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Kwesi Nyantakyi wants cautious optimism for the World Cup

Posted On Monday, 9th December 2013
Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi wants Ghanaians to be measured in their expectations for the team at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Despite being drawn in a Group of Death alongside Germany, Portugal and USA, there is a big dose of confidence that Ghana will advance.

The high level of optimism stems from Ghana’s exhilarating displays at their previous performances in 2006 (Germany) and 2010 (South Africa).

Nyantakyi, also brimming with confidence, has warned fans not to get carried away.

“I am hopeful that we have a good team and we are capable of qualifying to the second round but I believe that, that expectation should probably be laced with some caution, some moderation and I think the mood in Ghana now is some cautious optimism so that we are not taken unawares and we don’t take anything for granted,” Nyantakyi said.

Ghana will face USA on 16 June in Natal and then meet Germany five days later in Fortaleza before the final Group match against Portugal on 26 June in Brasilia.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. kuukuphilly says:

    Nyantakyi stop it.we will surely qualify.

  2. olonka says:

    we would surely qualify in JESUS name but as the saying goes Heaven helps those who help themselves so it is up to as to do our homework well before the D day.

  3. Boro says:

    WORDS OF CAUTION TO AKWASI APPIAH
    Finally, the ball is in our court and I think, I agree with AA when he said it all boils down to preparation. What I will like to add though is commitment, stamina, prevention of naivety (concentration at all time) and our technical bench.
    PREPARATION
    Physical
    I think we need to prepare well physically to give us the stamina we need. The members of the BS team should on individual basis begin to work on their stamina so that they can go all out during the tournament should they be selected. The Ghanaian players to avoid any lackadaisical attitudes in each of the 90 minutes they will play.
    Psychology
    Players of the BS team should begin to put it in their minds that they are going out there to win each and every match no matter the pedigree of the opposing teams. I mean “the can do spirit”. The Ghanaian psychologist needs to begin working on the team right now!!!
    TECHNICAL BENCH
    Possible Oppositions
    First of all, with the draws out I think the video analyst should begin to look out for the shortfalls of all the teams we have been paired with and AA work out good strategies to map out these teams like he did to Egypt. He must choose teams with similar strategies for our international friendly games and try these strategies base on the strong and weaknesses of these teams to see how those strategies will work. Going forwards AA should know that there is possibility that the teams we are going to meet might be able to either passes the ball than us or try to catch us on swift counter attacks or surprise us with long passes. There can also be a situation where opposing teams might try to get set pieces in dangerous positions or even cause numerical disadvantage. In the mist of all these in AA’s mind how is he going to map out a strategy to avoid all these problems? For instance, in the return match against Egypt his strategy of swift counter attack did not work well. Although we got a consolation goal through that in the dying minute of the match, I think that strategy was not well executed. How is he going to correct that?
    Concentration
    If I am to remind AA of the 2006 world cup in Germany, we lost to Brazil by three goals. In that match we had more possession of the ball than the Brazilians however; it only took two piercing passes from Ronaldinho which caught our defense flat and sleeping. In fact, such passes threatened our defense throughout that game. How is AA going to prevent such technical disability from happening to this team?
    Lessons learned?
    In our match against Egypt in Kumasi although we won that match 6-1 against Egypt, AA made a basic mistake which when made in the world cup could cause us a red card and therefore numerical disadvantage. This is the foul committed by Rashid Sumaila which caused us the penalty. In the first place I think it was a red card offense and when he escaped what AA should have done was to substitute him. In the big stage like the world cup what the opposing team will do is always try to attack through him to commit another bookable offence. Had RS attracted the red card could BS have won by that margin?
    I must also state that the continuing turning of one of the most skillful players in the team into a defender in the person of Kwadwo Asamoah is not helping the team. He should rather find a player who can do his work at the left back position well to free KA rather than the current approach.
    Ghana’s Group
    With our group for this coming 2014 world cup, I think it is a good group for us, if we really want to go farther than the previous world cups. Unless, we are just there to add to the numbers because it is the toughest of all the groups and if we are able to sail through in this group “Isha Allah” we can be sure of reaching the semis and then to the final. After all, as the saying goes “one need to be better than good in order to compete with the best of the world”
    Wish you well AA.





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