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2014 World Cup: Pick Your Ghana team to start against USA in Ghana's group opener

Black Stars celebrate goal

Black Stars celebrate goal

After Monday night’s swashbuckling victory over South Korea in the pre-World Cup friendly, GHANAsoccernet.com asks you to select your starters to face the United States in the Group G opener.

Striker Jordan Ayew looks set to grab a starting role after his hat-trick and Majeed Waris’ co-incidental injury while Fatau Dauda also impressed on the night.

WHO will you field against the Americans on June 16? Below is the entire 23-man squad.

Dauda, Afful, Boye, Mensah, Muntari, Agyemang-Badu, K-P Boateng,  Atsu, Asamoah, Rabiu, Afriyie, Gyan, Wakaso, Ayew, Adomah, Waris, Kwarasey, Inkoom, Opare, Essien, Jordan Ayew, Sumaila, Adams.

Here’s our pick for the opener against USA.

F Dauda – H Afful, J Boye, J Mensah, K Asamoah – M Essien, K-P Boateng, A Ayew, S Muntari – A Gyan, Jo Ayew.

READERS COMMENTS

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

    imagine a match where dead JORDAN hit an hatrick….. Sold out game nkoooaa 

  2. Spirit says:

    ——————————— KWARASEY ——————————————-
    Inkoom—————-Boye————–Mensah————————Opare

    —————————————Badu—————————————

    Andre——————————————————————-K. Asamoah

    ———————————– K. Boateng————————————–

    ———————Jordan—————————–Gyan———————

  3. schywee says:

    Fatau impressed? You call the one header and the comic antics impressing?
    Not a bad team bar your “impressing” Dauda.

  4. Biggie says:

    What is Fatau Dauda doing in the squad? A keeper who cant handle crosses. GSN seems to biased. Dauda is a disaster.

  5. Ghanaba says:

    1 Kwarasey. 2 Opare. 3 Aful. 4 Boye. 5 Janathan. 6 Rabiu. 7 KPB. 8 K. Asamoah. 9 Gyan. 10 Jordan. 11 Dede.

  6. rootsbwoy says:

    Did u just pick dauda as a starter? I m glad u r not the coach..by the was what do mean by “our pick? U and who? I mean u as the writer or u as ghanasoccernet.com?

  7. fenandohussien says:

    Kwarasey, Afful, Asamoah, Essien, Bwoy, Rabiu, Dede, Muntari, Kelvin, Jordan, Gyan
    Information 4,4,2 no sizes

  8. dr edusei. chicago says:

    kwarasey

    opare boye mensah k asamoah

    acquah/rabiu essien/muntari

    prince / adoma ayew/ atsu

    gyan jordan/waris

  9. Habimrana says:

    1 Adam k 2 Micheal E 3 K Asamoah 4 and 5 mensah and boye 6 K boateng 7 Adomah 8 S Muntari 9 A gyan 10 khalipha I mean Dede Ayew 11 Jordan Ayew

    • Assemblyman says:

      You want Adomah to start!!! Some peeps Paa..aside that crossing which special thing did he do? He tackles were not good enough .that guy attempt he did and failed to lay a pass to Atsu.which about that one too..concert !!

  10. Ghanaman says:

    For me i want the doctor to play with young boys. We know now jordan must start. Adomah must star for his crossing. Kwarasey in goal offcourse.

  11. Nana Yaw says:

    i will always say dis,frank acheampong nd assifuah one should been there instead of adomah… So wat does adomah brings to our black star team. Besides Clifford Aboagye frank nd assifuah partnership help the team to be 3rd nd also won Assifuah da golden boot Mr. Appiah he should hv gvin them da chance da way Milo gave dede nd co da chance in world cup… Adomah di3 masa ei no good

  12. Nimo says:

    ————–Jordan————–

    Dede——-Gyan——-KPBoateng

    ———Muntari—-Rabiu———-

    Essien—Boye—-Mensa—Asamoah

    —————Kwarasey—————–

  13. Nimo says:

    ———–Jordan————–

    Dede——-Gyan——-KPBoateng

    ———Muntari—-Rabiu———-

    Asamoah—Boye—-Mensa—Essien

    —————Kwarasey—————–

  14. Migizigi says:

    Kwarasey;
    Opare, Boye, Mensah, Afful;
    Ayew, Essien, Asamoah, Atsu;
    Gyan;
    Majeed

  15. kofiyaw says:

    I like the new formation of the 3-5-2 it sits well with our midfielders this is what I went to see against the u. s.

  16. Clarence Lee Chea says:

    My take to the line-up of the Black Stars opener against the USA is as follow:
    Kwarasey,
    Inkoom____Boye____Mensah_____K.Asamoah

    A.Ayew____A.Acquah__Essien_______Muntari

    Waris______A.Gyan

  17. wee ba says:

    How did dauda pay corrupted GSN? Its clearly written all over.how can a bench warmer be our number 1? God is watching you

  18. Pasi says:

    My only job as a patriot of Ghana is to support the team no matter who plays or selected by Mr Appiah. Its not my business to select for the coach.Somebody is paid to do that for Ghana and his name Mr Appiah. As if Mr appiah cares about what you and l will write here.
    By all means have fun with your selection but dont get abusive and aggressive if your prediction is not what is on the field of play come 16th June!
    Support …Support support!!!!!

    Lets go BS

  19. Ghanaman says:

    Massa of course adomah should start. You see what happens when puts in a cross. Afful played him in well yesterday n he crossed superb. Come on man he was only on the field for 15 mins and see what he did. Massa the passes he get the more chance he will creact. I have notice english boys are not greedy. They guy is a hard worker but people choose not to credit him. How many crosses times do you seen other wingers cross for blackstars. I supported his work since that tunisia game. The chap is a goid crosser, good runner

  20. Ghanaman says:

    @assemblyman adomah is ok. Dede be greedy. Kbp wants to score for himself. Adomah is a team player. Jordan and him have a connection

  21. Hakib High-guy says:

    1 Kwarasey 2Opare#Afful 3Afful#K Asamoah 4 Mensah 5 Boye 6 Essien 7A Ayew 8 Muntari 9 Gyan 10KP Boateng 11 Atsu#K Asamoah

  22. Kwarsey
    Afful boye mensah asamoah
    ~~~~~acquah badu——–
    J.ayew boateng A.yew
    ———Gyan.

    Can put in waris if health.

  23. nat says:

    kwarasey–opare–afful–jonathan–boye–essien–k.asamoah–boateng–gyan–andre–muntari

  24. eb says:

    Kwarasey
    Afful mensah boye wakaso.
    Rabiu. kojo
    atsu/muntary boateng. dede.
    gyan

  25. Mastermind says:

    Keeper: Kwarasey
    Right back: Opare
    Central backs: Boye / mensah
    Left back: Asamoah
    Defending mid: Essien / Muntari
    Attacking mid: Prince
    Left winger: Atsu
    Right winger: Andre ayew
    Striker: Asamoah Gyan

  26. A concerned citizen says:

    Dauda was not tested..Did you see the area ball which was ruled foul?…so you can not day he impressed…It is good that their confidence has been built but there is more room for improvement. S.Korea could hold the ball for alonger time with the Stars becoming passengers..beating us to “agoro” type of play.what? I think the communication was weak, hence lack of co-ordination…from henceforth build upon your communication on the field to ensure cohesion.Please, maintain your composure and no COMPLACENCY for U.S.A has come of age.Warning; KASA should correct his blunder by stopping the ball for his opponent to gain advantage near the corner flag..Never AGAIN. i will reserve my pick for now..i will comeback again but i will definitely pick Kwarasey in post.I will also like Coach AA to use BS against Egypt, Kumasi strategy which made our midfield a compact to penetrate. I will also pair Jordan and Gyan if Warris did not recover early enough. I will also not start Rabiu….Badu or Acquah or Essien can do the job..

  27. eb says:

    Kwarasey
    afful. mensah. boye. wakaso
    rabiu. kojo
    atsu/muntary. kpb. dede
    gyan

  28. Benny says:

    Dauda,Inkoom,Afful,Adomah AA ‘s special quartet.
    Kwarasey
    Opare. Boye. Rabiu k.asa
    Muntari. Essien Dede
    KPB
    Jordan /Waris A.gyan.
    Rabiu is a no nonsense tackler,with height advantage .l don’t know why AA not looking at that option.
    Essien and Muntari will bring experience in the middle.KPB will play behind the two strikers as long as he stop his too much over confidence antics.
    I believe this is the best option for Ghana against any team.

  29. nana says:

    ——————————— KWARASEY ——————————————-
    Inkoom—————-Boye————–Mensah————————Opare

    —————————————Acquah—————————————

    Andre——————————————————————-K. Asamoah

    ———————————– K. Boateng————————————–

    ———————Jordan—————————–Gyan———————

  30. nana yaw okoampa says:

    A.Kwarasey
    D.Opare J.Boye J.Mensah H.Afful
    R.Mohammed K.Asamoah
    A.Ayew P.Boateng M.Waris
    A.Gyan

  31. nana yaw okoampa says:

    essien and muntari should start from the bench,we will their experience and sservices in the second half….as for fatau he made a mistake in joining pirates.he”s become rusty and has a problem dealing with aerial balls

  32. isquared says:

    GK: Kwarasey
    RB: Essien
    LB: Asamoah
    CB: Boye
    HB: Mensah
    DMR: Rabiu
    DML: Muntari
    RM: Adomah
    LM: Dede
    AM: KPB (playmaker behind lone striker)
    FWD: Gyan

    Compact 4-2-3-1 formation to counter any complex formation U.S. coach Klinsmann may employ. Beating U.S., Germany & Portugal will require Ghana at its best defensively & very compact and organized tactically in the midfield. Adomah & Dede will have to come back and support Essien & Kwadwo while the two fullbacks move up in support when Ghana is on offence. Timely and precise crosses from Adomah and Dede will be key to Ghana’s goal-scoring success. GOD BLESS and GOOD LUCK BLACK STARS!!!

  33. henry says: says:

    kwarasey

    opare boye mensah k.asamoah

    essien
    a.ayew muntari
    boateng

    waris asamoah gyan

  34. OTTO says:

    GH XI: Adam kwarasey-daniel opare,harrison afful,jonathan mensah,michael essien-rabiu Mohammed,kwadwo asamoah,sule muntari-kp boateng,Andre ayew,asamoah gyan!

  35. nana says:

    @ spirit…. close call!!!

  36. Papa Yaw says:

    GK: ADAM KWARASEY
    LB: WAKASO
    CB: JOHN BOYE
    CB: JONATHAN MENSAH
    RB: DANIEL OPARE
    CM: KWADWO ASAMOAH
    CM: RABUI MOHAMMED
    LW: ANDRE AYEW
    RW: KEVIN PRINCE BOATENG
    CF: ASAMOAH GYAN (c)
    ST: WARRIS

    Formation : 4-2-3-1

    With the pair of ASAMOAH and RABUI in midfield ASAMOAH has the creative control with RABUI doing all the dirty work

  37. Papa yaw says:

    Gk: KWARASEY
    Lb: wakaso
    CB: Jonathan mensah
    CB: john BOYE
    RB: Daniel OPARE
    Cm: RABUI Mohammed
    Cm: Kwadwo ASAMOAH
    LW: Dede ayew
    RW: Kevin Prince Boateng
    Cf: GYAN (c)
    St: warris

    Formation 4-2-3-1

    With the pair of RABUI and ASAMOAH in midfield allows ASAMOAH creative control in the middle with RABUI breaks opponents play and does the rest of the dirty work

  38. Papa Addo says:

    Daniel Opare-John Boye-Jonathan Mensah-Harrison Afful

    Afriyie Acquah–Emmanuel Agyeman Badu

    Andre Ayew———–Jordan Ayew———Kwadwo Asamoah

    Asamoah Gyan
    If waris is fit, take jordan out- put ANdre at CAM and waris at RM
    BOATENG and ESSIEN are dont play with HEART ANYMORE.
    MUNTARI could start in CDM for experience as well

  39. Papa Addo says:

    Adam Larsen Kwarasey

    Daniel Opare-John Boye-Jonathan Mensah-Harrison Afful

    Afriyie Acquah–Emmanuel Agyeman Badu

    Andre Ayew———–Jordan Ayew———Kwadwo Asamoah

    Asamoah Gyan
    If waris is fit, take jordan out- put ANdre at CAM and waris at RM
    BOATENG and ESSIEN are dont play with HEART ANYMORE.
    MUNTARI could start in CDM for experience as well

  40. isquared says:

    4-4-2 formation with any combination of our players against any of the teams in our group (U.S., Germany, Portugal) will be a disaster as we will loose the midfield battle and be even more exposed defensively than we were against a relatively “toothless” South Korea side. A 4-5-1 defensive plus 4-2-3-1 offensive formation is THE best tactical approach to winning against any of the three tactically-strong teams in our group!!!

  41. kwadwo says:

    ———–Gyan————–

    Dede——-Boateng——-Jordan

    ———Muntari—-Essien———-

    Asamoah—Boye—-Mensah—Opare

    —————Kwarasey—————–

  42. isquared says:

    Jordan and Warris can be paired up with primary striker Gyan ONLY when we can afford to play a 4-4-2 formation against a defensive-minded or weak opponent. The two plus KPB and Atsu do NOT track back well to assist the fullbacks defensively. Adomah, Wakaso and even Inkoom as wingers or outside midfielders do a much better job tracking back to support the fullbacks. Fellow forumites, at this level, it is NOT who (which players) but WHAT TACTICAL FORMATION you employ that matters the most. As long as coach Kwesi Appiah gets his tactics and formations right, this group of players (better overall crop than 2006 and 2010) can go all the way to at least the semi-finals. As former U.S. President Bill Clinton smartly said the obvious: “IT IS THE TACTICS, stupid!!!” at this level in world-class soccer instead of which players are used. Remember, Ghana achieved more in 2009 (U-20 World Cup) and 2010 (Afcon + World Cup) with relative “unknowns” because the coaches employed the right tactics for the games against even more star-studded teams!!!

  43. FavouredOne says:

    1. Adam Kwarasey

    2. Daniel Opare

    3. Kwadwo Asamoah

    4. J. Mensah

    5. John Boye

    6. M. Essien

    7. Sulley Muntari/Rabiu

    8. Kevin P. Boateng

    9. Dede Ayew

    10. Asamoah Gyan

    11. Warris/Jordan

  44. sharky says:

    So because Jordan scored a hatrick, all of a sudden he has replaced Waris huh? Don’t be bias folks, Waris is more deadly and sharp than Jordan..

  45. Yaw says:

    ———–Gyan————–

    Asamoah——-Boateng——-Jordan

    ———Dede—–Essien———-

    Opare—Boye—-Mensah—Inkoom

    —————Kwarasey—————–

  46. ALHAJI MOHAMMED -GERMANY says:

    I think GSN IS BEEN BRIBE BY DAUDA OR SOMEBODY;WHO ONLY WANTS TO TANISH THE IMAGE OF KWARESEY:::BUT WHO GOD BLESS NO ONE CAN HARM::ITS SSAID IN THE BIBLE AND KORAN:::::

    I REMEMBER AFTER THE GAME WITH HOLLAND;UPON ALL WHAT KWARASEY DID;THE MAN OF THE MATCH;GSN RATED HIM WITH 6/10:::IF SOMEOF YOU COULD REMEMBER:::WHY ALL THIS AGAINST THIS GUY KWARASEY;IS HE NOT THE SAME GHANAIAN LIKE DAUDA:::::I MEAN THE MORE GSN DO THIS THE MORE DAUDA BEEN HATE;COURSE GSN IS NOT FAIR TO KWARASEY:::THIS IS A WORD FROM TO THE GSN:::::THEY SHOULD TRY TO BE FAIR OR NOT COMMENT::::

    THE WHOLE GHANAIAN ARE SEEING WHAT THEY SEE AND YOU GSN TRY TO TELL THEM SOMETHING ELSE::NO WONDERFUL CORRUPTION WILL NEVER END IN AFRIKA:::DAUDA IS NOT EVEN HAPPY WITH HIS OWN PERFORMANCES AGAINST KOREAN:::HE SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT THE REFFRE TOOK FAUL GAINST KOREAN WITH THIS HEADER GOAL::::IF GSN DOENST LIKE KWARASEY IS NOT FORCE TO MOMMENT ON HIM THEY SHOULD RATHER LEAVE HIM ALONE::THATS MY ONLY ADVICE AS GHANAIAN:::::I KNOW DAUDA VERY WELL HIS PARENTS:::HE UNSED TO TRAIN WITH MY COUSIN:::AT MADINA::THEREFORE I HAVE NO REASON TO HATE OR DISLIKE HIM:::FACT IS FACT :::::EVEN WITH MY OWN BROTHER IS NOT GOOD AS A FOOTBALLER RATHER ENCOURAGE THE TRAINER TO TAKE THOSE HE THINKS ARE GOOD TO DEFEND OUR MOTHERLAND GHANA::::ITS ABOUT GHANA;THEREFORE GHANA FIRST::::GOD BLESS US ALL AND OUR MOTHERLAND GHANA

  47. Abrantie says:

    Harrison Afful should not start lol. The Koreans ripped him apart. If the Koreans could have finished better, the score wouldve been 4-3 or even a tied game. I rather have Opare at the RB position. Rabiu Mohammed should also benched.

  48. OHENENANA says:

    STRIKERS:
    Gyan and Boateng we need 2 our strong strikers because they have really weak defenders with not alot of strenght and we have to take advantage Waris should be used as a superdun because when he comes in late he can use his speed to help create more goal storing chances
    MIDFIELDERS:
    On the left Asamoah with his pace and strenght he can helpout in both left back and left wing on the right Ayew he is deadly on the right and is good support for the strikers in the middle Acquah and Muntari because we need a young midfielder cable of runing from box to box for 90 minutes like Essien used to do and we need the leadership of Muntari in midfield Atsu should be a supersub when comes in he always creaties more chances for us he is fast and good on the counter
    DEFENDERS:
    On the left Afful he is a good defender he makes fast runs forward and he is a good crosser on the right Opare he has strenght and speed he is sollid in defence and can go forward when needed in the middle Boye and Essien Boye is a fast and tall defender he is good in the air and makes good interseptions Essien should lead the back he is a senior player he has the strenght to block attacks from the american dempsey and Johansson song have that much strenght so he can easily push them away
    KEEPERS:
    Kwarasey after the netherlands friendly Its clear that he is capeble of making crucial saves he just needs a good back line indrong of him to keep a clean sheet

    From what i have seen in our 3 previous friendlies and the 3 previous friendlies of the USA my prediction is that Boateng will score early for us 10-20 minutes they Dempsey scores the 1-1 30-40 minutes and just before time Gyan scores the 2-1 40-45 and just after time Gyan scores the 3-1 45-50 minutes they start pressing us to score a goal and then Waris and Atsu come in and Waris scores on the counter to make it 4-1 and end the game 70-80

  49. @MO says:

    This display against a team like Korea sucks, our players lack team work, no positional discipline, no connection between midfield and attack, we won the game… yess, but we need more than what we saw against Korea to beat the likes of Germany and Portugal….Our players need to know what role they play and concentrate on their positions first, Appiah needs to settle on which midfielders to pair because we have great talent in that area, Kelvin should be deployed for the free role and creating for the team than seeking his personal glory……

    1. Kwarasey 2. Opare/Inkoom 3. Harrison 4. j. Mensah 5. JohnBoye 6.Muntari/ Rabui 7. Atsu 8. k. Asamoa 9.Gyan 10. Kelvin 11. Dede

  50. KWAME AFREH says:

    ————————— Adam Kwarasey———————————-

    ——–Afful———Mensah——–Boye————K Asamoah———

    ——————S Muntari————- M. Essien————————–

    ——–Kevin——-Waris———-A. Gyan———Dede—————-

    Will later replace muntari or essien with OPARE AND MOVE K. Asamoah to midfield . Opare and Afful can then switch position for left back and right back

  51. Yaw Den says:

    FavoredOne you the best. Man you can be coach

  52. SHAOLIN says:

    KWARASEY
    INKOOM MENSAH BOYE OPARE

    DEDE PRINCE K.ASAMOAH

    ESSIEN

    JORDAN GYAN

  53. Kwame says:

    ———–Gyan————–

    Ayew——-Boateng——-J.Ayew

    ———Muntari—-Acquah———-

    Asamoah—Boye—-Essien—Opare

    —————Kwarasey—————–

  54. Kwesi says:

    ———–Gyan————–

    Ayew——-Boateng——-Atsu

    ———Muntari—-Acquah———-

    Asamoah—Boye—-Essien—Opare

    —————Kwarasey—————–

  55. Ice says:

    Kwarasey ,afful , boye, mensah,asamoah,

    adoma, essien,rabiu ,adre

    k.p ,Gyan,