006 world cup.. lost to italy then beat czech and usa..
    THIS IS THE TIME THE BOYS NEED OUR SUPPORT THE MOST- NEVER SAY DIE

    • zambitious says:

      you can only qualify if you make germany train on the gravel, like you do in africa. but with a level playing field, any day any time out of a million times, ghana can not beat germany. even with the help of your witch. try and look for how many dogs? 11x 4 dogs= 44dogs to send to the germany teams so that they all get injuries, then maybe, just maybe you will win, pwahahahahahahaha!!!!

  8. selfmade says:

    How can atsu starts a match? The guy is simply overrated and selfish too! At some point in the second half,Dede was telling at him because we had about three or four players on the d and this guy decided to shoot!

    One of the most useless players in Brazil! He had tons of possession esp in the first half as we tried to attack thru Beasley side but this guy didn’t know what the hell he was doing!!

    Opare is another useless player!

    • zambitious says:

      abeg, stop blaming players. it is not their fault. atsu this, dede that, USA did not train on the gravel pitch. they also trained on grass. your team is just too hyped for nothing, good for nothing. egoistic, more inclined to fashion than football. pwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!! they are more concerned of maintaining their hair style while running than scoring a goal, buhahahhahahaha!! ghana!!!

      • OGYA says:

        Look who is talking, a monkey with no teeth who will never ever play in any world tournament. Your jealousy is the reason why you have not won anything. Your world cup is playing hard against Ghana. Even with FIFA helping, you still couldn’t qualify for the WC. Fine, USA won so what? We have beaten them before? at least twice. They are a superpower in politics but when it comes to soccer, we have shown them how the game is played. Sometimes you win and sometimes you loose. At least when it counted we beat them twice.

        So what have you to say you filthy slum dog from Zambia or wherever you come from, just look at your self and determine whether it makes any sense to waste your time in this forum or it would have been better for you to take a shower and clean your filty ass. You are so happy because Ghana lost, good for you but remember that what goes around comes around.

  9. troot tella says:

    I must admit, I was one the guys advocating for a local coach to take the helm. I stand hear today to say that Akwasia-ppiah, you are a amature and you are not fit to even coach u-17 starlets. As soon as you took 6 defenders and proposed Kwadwo Asamoah (KWADWO ASAMOAH) for defence, I knew we were fucked. Now, how am I going to walk into work tomorrow.

  10. Papa Addo says:

    ———————GYAN
    K.ASA——–BOATENG——–AYEW
    ———ACQUAH—–BADU—————
    WAKA-MENSAH-BOYE-OPARE

    not a big fan of boateng but he plays well under pressure.. accam would have made a difference in a game like this not adomah..
    WE CANNOT HOLD BACK AGAINST GERMANY.. if we even want a draw we have to attack and be relentless from the first whistle.. #backstothewall

  11. selfmade says:

    We are out of contention unless u are drunk from apiooo!! Or apeteshie!

  12. selfmade says:

    DEFENCE wins game and tournaments!

  13. CEREBRAL says:

    AA, Ghana feels let down. Ghana’s first game against the USA should have been won, or worse case a draw. You could have done that with your first 11……..do you have a first 11? Of course you do. What is holding you back from playing the top players you have invited to camp. Your first 11 must have played in one of the friendlies…did they?

    I hope this is a blessing in disguise….but poor decisions have tripled the difficulty of going through the group. Why should we settle for the most difficult path over the manageable route. Beating Germany and Portugal is possible but it is not going to be a walk in the park.

    So much money, effort and preparation has gone into this WC for the Black Stars to bring joy to the people in Ghana…now that spirit has been dampened. The interest in fielding debuttantes in order to market them has cost a whole nation.

  14. Gada says:

    Come on selfmade Atsu was phenomenal but Opare n Jonathan Mensah. Hmmm. Bad defence….

  15. EmanuelKnowsBEst says:

    the middle was giving to america. we played the same way we played against korea. but this team the other team knew how to finish and defend. Every time i saw an aerial view of the pitch, mutari and rubio where nowhere to me found. there was no connection between our middle field and fowards .GSN knows nothing about tactics.After the korea game they gave rubio a high rating. and said he was great. i completely disagree with that. muntari/rubio are defence player who cant really defend.In 2010 Muntari started ONLY ONE GAME and that was because Andre Ayew got too many cards. I told my father after the korea game that J.ayew wasnt good enough to start. After one game everyone one wanted him to start. And how can u start Opare after Not playing even ONE MINUTE IN ANY OF THE TWO GAMES. The Kid doesnt know what he is doing. I remember in the Brazil friendly in london two year ago he got a red card in the first half. EVERYONE WANT A LOCAL COACH LOCAL COACH.But BEACUSE HE IS LOCAL COAH THAN WHAT? look at our local league. Appiah should have been fire after African cup b/c he did the same thing the previous coach did and he was fired.USA defense was more inexperience then Ghanas but they had better midfield players.

  16. ACE says:

    mayele pls man up and accept ur guilt period

  17. EmanuelKnowsBEst says:

    every good team has atleast one exprienced center defender in its team. a guy who u lisson to and u are afraid to disappoint, Brazil has Thaigo,Germany has Lahm,italy has Chiellini spain has Ramos. 2010 we John Mensah the ROCK OF GIBRALTA, is john boye a leader is johnathan mensah a leader.

  18. selfmade says:

    How can atsu be ghanas man of the match? People don’t know what they say here! Ghana could have found an early equalizer if atsu wld have pass the ball rather than shooting from awkward angles!

    The game changed the moment this guy was sub because all his touches always makes the YANKS RE-ORGANIZE at the back because of those useless and confusing touches!

    He has the tendency of cutting in and shooting from awkward angles but the trutj of the matter is that, he was a very poor and wayward shooting abilities and I wasn’t surprised that Dede was yelling at him most of the times to release the ball into the yanks third rather than taking those useless shots!

    Frank achepong is way better than atsu!

  19. Papa Addo says:

    acquah does rabius job better and badu is what muntari was 2006 and a little after.
    i think he dropped boateng for the poor performances but if he did then i dont know why muntari and rabiu started

  20. selfmade says:

    @ gada… Mate, watch the match again and u ll appreciate what am saying! He was the most indecisive Ghanaian player in the match! He didn’t what he was doing at all but am not surprised people are saying he was good because Ghanaians love players who showboats a lot and thats exactly this guy was doing!

    In the game, our attacking options against the yanks was thru their left side and luckily us, we scored most of our goals thru the right side of our attack but atsu was confusing to say the least esp in the second half!

    We knew we couldn’t break the yanks down thru the middle and hence attacks thru Beasley side and we had tons of attack from that side but atsu didn’t connect well! Sometimes he wanted to cut in and shoot, other times he wants to take on their defenders and but stop suddenly and strangely gives a back pass to opare! There was a time we had three against three but he went for glory and this happens on more than three occasions!

    His play allow the yanks to organized themselves in the back and I wasnt surprised we raised our game when he was sub!

    I have already said that too many touches gives opponents time to re orgainsed and thats what atsu was doing thru out!

  21. Selfmade says:

    Cloud Leroy wud hv done better

  22. owurakumicheal says:

    Apart from the goal D Ayew score,he was poor on the pitch,D opare,S mutari was very slow on the ball.John and mensah was very bad oooh my God..what goes around comes around..now is all OVER

  23. PITO says:

    On Any NORMAL day, Serious teams like Netherlands will never drop In form Experinced forwards like Van Persie for Memphis Depay or Wijnaldum. England will play with Roonie and loose than bench him for half of the game. Neymar will never be on the bench against any opposition in the world cup when he is fit!

    Akwasi Appiah is taking too long to get rid of his inferiority complex against strong teams!

    Why take Atsu to his FIRST worldcup and drop Kevin Prince Boateng for Atsu to play 60 minutes!! in a must win encounter You saw the chap has talent yes but on the world stage EXPERIENCE IS INVALUABLE. You did the same for Afcon 2013, where did showcasing these new talents take us?

    I feel like we invest so much to give our players experience and then whe it is time to reap them we bring in Freshies again. I bet afcon 2013 will still see new players starting ahead of in form experienced ones.

    A.A need to learn from this and get rid of his underdog tactics against strong opposition in order to become a better coach.

    WAY FORWARD: From now till our next game, we should let the players relax and tell them not to stress but our group is tough anyway and fewer people expected them to qualify.

  24. Lingh says:

    I harldy comment here but watching the whole game I now understand why AA was requesting for technical support.
    He’s clueless as to what he’s doing as a coach. Which coach plays his most creative midfielder and playmaker as a left back at the same time KPB on the bench. I just can’t believe we lost this game. You play your strongest eleven at their rightful positions in a game you Needed nothing less than a win.

  25. CARTEL MAN says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahah i thought u lot said that the USA was a 3point already in the bag lol. It is obvious Ghana is out b’cos i dont see them causing the German machines any upset neither do i see the sorry Portugals beating the U.S. Ghana and Portugal are the weeping kids of dis group…i knew it right 4rm d outset. Hahahahhaha ghana is returnin home after their last group match.

  26. Antwi says:

    Self made shut up, ur inconsistency is sicken, hepocrity. Were you at people’s neck whenever they advocate for a better coach? U got some gust!

  27. amoah freeman says:

    AA is still playing friendly where he play from team B to A very stupid mann

  28. alosmos says:

    BBC’s Lineka said “Atsu is a raw talent” some Ghanaians think he’s one of the best. Go find out for your self. He looses the ball alot through selfish play-doesn’t share the ball, poor passing and looses the ball frequently.

  29. MythBuster says:

    …when i said Ghana Black stars was one big hype and people shld nt count on them in this world cup and predicted an early return,people called me names.Here is my verdict,Ghana will certainly not win a single match in this world cup and its going to be a big shame,when USA played 2-1 against the super eagles of Nigeria in a friendly,i saw how super eagles controled the mid-field,had more possession but yet lost.Ghana shld ve learnt from it,USA plays zonal attacking system and always very difficult to break down,they play for each other…Ghana choose media hype rather than technical and tactical work,stop blaming players,you were singing their names when they won Korea,pls lets go home and leak our wounds,its all over,cant you smell the coffee.

  30. MythBuster says:

    …when i said Ghana Black stars was one big hype and people shld nt count on them in this world cup and predicted an early return,people called me names.Here is my verdict,Ghana will certainly not win a single match in this world cup and its going to be a big shame,when USA played 2-1 against the super eagles of Nigeria in a friendly,i saw how super eagles controled the mid-field,had more possession but yet lost.Ghana shld ve learnt from it,USA plays zonal attacking system and always very difficult to break down,they play for each other…Ghana choose media hype rather than technical and tactical work,stop blaming players,you were singing their names when they won Korea,pls lets go home and lick our wounds,its all over,cant you smell the coffee.

  31. Isaac Issah Gyani says:

    WHY do Ghanaians always resort to INSULTS instead of ENCOURAGEMENT. The boys played good football. Do you people expect Ghana to always win their games at all times? at least, this is the time they need our support most. we are qualifying together with Germany. WAIT AND SEE! Congratulations to the team and Kwesi Appiah. they should keep focused and also try and work on our defence

  32. evandovich says:

    Ghana can still do better. Remember guys, Ghana progresses their game as they start playing in a tournament. But from the look of the game, Opare wasn’t good wif his Crosses and tackles. K. Asa was played out of position, Adomah had no business on the pitch and J mensah nids to up his play and the Crosses and shooting, hmmm tooo bad. Am looking at playing a different tactical play up against a Giant Germany. Who knows wat might happen, Ghana might pull a surprise.

  33. Ernie says:

    The keeper was rubbish. Dauda would have pointed it away.

  34. lbeeusa says:

    How could the coach benched multi talented Harrison and play Opare which blinder cos us the first goal…Jordan contribution is the poorest

  35. shine says:

    Are you not Ghanaians who tipped the coach and Kwarasey most experience? All the goals were Kwarasey faults. Ghana should sack Appiah when he arrive in Accra. Ghana Cameroon and Nigeria are all out. They should come home they wanna sleep with their wives.Stupid coach and stupid goal keeper

  36. jeff says:

    and the great southern region celebrates.hahahagaahaha
    You made our brothers train in car park???????
    We will surely misreat ghanians in south africa

  37. amoah frEeman says:

    AA still thinks he is playing friendly not worldcup,playing from team B to A what a stupid man

  38. Daasebre Nana Owusu says:

    @shine u beta mind ur words kwasi is not stupid, he is old enough to b ur pop. Be polite in ur words

  39. wee ba says:

    You can’t handle dempsey how can you handle muller? The germans will throw everything at us we are doomed thanks to akwasi appiah the penguin

    • papa says:

      he looks like a penguin or sure. we cud have even considered a 352 like holland. if you are gona take 11 midfielders then u had beta field a good chunk of them , this would have allowed k.asamoah to bomb up and down. and inkoom/opare as well even though opare cudnt get his crosses right. then field 5 midfielders.

  40. Prince says:

    Wooowwww!!! Check this out!
    BRAZIL 2014
    Team Standings after group matches
    GROUP G
    Germany – 7 points (Qualify)
    Ghana – 4 points (Qualify)
    Portugal – 3 points (Relegated)
    USA – 3 points (Relegated)
    Ghana will qualify for the next round.

  41. zambitious says:

    ghana qualified using primitive methods and all you Ghanaians think you can progress through from the group stage? karma happens always. are there no more car parks for you opponents to train from? lock the stadiums so that your opponents can’t train on the pitch. make them train on gravel, pwahahahahahahaha!!!!! overated small players, more conerned about hairstyles than scoring goals. this time no one will cry about suarez, by now you will know that gyan is useless and yet no one is even talking about him. had he converted his chances, you wouldn’t have been talking about atsu.

    • PITO says:

      You are Pathetic. Our team is playing at the World Cup and we are firing them on. You are talking as if you have something on us when your team is not even there.

      Supporting us to do well will be for your own good because FIFA will ends up increasing African continental slots.

      This the highest point of football. Who cares if Germany and Portugal beats the Black stars. lol.How Pathetic!

  42. Elorm says:

    What is wrong with Akwasi Appiah, is he suffering from a mental disorder. Ahhhh enti Papa yi wey gyimii saaaa, oh, why should u play k asamoah on the left back, rabiu was a waste, and what business was Adormah doing on the pitch. Ohhh Akwasi, i know we dont insult the elderly but God forgive for this one, Akwasi Appiah is very very very very Stupid. Am done

  43. Boardroom says:

    We have been humbled by the baseball yanks. I think we talk too much and overhype ourselves too much .Now look at this.If we are bundled out then AA better give is the 2015 AFCON in Morocco .

  44. CARPARK says:

    Hehehehehe, Zambitious. You really observed these guys eeeh? In Brazil, only grass pitches count, no gravel or car parks for training. There is also no personalized gate keeper to lock the stadia so that your friends train on the tar mac. Puauauauauauauauauauahahahahhahahahahahah…. lelo lelo lelo. Of course these guys must only beat Portugal with a very large margin, because both themselves and USA will lose to Germany. Also they should wish that USA loses to Portugal. What a shame! Nigeria are trying. They are not very bad. But our Garvel Masters Ghana are uselessssssssssssssssssssssss to saaaaaaaaaaaaay the leeeeeeeeeeeeeeast.

  45. jorge says:

    Sorry no gay dwarfs are allowed in the 2n round of the 2014 world cup…….U people should learn to be humble.

  46. Sean says:

    Our keeper has done nothing wrong, we lost from the coach who don’t have any plan, no game reading, no tactics, poor selections, all the teams play their best first, except AA who play the weaker first. Ghanaians are saying Astu is our man of the march? Do you guys really know football? A guy who don’t know what to do with the ball and also want glory for himself. We lost through our coach. Please leave the players alone they did according to their ability without any game plan.

  47. sirmax says:

    Hey!..@zambitious will stop dis stupid comments u makn here asshole..hu made train on gravels..stupid fool twart!…nd u @ngozi or wateva I tot u wuld be a decent girl I didn’t know u wuld be so stupid…ha see dis nigerians calln us apes nawaaooo instead of thnkn ur useless team hu culdnt even beat dis iranian side..”African Champions”..tweaaaaaa!

    • mikron says:

      oh @sirmax or whatever u call ur name, we only drew with iran, they defended through out the game, played negative football, next game against bosnia will be open cos they will not defend like iran rather they will want to come out to play, we ll win that match, quote me on this, with four points we re tru to the next round. unlike ur juju team, 0 points and on the road to accra. a shame

  48. ninson says:

    Zambitious or whatever u call yourself….leave Ghana alone and mind ur biz…am sure u look just like your name and does why u think shalow….poor man get rich and stop exibiting ur faustrations on Ghana blackstars

  49. ninson says:

    Having a big head is not for fashion….use yours AKWASI APPIAH

  50. osman jahjah says:

    oh my God. We Ghanaians can really talk. instead of learning from our mistakes and concentrating on the next match, we are rather here shifting blames on people which is actually preposterous at this juncture. Please lets concentrate on the next match and support the Team…Lets go #TeamGhana #Blackstars #Africa

  51. brillet says:

    Hmmm im speachless,how come coach akwesi appiah changed his formation and first team against usa in a shot time duration of 3-4 hours,i saw ur first team selection earlir and i was impresed at seein kelvin,essien and afful in the line up.10:00 time 4 the match and i see different things altogether,learn from ur mistakes coach its neva too late rememba we played well 4years against germany and lost by a goal,pls dnt disgrace ghana.VIM AA VIM

  52. jeff says:

    and the great southern Africa Rich Region celebrates.Hahhhahaaaaha.
    You made our Brothers train in a shit car park?????
    Morons,South Africa wil Always mistreat Ghanians.

  53. FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

    We lost through sheer hard luck. We outplayed USA. Dr A. Appiah can’t be blamed. We’ve never seen Ghana outplaying US like this before even when we won.

  54. zaggidy says:

    we’ve gotten what we bargained for.thanks to those who clamoured for the appointment of AA as the head coach of the black stars.he has been in this job for more two yrs and he hsan’t been able to slove our defensive problems meanwhile he was a defender in his playing days.Milo, must be brought back at all cost.

  55. buzzz says:

    Mmmmmmm, you lot should not blame appiah but GFA for appointing Appiah to disgrace Ghana.

  56. Ohene Gyamfi says:

    You see,Akwasi appiah why didn’t you bring in Boateng,Afoul,Aquarh,Badu,Nkum this are strong prayers as a coach you have to used for a tough game like this. Why Appiah, you have to go and coach a local team not Black Star please GHANAIANS ARE NOT JOCKING AT ALL.

  57. FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

    Let OHENE GYAMFI know that if those players he mentioned bad been brought in, Ghana would be playing 16 against 11, which is not permissible I football.