FIFA technical study reveals Gyan, Andre & Afful are Ghana's best players at 2014 World Cup
FIFA’s technical study at the 2014 World Cup has revealed that Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan and two team-mates, Andre Ayew and Harrison Afful were the Black Stars best players at the tournament in Brazil.
Despite Kwadwo Asamoah’s impressive showing at ther tournament he was not included in the list released by the world governing this week following the conclusion of the reports.
Disciplinary problems also seem to have cost Sulley Muntari his place in the top three players as he was also among Ghana’s stand-out performers in the tournament before he was axed.
Gyan was hailed by the FIFA report for his leadership qualities on the pitch and also his selflessness, his power and skill.
Ayew was praised for his mobility, confusing opponents with his movements and power in the use of his head while Afful was noted his efficiency in both defence and attack as well as his precise crosses.
Revealing Ghana’s best players, the FIFA Technical Study Group, took into consideration all the three matches the Black Stars played in Brazil before revealing the key players at the 2014 World Cup.
FIFA’s Technical Study Group – TSG, singled out the trio in their post-tournament report released on Thursday.
Though Ghana were ranked 25th after the 32-team tournament and exited in the first round, the TSG report handed out rave reviews for the trio.
GYAN Asamoah: team leader, mobile, creates opportunities for team-mates by running wide or dropping deep to draw defence out, skilful and powerful.
AYEW Andre: mobile and energetic, leaves opponents unbalanced by creating room with his movement, excellent headed goal versus Germany.
AFFUL Harrison: efficient in both defence and attack, excellent crosses from the right, strong in one-on-one situations in attack and defence, skilful and fast.
Coach Kwesi Appiah style of play was also praised with the TSG noting the following as positives:
- Good links between the team lines
- Midfield pressing
- Patient build-up play from the back through the midfield
- Attacks using the width
- Effective use of full-backs
- Good individual technique
- Athletic players
The main findings and comprehensive statistics of the 64-match analysis will be discussed with delegations from the various confederations expected to deliberate on the report.
Events are scheduled to take place as follows:
- UEFA, Saint Petersburg, 16-17 September 2014
- CAF, Cairo, 30 September – 1 October 2014
- AFC/OFC, Kuala Lumpur, 29-31 October 2014
Do you agree with the FIFA report that Gyan, Ayew and Afful were Ghana’s best players at the World Cup? What about Kwadwo Asamoah and Muntari? Do you agree with them that coach Appiah’s style was good? Make your view known in the box below: