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Ghana miss out on AFCON bronze after Mali defeat in playoff

Posted On Saturday, 9th February 2013

Kwadwo Asamoah battling with Kalilou Traore in midfield

History repeated itself on Saturday as Mali secured a second successive third-place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with the Eagles defeating Ghana 3-1 at a soaked Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The fixture was a repeat of the 2012 Afcon third-place playoff, when Mali defeated Ghana 2-0 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

With cloudy conditions persisting, heavy rain started to fall half-an-hour before kick-off, making conditions increasingly difficult for both free-flowing sets of players.

The Ghanaians dominated the early exchanges and were in with the first chance after five minutes, but skipper Asamoah Gyan’s tame effort on target failed to trouble Mali goalkeeper Soumbeila Diakite, who made a routine save.

Five minutes later, Mahamadou Samassa had Mali’s first opportunity, after the striker was put through on goal, but Samassa fired his shot from a tight angle straight at keeper Fatawu Dauda, who made a solid stop on the ground.

Shortly after, Christian Atsu should have done better for Ghana when he received an excellent delivery across the face of goal from Solomon Asante, but Atsu shot straight at Diakite, with the keeper making a superb reflex save from close-range.

With action swinging from end-to-end, Samassa broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, handing last year’s bronze medalists the early advantage.

Adama Tamboura made a darting run down the left flank after a patient build-up by the Eagles, before putting an accurate ball in the Ghana area, as Samassa made contact with his head from a diving effort, beating Dauda who could do nothing from close-range.

Ghana came back strongly and brought the crowd to their feet as they thought Kwadwo Asamoah’s shot went in, but the Juventus striker could only find the side-netting with his effort from right of the goal.

With rain bucketing down, Mubarak Wakaso forced a diving save from Diakite, after the joint leading goal-scorer of the tournament unleashed a fierce left-footed attempt, but Diakite — recalled after missing the semifinal — was up to the task.

Samassa came agonisingly close for Mali three minutes from the break as he managed to lift a neat ball over Dauda, who came rushing out to stop the advancing forward, but Samassa’s chip hit the upright and bounced wide.

Mali were on the offensive and captain Keita asked further questions of the Ghana defence, narrowly missing a volleyed shot at goal, which was to be the last opportunity before the interval.

The Eagles stretched their advantage just two minutes into the second period when Keita smashed home past Dauda, after receiving a low pass across the goalmouth from Ousmane Coulibaly, leaving the shot-stopper with no chance.

Controversy, however, was not far away as referee Otogo Arnaud awarded Ghana a 57th minute penalty after Salif Coulibaly was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his own area.

Sensing a comeback was on the cards, Wakaso stepped up confidently, but flashed his effort over the goal, failing to add to his four strikes in the tournament – three of which came from the penalty spot.

Shortly after the hour mark, Gyan tested Diakite once again, as the striker hit a curling free-kick on target, only for Diakite to make a diving save to his right, denying the Black Stars their opener.

Keita responded with a free-kick of his own, but Dauda was equal to the task, tipping the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner.

Looking in top shape, Keita thought he had doubled his tally in the 72nd minute but was ruled offside by the linesman.

Having suffered a dismal evening, Asamoah sparked a revival from the Ghanaians as he pulled a goal back eight minutes from time, after his long-range strike appeared to have moved in the air, deceiving Diakite, who dived past the ball, handing the Black Stars their only goal of the match.

Second-half replacement Sigamaray Diarra had the last say, restoring Mali’s two goal advantage and ensuring victory in injury time, after he volleyed in a well-taken effort from inside the Ghana area.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Chibesa says:

    Ghana,the bridesmaids of African football!

  2. Viper says:

    Pointless,we need Strikers,strikers,strikers,striker,strikers,strikers.Until we solve our striking problem,we will not be winning tournaments any time soon.Our defense can be good,our midfield is good,strikers has been our achilles-heel hence bitter disappointments.We also need to change our system of play, this 4-5-1 introduced by the Serbian coaches isn’t working anymore,we need to change that system of play and play more expansive football.

    • capstone says:

      Ghana’s midfield is no more there. Matches are won in the midfield, the dropping of Ayew is regretful. As you rightly said Asamoah Gyan’s performance is disappointing. Black Stars need to be reorganized before world cup qualifier resumes, or else …..

      • Tetteyfio says:

        We have not had a good striker for a long time. Our positioning in central defense was a problem today. All the Mali goals came as result of our center backs missing their men. And yes, we need to start looking for a striker. Asamoah Gyan has done his part but he is aging and has lost his touch a bit.

        • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

          GH VS MALI….
          I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WILL USE KASA IN MIDFIELD. USE HIM ON THE LEFT WING ALWAYS TO USE HIS LEFTFOOT!
          WHEN MENSAH N AWAL CAME IN, LOOK HOW RELAXED THE DEFENCE WAS? MAKAA AKAA, U PPL NEVER LISTEN, WHY? FREE ADVICE TOO U DONT WANT? GYIMI
          VORSAH IS NOT A MOBILE DEFENDER AT ALL….WHY EVEN START BOYE?
          AA/QQ AND NYANTAKYI MUST BE SENT TO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, TO THE LIONS DEN.
          WHERE WAS ANNAN? WHY START GYAN AGAIN? WHY DIDNT YOU START YIADOM AND CLOTTEY?
          AA/QQ, I TOLD YOU TO USE THE 532 FORMATION. THAT IS THE GOLDEN FORMATION.
          THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT WITH THE PLAYERS, BUT THE COACH. THE PLAYERS ARE NOT EVEN FIT PHYSICALLY. NO METAL LIFTING
          I KEEP TELLING YOU TO MAKE SURE THE PLAYERS LIFT SOME METAL. IT PROTECTS THEM AGAINST INJURIES
          AND STRENGTHENS THEIR LIGAMENTS. SO THEY ARE ABLE TO HEAL MUCH QUICKER FROM INJURIES.
          I SAID ALL THESE THINGS FROM DAY 1, BUT GHPPL WERE INSULTING ME. LOOK AT THE PHYSIQUE OF THE OTHER NATIONS?
          NYANTAKYI AND AA/QQ APPIAH MUST GO INTO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, THE LIONS DEN.
          IF DESAILLY CANT TAKE OVER, ALLOW MAXWELL KONADU. I WOULD BE HONORED TO MEET HIM. HE WILL ACHIEVE GREATNESS, THAT GUY.
          I JUST HOPE HE TAKES CARE OF HUMSELF BCOS GHFUO ARE WICKED. THEY WILL TRY TO POISIN HIM, KILL HIM.
          MAX IS A SMART GUY N PREPARES WELL FOR EVERY OPPONENT. HE IS NOT SUPERSTITIOUS LIKE AKWASI APPIAH.
          APPIAH BELIEVES IN THINGS HE HIMSELF DOES NOT UNDERSTAND, SO HE WILL ALWAYS SUFFER. I MEAN HOW CAN U BELIEVE OR HAVE GYIDI POWER
          IN SOMETHING YOU DONT EVEN UNDERSTAND/ONUU SHISHI? (under stand).
          IM SURE APPIAH WENT AND CONSULTED JUJU BEFORE THE
          AFCON TOURNEY AND THOUGHT JUJU WOULD SAVE HIS BLACK ASS. WAT A FOOL. HE SHULD GO AND ASK MOURINHO, RIJKAARD, GUARDIOLA, FERGUSON
          IF THEY HAVE JUJU..muahahaha agyeeeii!…TYPICAL OLD FOOL SET IN HIS WAYS.
          THIS IS WAT WE CALL SUPERSTITIION…LIKE JUJU! AA/QQ, MALLAM CHOP YOUR MONEY FREE!
          TONY BAFFOE FOR GFA HEAD. WE DONT NEED A WHITE COACH. WE NEED TO STOP DEALING WITH PUMA!
          I BELIEVE IN KONADU OR DESAILLY COACHING GBSTARS ASAP! THEY ARE OUR ONLY HOPE, THESE 2.
          LOOK, I DONT KNOW WHY GOD HAS BLESSED ME WITH ALL THESE WORTHY IDEAS.
          IM NOT SEEKING ANY MONETARY GAIN FOR MY IDEAS. I JUST WANT TO SEE GH DO WELL SO WE CAN ALL HAVE HAPPINESS AND PEACE IN OUR HOMES.
          GFA, YOU EITHER TAKE ADVANTAGE AND BE SUCCESSFUL OR YOU DONT AND PERISH.
          IF AA HAD LISTENED OR RESPECTED MY IDEAS FROM DAY 1, HE WOULD HAVE AT
          LEAST BEEN IN THE FINAL. WHAT A SHAME!
          THANK YOU….
          tuxman06@yahoo.ca

          • don king says:

            @ GH FUO, i ve been following ur submissions frm day 1 as yu rightly said about the tactics of coach Akwasi Appiah nd i must say abt 90% of them is true. bt i want to appeal that try nd b mindful abt som of ur words esp. abt d insults, i dont think it wll help all of us, bt apart frm dat i totally agree wt yu that both Kwesi Nyantakyi and Kwesi Appiah shld be axed from our football fraternity. jst look at how aggressive jonathan mensah was, even within d few minutes he was introduced? i fink AA was confused on the day. bt am nt also suprised abt his poor performance because d person in question hasnt coached any club b4 in his lifetym nd so d question is ON WHAT BASIS WAS HE GIVEN THE APPOINTMENT? was it bcus he has been an assistant to several coaches or is it that bcuz Ghanaians needed a local coach nd so he shld authomatically b d 1? i think experience is what 1 does consistently and persistently nd wt AAs capacity as an assistant coach on several occassions, i think he has experience in that regard. we gave him d opportunity to prove himself bt he failed woefully and to me as a manager yu need to b able to manage pple wt different characters. who can b stubborn in football than Balloteli bt he was still being managed by Manchini wen he was wt man city nd he was delivering for him, nd for me that d most important thing. Dropping the Ayew brothers was d worst decision made by AA, nd that really costed him dearly. sometimes on the field of play wen things are difficult d playing body themselves need som 1 who can inspire nd motivate his colleagues to deliver nd that person do not necessarily need to b d captain nd i personally see that trait in Dede Ayew who on a good day can carry d team on his shoulders. dont forget that he did that wt d under 20 in lifting that throphy nd again even against Burkina he carried us through wt dat header. for Gyan d least said abt him d better, i fink he was d worst player in d ghanaian team bcuz d Gyan we knew 2 yrs ago is nt d same Gyan we know jst within 3 yrs in that, hes now lazy on the pitch, hes becoming rusty, hes put up weight making it difficult for him to even run wt pace. how can we take a striker who also happens to b our captain to a tournament nd score only 1 goal, that is totally unacceptable

          • Plankman says:

            Why do you type in capital letters? It looks awkward if you dont know

  3. LUKMAN says:

    HUUUUUUUM. WE ARE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. WE NEED TO WORK ON OUR TECKNICALL ABILITY AND THE COACH SHOULD CORRECT SOME MISTAKES HE MADE. WE ARE NOT THE BETTER SIDE . OH AYEW AND MUNTARI ,HUUUUUM LET HOPE FOR THE BEST

  4. Papadinho says:

    Sack the coach!!!!!!!

    • New york says:

      leave the coach alone..atleast we scored a goal unlike last year in this same fixture.

    • New york says:

      Why do u alwats rush to rire coach????

    • Tetteyfio says:

      The problem is not the coach. We do not have very good players. That is the problem

      • musah fifa says:

        some of you are hypocrites, is’t not because of this same problem the GFA sack the other coach? why are you saying that the problem is not the coach now? is’t because he is a Ghanaian or an Akan?

        • Tetteyfio says:

          Musah fifa read my comments below. It will answer your question. We can sack every coach as much as we want, Ghanaian or non-Ghanaian. We have been sacking coaches left, right and center but our problems still exist. This means the problems lie elsewhere. Most Ghanaians are physically-challenged and in the African cup that physical structure becomes a liability. I am not saying we should not use small-framed player at all. There are some good small-framed players. But for the African Cup matches, we need players with good physique and have the technical skills. We do not have many of those types of players in Ghana. So there is a need for our technical team to diligently search for those types of players for Ghana, especially those outside Ghana. If we do not do that then we will continue to struggle in the African cup. In the world cup, our smaller physique does not become too much of a liability because teams outside Africa do not player physical games.

  5. sammie says:

    @Chibesa lo!!!hehehehehehehehe hey am looking for a blogger called zambia is how shit hoe pliz.hey how is the mood in ghana.but dont worry atlist a west african country will win.remember that how u used to confort urselves i hope that cnforting n guess ghana does not feel like west africa but rather mo like north Atlantic ocean now because of the tears.uhmmm come baby stop crying here is a tissue

  6. Viper says:

    In the semi-final, we had so many chances to have won that game,only for Asamaoh Gyan to waste the chances,we need young contenders,Waris,Jordan,Boakye-Yiadom and some good local strikers.This team is good,we can reinforce with experienced midfielders,Muntari,Essien,Abeyie and of course Dede.

  7. Real says:

    Better to have won something than always coming out 4th. Ghana has reached its maximum achievemnent level, which is 3rd or 4th place. A 30 year old person in Ghana has no idea whatsoever how it feels to win the Africa Cup. I dont know if 1982 rings a bell in your flat heads. On another hand, you guys believe so much in juju. That shit can only go so far. For 30 years you have used juju in international soccer and you have not won anything. The practice of Juju in your team is all over the news, BBC, Sky Sport and CNN included. What a shame. I dont even know whether to refer to you as Black-magic stars or Bulshit stars. Well done Mali

    • impotent Ghana says:

      Oh my God , they are just black soil . A bunch of juju users . Ghana cannot be the best, Laways rely on fake penalties to progress. Even yesterday, they got a fake penalty, Even Wakaso, the potential top scorer has just been scoring panalties

  8. Eben says:

    HMM I ASK. IF YOU SCORE A TEAM 1-0 AND THE TEAMS COMES BACK TO SCORE 3-1 THEN WHO DID THE THINKING. I GUESS ONE OF THEM COULD NOT THINK OR……

    • KK says:

      Kwasi Appiah should be replaced immediately. We don’t like the lack of tactics, player selection, and lack of urgency and determination and will from the players. We can’t afford to risk not going to the World Cup in brazil. I don’t think Kwasi Appiah is the man to take us there. Lets be realistic. No emotion involved.
      GFA pls go back to get an European coach ( no inferiority complex pls) to help us. We can’t afford not to go to Brazil.
      Why K Appiah didn’t persuade Essien, Muntari, A Ayew and John Mensah to play in this Afcon? We could have performed better with these players involved. K Appiah is not ready for the job. Black stars are breaking the nations heart with K Appiah at the helm. The above players are currently the backbone of black stars so he shouldn’t have ignored them.

      • Experience Coach says:

        Yes yes yes! sack Akwasi Appiah. I dont think he is capable to lead Ghana to the worldcup stage. Look at how Ghana is struggling with just African teams. This is so sad. Let him go!

      • Tetteyfio says:

        I do not think the problem is with the coach. Why have all the coaches in the previous years not won the African cup for Ghana? We do better in the World cup for a reason. We have too many physically challenged players (small players). We need to get players who have good physique added to the team. We struggle against teams that play the physical game likes Mali, Burkina Faso, even Niger. Please add some physicality to our game. The African Cup is a physical game and Ghana is lacking in the physical part. There is a reason why we do well in the World Cup but not the African Cup. The African cup is a physical game.

  9. Yenkasa says:

    I told you so…KA is still on experimental stages of his coaching.He is not there yet and I wonder if we can ever qualify for world cup with this boring football.

  10. Akpotro says:

    This is exactly what happens when u go to a tournament with 20 fucking defenders, 3 goal keepers and bogus coaches and officials! We only got through to the semis by luck and everybody knows! I’m sure the next time Nyanteshi sets eyes on the coach, it will be sacking time! There’s no hope until some real some bogus people are gotten rid of, I can’t stress this enough!

  11. CYRIUSEDEVIRUZ says:

    MY STARTING ELEVEN IF GIVEN THE CHANCE…..1. AYEW 2.AYEW 3. AYEW 4.AYEW 5…….. 6…….. 7…… 8…… 9.JO AYEW 10.DEDE AYEW 11.AYEW WHAT A FUCKING TEAM WILL THIS BE…..OH FEEL FREE TO FILL IN THE BLANKS CUS I AM VERY OPEN MINDED..BUT IF THATS HARD TO DO, OH WELL FUCK IT.. JUST GET MORE AYEWS..!!!!

  12. yopoo says:

    Nw where ar the fools who are trying defend this good for nothing coach?
    This man has nothing to offer Ghana he must go period.

    • OBJECTIVE ZAMBIAN says:

      Your coach is good . He only messed himself up on team selection, I dont see the reason for dropping Jordan ayew and abedi Ayew. Those are intelligent young men that can undo any defence in the world . I have seen them play. How do you drop such players and maintain Gyan . We all got shocked

  13. New york says:

    Kwesi Appiah is still a good coach,what he needs is a bit more exposure and tis is not the right time to sack a coach..Sudan is coming next month.

  14. chrisgya says:

    I tot gh could win without d AYEWS ….Political mind…how dangerously it works …..Fire d coach n d entire BS mgt team…SHAME!! !!!!

  15. Kisy says:

    Hmm!! I think akwesi Appiah must come out with his philosophy for the team. Whether it is attacking football he wants to play or be defensive. This inconsistencies in the playing pattern is really not helping. If we are going to maintain him, he really needs to go for courses to upgrade himself! Tactically, he needs to improve.

    • Awal says:

      Thankyou Kisy,AA just need a refresher course cos he’s still a good coach!

      • Redd says:

        Do you think the black stars is a learning material for some incompetent coach.Look at ghana vs cape verde;the air traffic contoller (part-time coach) showed the whole world that Akwasi Appiah was a shit coach.Except for the thievery by referees cape verde deserved to have gone through. Better we go for the cape verde coach than continue with this akwasi appiah who knows next to nothing.He came to the team and all he did was to sell our captaincy to the dubai amateur league player.

        • PITO says:

          tell them. at least last Afcon we played gud soccer and lost to zambia. this time round even Burkina faso killed us. forget Cape verd. Our team is gradually loosing steam becos we the criteria for selecting coaches is simpleYOU HAVE TO BE GHANAMAN ( whether qualified or not). I wonder if we have illiterates in our management departments. The world is moving forward and what point are we trying to prove? inward looking Bigots!

          • OBJECTIVE ZAMBIAN says:

            PITO. I agree with you, GFA should have maintained the team the faced Zambia in 2012 AFCON, despite losing, that team was very combative and moved with purpose . I must admit that even though we beat you guys, that team was a classic. Gyan is good , but lacks the killer instict

  16. junior mafia says:

    Its official appiah should b sacked,how can u use a central defender as a defensive one.still experimenting aftr camping in dubai so wat was he teachn da guys in camp wtf. .akwesi tried to get da team to attack mali from da left side of the defense like nigeria did it wasnt workin but still he kept using dat side,u think after da nigerian trashn dey qont fix it? Shit.i dont think he learnt anything as an assistant coach..he is takin orders and fieldin recomended playrs so som greedy ppl can make moni off dat.dis man might cost us a world cup qualification spot if care is not taken..diagrace at da highest order n surely dis should b it for gyan,clottey is another bomb.we need efficient n consistent strikers.

  17. yopoo says:

    The GFA must give Desailly also chance to prove himself the tribalistc maniac can’t take us anywhere.

  18. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Hahahaha what a shambolic performance by the B/S. OMG!! I cant stop laughing watching this game. Sending school boys like Kissi Boateng, Awal, Asante for a major tourney like this. Also when did Awal started playing as a midfielder? This coach is clueless, sack him now or else we not gonna qualify for the WC in Brazil.

    And to those Kotoko fans we were making so much noise for Awal Mohammed to be included into the squad should also bow their heads in shame, his sluggish defending led to the 3rd goal for Mali. This coach has totally lost it, letting his emotions get over him by dropping so many good players for mediocre players like Kissi Boateng, Asante, Awal, D. Boateng, Painstil, Clottey & even Gyan.

    We need the Ayew brothers back including Essien, Muntari, Quincy, A. Aquah, Warris, Affum, D. Addy, N. K Asare, Yartey to beef up the team. Painstil & D. Boateng should do the honorable thing and retire from the national team, also the following players should be axed until they lift up their game :

    Kissi Boateng
    Asante
    Awal
    Clottey
    Gyan.

    Finally we need a good coach with pedigree to take over from clueless A.A, Marcel “Odenkey” Desailly wont be a bad choice, he’ll command total respect from the players and can also manage the ones that have bigger egos. All these changes should be made or else there will be no WC qualification for Brazil.

  19. Adua says:

    Next assignment are THE NILE CROCCODILES OF SUDAN in 4 weeks time, so pliz lets maintain the same coach cos its too late to start looking around for a coach.Lets give him and the team our support for once!

  20. A concerned citizen says:

    It is not Akwasi Appiah alone who should be blamed but the players on the field too. Look at all the fat bonuses they were givibg but can not score all the chances that came their way. OMG even simple passes they can not make it happen. We all saw when our women participated in the U-20 World cup they could even give good passes and could hold the ball for sometime before loosing it to their opponents. Coach Appiah must change his tactics or else he will be changed. He must invite all the stars who could not make the trip immediately, These players are Abdul Majeed Warris,Andre Ayew,Frank Acheampong, Emmanuel Frimpong,Michael Essien, Afriyie Aquah, Owusu Abayie, Derek Asamoah, Jordan Ayew, John Mensah[when fit with a club, Nana Asare,[ Look for tall, stocky and strong players alone] These players must start from the bench or be dropped, Gyan, Asante, Derek Boateng, Mohammed Rabiu, Kissi Boateng.
    Here are some of the blunders he caused
    Ghana vs B.Fasso
    @How can you change your goalking when the game is heading towards penalty kicks?
    @How could you allow Gyan who has flopped to stay for the entire game?
    @How come you could not bring Adomah when both teams were tired after 90 minutes? Adomah has the speed to take them on but he messed up the opportunity
    @How do you move your best midfielder to the no.3 position whiles you have the rest of the defenders on the bench? These are some of the blunders coach Appiah caused. The players did not help him succeed

  21. bullman says:

    Over-rated team with average players who do nt know how take penalties

  22. W@………..? I thot u said u th greatest team in Africa. Bt hw cme?

  23. Luapula Fish says:

    Champion in talking and insults …jst wait for Chipolopolo

  24. mukmin says:

    The coach has failed miserably. We need Selas Tetteh to take over from Appiah, Tetteh has the credentials and silverware at both continental and world level as his achievements. Gyan should go anyone who still defends him after this dreadful performance at this year’s afcon is an idiot. Jordan played better than at at last year’s tourney and he was still dropped. How many more woeful performances must he exhibit b4 he’s finally dropped. He wouldn’t even make the bench of OM, see how we were dominated by the likes of Kabore and Pitropa who are not better than Dede and Jordan( both actually play with their real age) instead of us to encourage them and give them our full support Ghanaians are quick to spew envy and hate at them for what reason I don’t know. Don’t be jealous and envious of people because Allah blesses whomever he wills and curses whomever he will and there’s nothing you envy and jealousy can do to stop it. Jordan and Waris deserved to be starting ahead of Gyan. The coach need to give them a chance and also his support like Leroy did to Gyan when he was misfiring at 2008 afcon it was Agogo, Muntari and Quincy who carried the team in that competition but the coach stood by him. Appiah has no guts and needs to fired. Take the captain’s armband from Gyan a guy who went on a self imposed exile from the team what kind if leadership trait is that, when the going gets tough he abandons ship, a coward and dreadful striker is what he is his time is up and he should make way gracefully.

  25. Last yr we got it, ths yr lost it. Bt u guys lost it both last year & this yr. Simple maths here, we are better than u that’s y we owez beat u. Stop having a big mouth now

  26. STUPID GHANAIAN says:

    Bronze gone and Ghana gets charcoal. Sack the coach before he lands in Ghana!!.

  27. PITO says:

    Get well soon. GFA must take care of our players. John Boye is injured we must not repeat past mistakes , lets take good care of him.

    THE PROBLEM IS THE COACH. KASA’s goal was just individual brilliance. AS LONG AS A.A REMAINS COACH GYAN WILL CONTINUE TO BE CAPTAIN. THE GUY HAS NO ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS ON THE PITCH. HE HAS SOLD HIS SHARPNESS AND AGILITY FOR EASY MONEY. THE GYAN WE KNOW WILL NOT COME BACK BECAUSE HE IS IN ARAB FOOTBALL AND EASY MONEY BE SWEET. TWEAKAI! WE CANNOT MANAGE OUR FOOTBALL LIKE A FAMILY BUSINESS. GFA is TREATING A.A LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER, A.A IS ALSO TREATING DEREK BOATENG, GYAN AND PANTSIL LIKE FAMILY MEMBER. IF ONLY THEY WERE THE BEST WE HAVE THEN NO PROBLEM BUT THE TRUTH IS WE HAVE BETTER PLAYERS. A.A DOESNT EVEN KNOW HOW TO USE OUR BEST PLAYERS. WE HAVE WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AGAINST SUDAN IN A MONTH TIME. BRING IN CLAUDE LEROY OF DRC BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. AT LEAST HE KNOWS THE GHANA TERRAIN ALREADY. CLAUDE LEROY IS NOT HAPPY AT DRC
    I HAVE HEARD. GFA NE SMART..GFA DO THE RIGHT THING AMD COERCE HIM. RACISM WILL DESTROY OUR FOOTBALL WE NEED A COMPETENT COACH WHETHER BLACK OR WHITE. A.A IS NOT READY. GFA ESCHEW YOUR INWARD LOOKING ATTITUDE AND HIRE AN INTERNATIONAL COACH ASAP. Otherwise YOU NYANTAKYI MUST GO. A.A LOST TO ZAMBIA, HE WILL LOOSE AGAIN BECAUSE HE IS NOMORE TECHNICALLY SOUND THAN EVEN THE ZAMBIA COACH.
    DO YOU GUYS REALLY THINK WE CAN BEAT SUDAN AND ZAMBIA WITH A.A IN CHARGE? EVEN LESOTHO MIGHT CAUS E US PROBLEMS WHEN WE GO THERE BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE JETLAGGDLED LIKE BEFORE WHEN TJEY ARRIVED THE SAME DAY AND VERSE US THE SAME DAY. APUU

    IF WORSE COMES TO WORSE EVEN I THINK MARCEL DESSAILLY WILL COMMAND MORE AUTHORITY BECAUSE HE NO BE KULULU. WE CQN GIVE HIM A CHANCE LIKE GERMANY GAVE JURGEN KLINSMAN A CHANCE AT THE WORLD CUP AMD HE PERFORMED.
    ALL I KNOW IS SACK THIS APPRENTICE COACHHHHHHH!

  28. Nigerian says:

    We shall pass by Accra to show them the cup tomorrow. Poor boys, the Malians taught them some football lessons today.

  29. Kisy says:

    @stupid I guess u are right. We are coming home with charcoal afterall. The Gfa can make fire with it, sit by it and reflect on the performance of the black stars. Hopefully, they will come out with remedies on how to improve on the team.

  30. Ty says:

    See as ‘common’ Mali deal with the almighty boasting Ghana. I heard that many Ghanaians had heart attack. Sorry o!

  31. capstone says:

    FADING BLACK STARS

    By JOHN MASTOROUDES: I was disappointed with Ghana in the semi-final clash against Burkina Faso on Wednesday. I must say the Burkinabes deserve to be in the final and if not for some questionable calls by the centre referee, the game would not have dragged to extra-time.

    What contrasting fortunes Nigeria and Ghana have enjoyed in this competition. The Black Stars did well in the group stage and were touted as one of the favourites but could not keep up the momentum.

    Nigeria on the other hand started poorly but improved as the competition progressed. Our own real show started from the quarter-final against Ivory Coast and we took our performance to another level against Mali in the semi-final.

  32. Fine says:

    Ghanaians!!! They are too boastful… Still they emerged trophyless… Shame on them. Ghanaians over hyped their players not based on what they are playing, but based on senseless and unfolded pride. OMG… So after 90 minutes Ghana Black Baboons recieved a handshake? And Asamoah Gyan the Dubai Messi collect Exercise book. 40 leaves.

  33. kimco says:

    @ maxwell u can’t be serious, asante be benched? or did u put his name there cos he’s a local player. Dude pls spare us ur nonsense

  34. killer says:

    Ghana..Ghana…Ghana so when are we going to continue changing our coaches? Let’s ask ourselves from 1992 until now,is it the problem of our coaches? the players? the management? bonuses? or the team been cursed? look this team started well but as soon as we are getting to the cup then the team begining to sucks,so we must ask ourselves some Qions

  35. Pride before a ..ll says:

    zambia is our toilet hole pliz say something…u been so quiet of late!

  36. Tetteyfio says:

    Ghanaians think we have the better players. That is not true. Where did the better Ivory Coast team get?
    We have to be realistic and accept that the rest of Africa has caught up with us. We need a good striker. We have not had a good striker for ages. I did not see the old John Boye in this tournament. Why not try Awal Mohammed at center back. Boateng was okay at left back. Harrison Afful was out of position so many times at right back. Awal did well at the defensive midfield role though. However as someone else said we need a STRIKER. We have too many midfielders and no striker. Even Asamoah Gyan is a forward who has been converted into a striker. Why not convert Wakaso to a striker. Wakaso needs to work on his temper too. He was too angry in this game.

    • maka says:

      if we were in the ivory coast group, we wouldn’t even have made it past the group stages! damn it! and we wud have bn disgraced by nigeria…! sack this caoch@…u admit awal is ot a midfielder abi? foolish tode coach.

  37. Awwenkwe says:

    Don’t worry u can catch a glimps of the new AFCON trophy when we make a brief stop-over in Accra on monday evening on a way to Lagos.

  38. Nii Mensah Narh says:

    Marcel Desailly, Abedi Pele or Milovan Rajevac should coach Ghana.

  39. critikal thinker says:

    so disappointed in our coach when he dropped the likes of Dede,Jordan ,waris and Acquah and said we have better team to win the cup, not even bronze after players are taking huge sums of money. whilst others are taking as high as $3000.the gov’t should stop spending so much on this useless stars and use the money for more important projects

  40. Fallen star says:

    The question everyone should be asking is can we beat Sudan after all this or at least draw???

  41. Queresi says:

    Please professor tell us what is the way forward..do we stand a chance in the W/Cup at all ???

  42. A*S*E*M says:

    Stephen Appiah blasts Ghana FA for ignoring ex-stars

  43. jj says:

    you must be insane to say these above coaches to lead ghana none of them are proven on the world stage apart from rajaevic managerial wise and any one who says asante played crap is on crack he impressed me. on itv4 channel in england they said that he would deffo leave ghan and come europe so say something

  44. bbc says:

    Don’t blame the coach just that these players are not good enough to win an trophy. You can not win a games passing backwards with no any creativity. Players that have so much pace to do well are always rejected for uesless one. Therefore, the GFA must weake up and give every player the same chance like those the go beg to come play and break our heart. Gyan is useless forget about him…

    • maka says:

      boss….@bbc…who selected the players? they are not good enuf….my ass! who called them? sack this idiot of a coach o….GFA…some of us are coming for u o….cos u are causing huge financial losses to the nation!

  45. mukmin says:

    A lot of people here have been very envious and ungrateful towards Dede they were here making all sorts if noise talking about Atsu is better than Dede simply because they don’t know football Dede has proven himself as a champion and a leader he had the courage to take and convert the first pk against Brazil in the u20 world cup unlike Gyan who showed no leadership and chickened out of taking a pk. People are always quick to throw Dede under the bus I don’t know what more he has to do for his nation. Atsu is talented with a lot of potential but not on his level yet give credit where its due. Players should be rewarded according to dedication and merit not on nepotism and tribalism so should the job of the coach. When Gyan went to UAE I was upset with him not because I hate him but because I thought he could become an elite striker if he stayed in Europe. Drogba and Anelka went to China but they are now in their way back to Europe, even Keita’s game has gone down since he went to China. To be the best u have to rub shoulders with the best Gyan should be dropped until he moves to a competitive league and ups his game and also fortifies his mental attitude. Appiah has tried and failed but that’s not the end of the world he should look for a job in Eritrea or Cambodia where he can gain some experience before he can think of coaching the satellites or meteors but he should stay away from the black stars

    • Tetteyfio says:

      I not against Dede but did Dede not play in the last African Cup? Did we win? I believe we got to the same position that we find ourselves today. I do not think there was any nepotism here. Jordan Ayew has not been doing well for the Blackstars lately. When he was omitted, his brother Dede did not take it well. I believe though he was injured, Dede made a meal out of that injury. How do you deal with a player who does not want to be in your team? Dede would have brought disaffection in the camp. However I believe whatever the cause was, Kwasi Appiah and the FA should work on resolving those issues and inviting Dede and Jordan back. Give those who were not invited a chance too, especially the strikers

      • PITO says:

        teteyfio, i understand your point but look at it this way. If in 2015 afcon we get a new coach who decides to ignore most of these players with afcon experience like wakaso, atsu and adomah when they are still playing at their peak but rather to go with a bunch of newbies and he fails. do we blame the news players or the coach? You should watch Jordan playing for marseille and remy on the bench. only a technically good coach can utilise our best assets. In our pretourney friendlies RBY was more promising than clottey. RBY declared himself fit before the burkina game. Sack the coach.

  46. Maxwell Johnson says:

    @Kimco, dude you’re very blind and have no knowledge of the game. Asante is a showboating player, in modern football such players are not needed. He’s supposed to be a winger but what has been the end product? None!! No serious coach will play Asante ahead of a natural right winger like Adomah, more especially when you’re playing against tall & physical teams like B. Faso & Mali.

    its all about the end product and Adomah has done that in almost all the games he featured, he runs at defenders well with his speed and most of his crosses are very accurate. The white commentators wouldn’t sing his praise if he wasn’t effective in this tourney, Asante is a good player by all standard but Adomah is a much better option and must always start ahead of him. Plus he is diminutive in size and that is a big disadvantage especially against physical teams like B. Faso, Mali or even Cameroon.

  47. Steve says:

    When the team wins the players get all the praises,team losses KA is in the frying pan…AA is still a good coach and stop this sacking nonsence.Do u even know that we up agains Sudan in 4 wks time?

    • Carbonite says:

      Idiot when they win with FAKE penalties you mean right? hahaha or against the CHEAPEST teams in the tourny? GHANA beat NIGER, the weakest team! Beat Cape Verde another cheap team all through FAKE penalties!!!!! think dude!!!!! We are outplayed by CAPE VERDE!

      • ghanaman says:

        We did better than your failed country over the last 6 years

      • anokwale says:

        No need to get into an insulting match. The Black Stars are an average side that can surprise in certain situations. Coaches will not make a difference. We simply need to look into developing a striking force that is made up of the Ballotellis and Welbecks out there. Ghana can create great twisting and turning midfielders but cannot create strikers. The strikers have to be born and raised abroad. Gyan is average, Clottey is a local striker and even Boakye-Yiadom is questionable. In addition, our players are too short and not strong enough. Ball handling skills are not all there is to football in this modern era. We need strong and powerful players. Solomon Asante is too small. He plays well but cannot cross the ball because he is short. He has to depend on drawing fouls. Even Dede Ayew gets muscled around when he is on the team. The short player with good ball skills is not going to bring home the trophy unless he is incredibly fast with the ball (i.e. Messi}. Recruit Ghanaian strikers from outside. Thank you.

  48. Real says:

    Ghana B.S. aka known as the Bullshit Stars. For thirty solid years all they have done is talk talk and talk. By the way they are still talking. Shut your mouths, respect others and maybe you will win something. Dont blame it on the coach. How many times have you changed coaches in the past 30 years and still not been able to win Africa’s prestigious Cup of nations. The problem is not the coach, the problem is you, you and you including all the players and coaches in the team. You talk too damn much. Ghana can bring in Alex Ferguson, Roberto Mancini or Jose Mourinho, but as long as they don’t humble themselves and quit the juju in the team, they will always remain in their relegated position as the Bullshit Stars. By the way, a great suggestion would be to change your name to The Gold Stars, because last time i checked, Black Stars are of the devil and they never shine. Wake up. Congratulations to Burkina Faso and Nigeria, congratulations to Zambia for last years excellent performance, congratulations to Ivory Coast for reaching the final last year without conceding a single goal, Congratulations to Mali for last year and this years 3rd place victory. All the above teams have proven it on the ground, not by way of talk. Well, I want to also congratulate Ghana for wining every conversation about soccer. Today, for 30 years consecutively, Ghana has been crowned the AFCON champions of fact-less talk. Talk is cheap, wake up and get your act together!!!

  49. Bobo says:

    Down fall is the pay check to pride, Ghanians are well known to be too proude whenever they feel that their team is improving, When other teams are busy thinking of how to survive their up-coming matches, Ghanians are busy telling the world how many goals they are going to score in each game, Forgoten that the game of soccer is 11 players against 11 players, Till the time u people will accept ur selfs as one of the worst african team is the time ur pride will allow u to take every country as a big challenge, Well Mali has shown u guys that football is not by mouth, They malians are very obidient and humble and willing to learn from their mistakes and thats why they have been coming out third in most nations cup instead of loosing totally like u guyz did, Be carefull with ur boostfull lifes, If not what happened to senegal will reach u guyz soon, Good luck Ghana….

  50. ADEBAYO says:

    Those lookin for “ZAMBIA IS OUR TOILET HOLE”.He is in the Intensive Care Unit at AGODOME GENERAL HOSPITAL in Ghana.He is said to have suffered a minor stroke after Mali scored the third goal last night..So is the latest report coming from the Hospital…he condition is said to be stable…this was confirmed by a Senior doctor at the hospital Appiah Amankwa.

  51. Zambianosis says:

    Hard luck DARK STARS! In football, there are winners & losers. Trouble is, you behave as though winning is your birth right. Work hard & use less Juju. Even as we Zambians can feel for you, we will not spare you in your backyard. God bless Africa.

  52. maka says:

    akwasi appiah is a shit hole@ nyantakyi is an asshole…saani daara, a big fool!

  53. Dr Who says:

    The issue is not about coach.How many coaches havent we changed in the past 31 yrs? For God sake its not the coach.Just ask yourself why all those coaches who were able to qualify us to the WC were not able to win the AFCON?

  54. stichystich says:

    what has boaky3 yiadom done to aa because even in a meaningless game such as 3rd place he continues to expire on the bench.akwesi appiah should’nt be sacked but he must improve his selection for the wc by including e.frimpong waris acheampong k.asare jo and and ayew

  55. stichystich says:

    what has boaky3 yiadom done to aa because even in a meaningless game such as 3rd place he continues to expire on the bench.akwesi appiah should’nt be sacked but he must improve his selection for the wc by including e.frimpong waris acheampong k.asare jordan and andre ayew muntari opare bellarabi (if he decides to come) and even essien for the experience or we are in trouble… Ghana were very bad this tournament and everyone knows it. paintsil d.boateng afful clottey should be axed.

  56. Congoman says:

    You just shit. Look how a stupid Mali team dismantled your shithole BS.
    And you are opening your big mouths to try and defend the heavy defeat
    Mali pounded you yesterday!!!!!.

  57. GHANA LOST says:

    GHANA IS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL TREE THAT BEARS NO FRUIT

    GHANA IS LIKE AN IMPOTENT HANDSOME MAN

    GHANA IS LIKE A BARREN BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

    PLAYS GOOD FOOTBALL BUT CANNOT EVEN DELIVER A BRONZE

  58. OBJECTIVE ZAMBIAN says:

    I like Coach Appiah, but it appears he sees things that we all fail to understand. The undoing of Ghana, in my opinion started we he left out the Ayew brothers from the black star squad. I can tell you that I was wondering what better players he had to match those world class and intelligent young men.Ghana should have maintained the team that lost Zambia in 2012 AFCON. That was real menace .Secondly, I still question the decission of substiuting an intelligent penalty taker when you are only a few minutes from taking penalties





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