FIFA shortlists Andre Ayew's strike against USA among best 2014 World Cup goals
FIFA has shortlisted Ghana winger Andre Ayew’s goal against the United States for the best goal at the 2014 World Cup.
The Black Stars goal against the Yanks is among the 15 goals selected by FIFA’s panel of experts for the best goal of the competition which ended last week in Brazil.
Fans across the globe are being given the chance to vote for the best goal of the tournament which means Ghanaians and Africans can get to vote the Ayew’s goal.
That is because Ayew’s goal in the only African goal among the best goals in the competition with five African countries participating.
Ghana may have lost 2-1 to the United States in its opening Group G match in Fortaleza but Ayew could be a winner from the sad episode.
His goal, which briefly brought the two teams level, has been selected by FIFA’s experts in a shortlist for Goal of the Tournament of Brazil 2014.
The goal consisted of a pass into the left hand channel from Kwadwo Asamoah, a sublime back-heeled pass from captain Asamoah Gyan and a shot with the outside of the left boot of Ayew after he controlled the pass.
But it was not enough to save Ghana as a few minutes later John Brook connected a corner to win the match for the Americans.
Fans have the opportunity to choose the strike that tops the lot from the World Cup and will succeed Diego Forlan’s sweet volley against South African from the last World Cup.
However, Ayew’s goal faces strong competition from the classy volley from Colombia’s James Rodriguez against Uruguay, Robin Van Persie’s audacious header against Spain, the unstoppable free-kick from David Luiz against Colombia, Tim Cahill’s first-time volley against Holland, World Cup winner Andre Schurlle’s left-footed angled shot against Brazil and a host of many others including Lionel Messi’s free kick against Nigeria.