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How Ghana players rated against Niger in AFCON clash

Posted On Monday, 28th January 2013

John Pantsil in action for the Black Stars against Cape Verde

FC Porto whizkid Christian Atsu was the star-man in Ghana’s resounding 3-0 victory over Niger in their final Group B clash in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in Port Elizabeth.

MTNFootball.com rates the performance of each Ghana player at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Fatau Dauda 7

The 27-year-old AshGold shot-stopper maintained his mettle and his performance in post was assured as it has always been from the first game against DR Congo.

John Pantsil 7

Best performance yet at the 2013 AFCON. The 31-year-old was able to do what has always been expected of him in the tournament – combine defensive duties with attacking movement.

He took over the armband when Gyan was subbed.

Harrison Afful 7

Reproduced his coolness in the game victory over Mali. Though Mohamed Soumaïla and Moussa Maazou sometimes had the better of him, he excelled in the game.

Isaac Vorsah 8

Continues to put his body on the line for country. The Red Bull Salzburg man was commanding in defence as he showed little tolerance for the opposition attack. He manned the back with vigilance. A few misplaced passes but he still made a real impact.

John Boye 8

He grabbed his first AFCON with a close range finish – and that is a good attribute of a world class center-back.

Mohammed Rabiu 7

The Evian TG man didn’t get the driving performance we saw from him in the triumph over Mali but he still managed to write a good statement about himself. Despite the numerous tackles he sustained from a rough-tackling opposition, he good until Boateng took his place.

Kwadwo Asamoah 8

The Juventus man picked up his old good form as he combined well in the middle with Atsu and Rabiu. Undoubtedly, his best game at the Nations Cup so far.

Albert Adomah 7

Adomah’s pace and incredible energy levels proved crucial for the team as he set up Asamoah Gyan for the opening goal. The 25-year-old covered more distance on the pitch than any other player.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 7

Once again a complete package in the middle. He made the middle his and dismembered the opposition’s challenges. The only flaw in his game was that he failed to surge forward more times as we have seen from him.

Asamoah Gyan 8.5

Hit his first goal of the campaign and set up the rest of the two goals. His strike was simply sensational. And it will definitely give him a confidence boost. This shows how influential and unselfish Gyan was especially by setting up Atsu’s second goal. Other strikers could have taken the chance themselves and shows how Gyan is leading by example. Could have converted some chances but overall one of his best performances for Ghana. But for the substitution, Gyan could have been our match-of-the-match.

Christian Atsu 9

Displayed a man of the man performance in the game. Scored his first AFCON in style as he initiated an attack and finished it off.

Substitutes:

Derek Boateng – 6

Solomon Asante – 7

Emmanuel Clottey – 5

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READERS COMMENTS

    • Chale' 1 says:

      You fool will never stop hating…You never have anything positive to contribute, just writing nonsense.

      What more do you expect from a player. Scored 1 and created the other two. He should even be rated 9.

  1. African Consciousness says:

    Congratulations are in order for the Black Stars, the Coaches and the technical team. Oh and lest I forget also the Black Stars supporters who travelled to the Southern tip of the continent to cheer on their team.

    I hope the injury report is a good one since every influential player for the Black Stars took a knock. Ghana has a few days to rest, recuperate and be ready for a very impressive Cape Verde team. What is the status of Annan, Boakye and Wakaso?

    Ghana must expunge the fact that they beat this team in a warm up game. That means they know the team a little better but there was nothing on the line then but now there is a huge prize at stake and the Cape Verde team has a full complement of all their Stars. This Cape Verde team has what it takes and must not be underestimated.

    It is time to rest some of the three game 90 minute starters otherwise mental mistakes will happen. I hope Jonathan Mensah, Mohammed Awal, Kissi Boateng and Jerry Akaminko get some minutes during the course of the tournament. I did not mention Adam because I doubt if any coach will want to mess with Dauda doing so well. Adam I hope you learn your lesson. You must come to camp prepared because no position is permanent in the Black Stars.

    Go Black Stars, Long live African football.

  2. Africanus says:

    Gyan 6. For being wasteful, he could have scored 3, in view of the chances he had.

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  4. jj says:

    whatthe hell is this why is atsu 9 and gyan 6 it shud be atsu 7 and gyan 7. just because gyan missed 3 half chances does not mean he deserves 6 is link up play as good. atsu is god and has potentia butlets stop overhyping him he is not on world class evel yet at alll

  5. anokwale says:

    Rankings are too high. If the goal from Niger counted, I suspect this game would have been a draw. They played well but let us temper our excitement and get ready for a difficult quarter final.

  6. cngrat n stil work harder until we ve da trouphe

  7. Carbonite says:

    You people talk too much and it pisses me off! You win by 3:0 against a team that only made their debut last year and NEVER won a game then. Who played their all to pick a point from Congo and you are acting as if you have beaten SPAIN!? Ghana people talk tooo much!!!! – enough!

    • zambia is our toilet hole says:

      BIG FOOL.EVEN BRAZIL RESPECTS GHANA.HAS YOUR STUPID TEAM PLAYED BRAZIL TEAM E BEFORE?IDIOT.NOWFOOLISH ZAMBIANS JUST PACK AND GO.ITS YOUR TURN TO FOLLOW CONGO ,NIGER AND CO.THEY CAN’T PLAY ANYTHING BUT THEIR FOOLISH AND NAIVE SUPPORTERS ARE JUST TAKING THEM FOR GRANTED. THEY HAVE PUT MILESTONES ONE THE PLAYERS’NECKS THAT THEY CANT CARRY. AS SOON AS GHANA CRUSH AND OPPONENT YOU WILL HEAR THOSE VAIN SUPPORTERS OF ZAMBIA SINGING A NEW SONG.WHEN THE TOURNAMENT WAS EVEN YET TO BEGIN,ZAMBIANS SAID CONGO WILL CRUSH GHANA .WHEN GHANA BEAT THEM 2 JUST FOR THE CONGOLESE TO STRUGGLE TO EQUALIZE ,FUNNY ZAMBIANS CHANGED THEIR SONG….”OK,YOU WILL SEE,MALI A BETTER TEAM WILL CRUSH GHANA,,,,”THEN GHANA BRUSHED THEM AWAY BY A LONE GOAL,THEN HERE CAME THE CHICKEN HUSBAND ZAMBIANS AGAIN SINGING A QUITE DIFFERENT SONG.”OK NOW THE BLACK STARS ARE FINISHED NIGER WILL DEMONSTRATE TO YOU THAT THEY ARE A BETTER SIDE THAN THE SO CALLED GHANA…..”GHANA THEREFORE DISMANTLE THEM HOHOHOHOHO POPOPOPOPO CHIPOCHIPOCHIPOCHIPOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO.NOW THOSE FUNY MONSTERS ARE SINGING NEW SONGS BY SAYING THE REFEREE HELPED GHANA? OH THOSE BEAST ARE INDEED BEAST. THEY ARE EVEN LUCKY THAT BURKINA ARE SENDING THEM OFF TONIGHT JUST TO LET THEM GO HOME TO CONTINUE THEIR COURT CASE AGAINST THE POULTRY FARMER WHOSE CHICKEN HAVE BEEN ALL RAPED BY THE ZAMBIAN PLAYERS AND IDIOT MEN OF ZAMBIA TO DEATH.PEOPLE WHO SEEM ANIMALS FOR SLEEPING WITH ANIMALS,HOW CAN THESE THINK LIKE HUMAN?IDIOTS,BE FAST TO EXIT.

      • Carbonite says:

        Persons like you are the reasons why I rarely comment here. Debating with JSS graduates and primary school delinquents like you is a headache! No reasoning intellect! You are nothing but hallucinated individual with sub-normal intelligence. What makes you think I am Zambian? Imbecile! educate yourself!

        • zambia is our toilet hole says:

          CARBONITE,,,,THE WORD SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS CAN EVEN NOT DESCRIBE HOW NOTHINGNESS YOUR MOIETY HEAD IS.YOU SUCH A STINKING MOLE.INTERNET CAN MAKE YOU LURK AND SEND TRASH TO LITERATES .IDIOTS LIKE YOU ARE DISCIPLINED WITH MOLOTOVCOCKTAIL.WISE UP AND NEVER DISOWN YOUR OWN NATION.OPPORTUNIST FREEING FROM ZAMBIA BECAUSE ALL YOUR ARROGANCE ARE EXPOSED.YOU ARE SIMPLY A PSYCHOPATH RESULTING
          GREAT PSYCHOSIS .I HAVE TIME FOR PSYCHOTICS LIKE YOU AND I SUGGEST YOU SEE A PSYCHOTHERAPIST .ZAMBIANS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR SAVAGERY .TWAT! WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I WAS READING MASTERS ? CHECK THE TIMELINE AND SEE WHERE I AM NOW BEFORE YOU WRITE ENGLISH TO ME.

  8. franktalk says:

    What rating do you have for the HOLY? water?.

  9. Mr GFA says:

    These rankings are too high. If the disallowed goal(which I think was a goal) was allowed it would have been a different story. Niger is not a team where we have to be
    happy about that we won. It is not as if we beat Spain, unity coast etc. the big sharks are still in the water. But to be honest Atsu 9?? Why?? He is good but still a long road ahead of him, stop over hyping this guy, it’s not by force, this was Niger anyone could have scored a goal. We all saw what happened against Congo and Mali he. I’m not a hater, but I’m just saying what to me is reality. However, we still got to do more work. Cape Verde next . Go Ghana

  10. Midnight says:

    @ mr Gfa @jj..exactly Atsu 9? It should be 6 or maybe 7 cos the goal was neat.. And gyan 8, scored a goal and assisted 2. Where is kissi Boateng, he should play LB that’s why AA took him , and afful should go RB.. Why is AA afraid to use Kissi Boateng, also Awal Mohamed should come on, as we have some cards we can not afford to lose some players for the semis. AA be wise, for now u are just escaping , more to come

  11. KK says:

    Gyan shod be 10 man of the match. He had a hand in all the goals

  12. tank God we are not zambians says:

    @carbonite u are jux a jealous fool who hate Ghana n i knw u are frm zambia or congo.yor team is dead,kiss my ass wit yor tongue out

  13. samslick says:

    I totally agree wif u Chale’ 1. Gyan deserves even more…Overall d rating is fair though i dont really fink our wonder kid, Atsu deserves d 9,cos 8 wld hav been ok.

  14. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    HAHAHAHAHA ARROGANT ZAMBIANS WHO FEELS THE ARE GOOD.CRUSHED OUT OUT HOOOOOOOOO GO HOME .IDIOTS





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