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Black Stars can beat 'average' Portugal - Ishmael Yartey

Posted On Tuesday, 10th December 2013
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Ghana winger Ishmael Yartey says Portugal is not a fearsome side as others would make many to believe after the Africans were drawn against the European side in the group phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Black Stars will battle the National Team of the Shields in group G’s final game in Brasilia on June 26.

But they must first negotiate their ties against ‘old friends’ USA and Germany at Natal and Fortaleza respectively.

The group has been touted as the ‘group of death’ particularly because of Portugal and especially a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ghanaian local fans have remained cautiously optimistic ahead of the tournament, but Yartey who plays for Swiss side Sion FC, admits the enormity of the task but insists the pedigree of Portugal is being overblown out of proportion.

“We are in a tough group. It’s tough because all the teams in the group are capable of qualifying to the next stage,” Yartey said

“There is no small team or country in today’s modern game. That’s why we have upsets and stuff.

“They (Portugal) have fine players but I don’t think we should be afraid of them.

They are not as dangerous as many are making us feel. They are good side, no two ways about it but we can match them.”

 

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. CEREBRAL says:

    Where did Yartey use the word ‘average’…..poor journalism. Do not get arrogant. Don’t put words in player’s mouths. Stick to what Yartey said not what will bring you readers…..we are not fools…we can read in-between the lines:
    This is what Yartey said according to your article:

    “They (Portugal) have fine players but I don’t think we should be afraid of them.

    “They are not as dangerous as many are making us feel. They are good side, no two ways about it but we can match them.”

  2. fred says:

    lets wait and see. guys we have Soccernet watsup page if u are interested hit me on 0543698566

  3. Abrantie says:

    @cerebral – can you blame him? That’s his job! Obviously he’s doing his job well if you’re reading and commenting hahaha.

    • texas says:

      hahahahhaaaaaaaaa….Abrantie you are funny paaa, but your are right! such Captions are meant to pull people like CEREBRAL to start a debate and bring traffic to the site and its working….

      • CEREBRAL says:

        The ‘caption’ used could have been better stated. We all know Portugal is not ‘average’. Putting false words in Yartey’s mouth will not help him, if that’s what your intentions are. Changing your name to post additional remarks to make it sound like you have a following is not going to fly either. Just stick to facts and you will get more readers and clients.

    • CEREBRAL says:

      Journalists are supposed to elucidate, not to mask the facts. Just look at the traffic on this blog……not that many readers. Some readers will not state like I do why they will not come back to this blog.





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