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Player Ratings: How the Black Stars players rated in 4-0 win over South Korea

Published on: 10 June 2014
Jordan Ayew netted a hat-trick

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Jordan Ayew stole the show with a sensational hat-trick as Kwesi Appiah's men coasted to an inspiring 4-0 victory over Asian giants South Korea in their last pre-World Cup warm-up friendly on Monday night in Miami.

The Olympique de Marseille attacker announced his intention of taking the world by storm as he headlined talks and discussions on the night heralding the victory while skipper Asamoah Gyan also registered his 41st Ghana goal.

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah head off to Natal in buoyant mood as his charges display enough promises on the night. But how did the STARS actually rated on the night?'s Akyereko Frimpong Manson runs the rule over the performance of the Black Stars fared on a memorable night.

Fatau Dauda 6.5/10

Dauda took over from Adam Kwarasey and kept a clean sheet with impressive reflexes combined with feline agility. The Orlando Pirates man appeared far more confident in goal and with Kwarasey's fitness in doubt for the opener, Kwesi Appiah might opt for him as his starter. The few times Chu-Young Park and his cronies managed to get past the Ghana backline, Dauda was on point with his reactions. There were some few anxious moments for him

Harrison Afful 6.5/10

Convincing. Above average and visionary. The Marseille-bound versatile full-back was accurate with his tackles and added bite to the Ghana attack anytime he surged forward.

Black Stars celebrate goal

Kwadwo Asamoah 7/10

At Juventus, Antonio Conte knows how best to get the best out of Asamoah by playing him in a full-back-cum-winger role and Kwesi Appiah seeks to have copied him right. In a 3-5-2 formation, KASA looked a bit more productive and covered well defensively.

John Boye 7/10

The Stade Rennes man was not seriously tested but was solid when called upon. The Koreans didn't present much of a problem in attack. With stronger and hungrier opponents Boye could rise to the challenge like he has domne several time in a Ghana shirt.

Jonathan Mensah 6.5/10

Boye's partner at center-back. Both men combined well to ensure the Asians had little room to operate and cause any problem of a sort to the Ghana team. He was a bit jittery in the first-half missing some crucial tackles but in the second-half he was at his best to timely tackles and clearances.

Rabiu Mohammed 6.5/10

With Michael Essien rested, the Russia-based midfielder picked up the mantle in central midfield role and performed creditably until was replaced by Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu just before the hour mark. With Muntari tasked with the duty of working ahead Rabiu did all the dirty job of mobbing up and was not overawed by the occasion.

Kevin-Prince Boateng 5.5/10

Energetic and inspiring midfield performance from the Schalke 04 midfielder. Though he couldn't get on the score-sheet his contributions to the game was vital.

Sulley Muntari 7/10

The AC Milan man was one of the few experienced chaps on the field and heading to his third World Cup he looked quite ready per what he did on the pitch. Fully attacking minded and explosive on the ball, Muntari set up the third goal and very few of his passes went astray. He will be vital for Ghana at the World Cup.

Asamoah Gyan 7/10

Grabbed his 41st international goal and is counting for more goals in Brazil. The captain tucked the ball past Jung after robbing Kwak Tae-hwi in midfield - real goal-poacher's goal. He was lively for the entire 64 minutes he lasted and was very difficult to handle when he got the ball.

Majeed Waris N/A

Was replaced after just six minutes in the first-half. A doubt for the group opener against USA? Scan results must prove but had little playing time to be rated.

Andre Ayew 8/10

Resilient and full of energy and live. Andre took on the South Korean defence at heart and caused more problems for them defensively, giving them little time to think. He set up his younger brother Jordan Ayew for the opening goal.

STAR-MAN - Jordan Ayew 9/10

The Olympique Marseille attacker was only introduced as a 6th minute replacement for Majeed Waris who picked up an injury and he did enough to show his readiness to take Brazil by storm, hitting the opener five minutes later before netting a brace after the interval to help the Black Stars silence the Asians.

SUBS. Agyemang-Badu 6/10, Christian Atsu 6/10, Wakaso Mubarak 6/10, Albert Adomah 6/10, Afriyie Acquah 6/10



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  • Akwasi Floric says:
    June 10, 2014 12:07 pm
    Dauda 6.5 !?!? A 5.7 ....... Afful was so so weak.. Bench the guy... And take Opare B.t.w. Our defence... So bad omg
  • FavouredOne says:
    June 10, 2014 12:10 pm
    Ghana Black Stars Defensive Setup; Lacks Effective Communication And Proper Organizational Skills And Can Be A Major Problem For Them In Brazil. The Defenders Upfront/Forward Passes Are Very Weak Since They Pass Backwards All The Time Than Their Forward Passes.....There Is Still Room For Improvement. Fatau Dauda's Aerial Ball's Have A Big Question To It. But James Akwasi Appiah Has To Work On His Defenders Very Very Well Else There Will Be A Major Problem For The Team And Nation In A Whole. The Only Best Kick I have Admired About Albert Adomah Is His 88th Killer Pass To Jordan Ayew......Anyway Well done For The 4Goals.Speedy Recovery Majeed Warris; Well done Jordan Ayew And Baby Jet..... Ayekooo!!!!!! Ghana Black Stars Crew But More Maintenance Is Needed
  • EmanuelKnowsBest says:
    June 10, 2014 09:06 am
    I would rather have acquah/badu pairing bc sully and rubio were nowhere to be found in the first half. One central midfielder has to go up and the other stays back. But rubio stayed back and sulley stay back. Leaving the mid to the Korean. When badu came on he was upfront and attacking. He could have scored if adomah passed it to him instead of shooting. And acquah was willing to tackle. Finally now everyone else realizes that j.ayew should not be a lone strike. He works better with a partner. Keeps the pressure on gyan and let hin be free to roam
  • amoroso says:
    June 10, 2014 09:14 am
    Well done kobby....i think u must replace the one who did the official rating on here.after glancing through the first rating,I didn't feel the need to have a look at the rest.But when I bumped into yours,this rating is far worse than ratings usually done by
  • Papa USA says:
    June 10, 2014 09:18 am
    Duada didn't keep a clean sheet. Ask your self what the guy did during the game. He never had to do anything because the defense covered him.
  • Peter says:
    June 10, 2014 09:22 am
    Dauda was a bundle of nerves. His aerial ability was just too suspect. I don't think he is ready to be in post in the World Cup.
  • yenkasa says:
    June 10, 2014 09:31 am
    Dauda is a shit and I Wonder why he can even be on the bench. My old man will do far better than dauda on his timing of area balls.Dauda is rotten and he needs to sit on the bench. Is only in Ghana that Dauda can be our no.1. He is just not good.
  • Benny says:
    June 10, 2014 09:34 am
    Akyereko should be sacked.How much is Dauda paying you.Have some decency.Against,holland inspite of Kwarasey's effort,you people rated him 5/10 and after some bashing,you changed it to 8/10. Dauda was awful,awful,awful.I will give Dauda -2.1(negative 2 point one).6.5/10 for Dauda.Did you watch the match at all or you don't know anything about football.Very disappointing.Dont sell your conscience for money belly journalist. If AA plays Dauda against USA,it will 10-2 against Ghana.
  • adu says:
    June 10, 2014 09:47 am
    6,5 for Dauda are you serious I've held my breath with every aerial ball. Cant remember a aerial ball he actually caught with ease. Really hope Kwarasey will be on goal at the world cup
  • PITO says:
    June 10, 2014 09:56 am
    Everybody READ KOBBY'S RATING. GSN RATERS ARE B or B (Blind or Bribed). Our defense need strengthening cos it sucks! Our attack should be more quicker! with support from the back. And learn to take different kind of free kicks!!! This is the epitome of global football. Jokers go home early! Right now Dauda and our defense appear to be Jokers! Adomah is not ripe yet. He plays like an amateur version of Victor Moses. direct run to the corner and kick soooooo''nn. Very Terrible at dribbling, doesn't even know when to give a dangerous pass.
  • PITO says:
    June 10, 2014 09:59 am
    Everybody should READ KOBBY'S RATING. GSN RATERS ARE B or B (Blind or Bribed). Our defense need strengthening cos it sucks! Our attack should be more quicker! with support from the back. And learn to take different kind of free kicks!!! This is the epitome of global football. Jokers go home early! Right now Dauda and our defense appear to be Jokers! Adomah is not ripe yet. He plays like an amateur version of Victor Moses. direct run to the corner and kick soooooo''nn. Very Terrible at dribbling, doesn't even know when to give a dangerous pass.
  • chris says:
    June 10, 2014 06:34 pm
    more shots are should have brought more defenders rather than mildfielders. this team need to play 5-4-1 at the wc other wise goals.if this coach decides to play irrelevant it will be a problem.poor keeper, poor defense.we have players which we all know can play well according to our friendly match why don't we start them.acquah and badu defensive.
  • johnny says:
    June 10, 2014 09:00 am
    massa, get your grammar right before you even hate on Jordan
  • wee ba says:
    June 10, 2014 07:25 am
    @noni you mad bro? Hahahahahahahaha
  • Charles says:
    June 10, 2014 07:27 am
    Who on soccernet wrote those comment abt fatau ? Did he actually watch the match ? Fatau was a total flop. Wht better save did he make ? Twweaaaa
  • wee ba says:
    June 10, 2014 07:28 am
    Corrupted pot belly gsn admins,we have seen you all God go punish you.dauda is wack just be truthful
  • fred says:
    June 10, 2014 07:32 am
    wat is wd u peepz nd dauda? he is no 1...Ghanas man for e job...adam is second choice nd stephen in that order
  • ato parker says:
    June 10, 2014 07:40 am
    Kudos Ghana blackstars.whether hook or crook u r going to make it to the finals and u will bring the cup
  • jojo sackey says:
    June 10, 2014 07:44 am
    With regards to Daudas rating am a little bit at a lose did the writer watch the same game . Lets be objective in our observations in the interest of Ghana soccer
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 10, 2014 07:48 am
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha MUMBI koraa....
  • Pasi says:
    June 10, 2014 07:49 am
    Mumbi you got Good comic relief.
  • foreign says:
    June 10, 2014 07:53 am
    Keith,u aa absolutely right
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 10, 2014 08:11 am
    Ghana's win doesn't shake US fans one bit ..hahahah Read comments
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 10, 2014 08:12 am
    MUMBI are you on whatsaap?????
  • kobby says:
    June 10, 2014 08:13 am
    The real how they rated: 1. Dauda - poor anticipation, poor distribution, poor in the air, poor positioning. In fact, with the goal scored by the Koreans a Ghanaian player was covering where he was suppose to be. Will start Kwarasey rather looked more dependable and reliable against a stiffer dutch opposition. Will score him 3 2. Afful: Awful in the night. Was never at his position and his defending was poor in the first half. He ought to be more disciplined. The second hand was better will score him 5 3. K Asamoah: Struggled in the first half to play the role against a quick and physical Korean attackers. However improved in the second half. Will give him 5 4. Johnathan Mensah & John Boye: Both did little to show that they are reliable against a stiffer, stronger and quicker attack. They looked like they lack game time. Between them, one must rise up as a leader at the back. will score both 4 5. Muntari: Those long passes were not there. The middle looked like it had been taken over by the Koreans in the first half. It shows that Essien has an edge in controlling the middle. He lacked leadership in the middle. Little to write home about. Will score him 5 6. KP Boateng: Was all over the place. didn't look like he had any specific role to play. Looked like "busy body". Will score him 4 7. Dede Ayew: His game has slumped. Compared to his contribution in 2010, this was nothing to write home about. There was virtually no action on the left flank. The only action resulted in a goal from there. Will score him 5 8. Asamoah Gyan: For the first time, he didn't overdo things. Was just effective. The goal he scored will only make coaches be wary of allowing him too much space to operate. Will score him 7 9. Jordan Ayew: Was also just effective in his role. Will score him 7.5 10. Rabiu: Always active, but clearly lacked the experience to know when to charge on defense, when to break an attack, and when to stay in the middle. Will need to be directed in the middle; Will score him 5 11. For the rest who came him, they didn't do enough or didn't have enough playing time to warrant a rating. 12. Coach & Technical team: We seem to have a good team but we see not to know how best to optimize them to get the best out of them. Watching Korea game, you could tell that if the team was playing to a well rehearsed pattern and instructions or system, the y would have buried the Koreans. Because the attackers looked sharp. What tactics are we playing in these games? Do we have a style of play? Because its obvious from the games we've played hat we simply flow with the wind. 13. Finally, the scoreline for the Korean game means nothing as the opposition in Brazil will be nothing close to the Korean game.
  • 21guns says:
    June 10, 2014 08:17 am
    GSN you never seaze to amaze me what did dauda did nothing, he was full of mistakes he lost concentration and I don't see him ahead of Adam kwaserey. It time you stop over hyping him it not good for our team. Yesterday the 4-thrashing was exactly ghanains need.
  • Schywee says:
    June 10, 2014 08:18 am
    SK had zero shots on target and 3 corners,(in which Dauda fluffed 2...and according to GSN this equals excellent and confidence performance by Dauda?....GSN is actually creating more negative sentiments for Dauda than his performances did.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 10, 2014 08:32 am
    Gsn stop the nansense employ some of us. We will anaylse it better. [email protected] Com
  • NII-BI says:
    June 10, 2014 08:49 am
    GSN, why are you guys creating the impression as if you were the only ones who watched the match.. Eeiiii! You rated fatau above Rabiou.? How could you guys over there...? I will advice to keep quite rather to come out to reveal your weakness and ignorance here. Some of us watches the match with an eagle eyes. So we can confidently tell you that all your rating doesnt tally! K. Asamo was totally out of the game. Not to mention Fatau.
  • peekayhungary says:
    June 10, 2014 08:54 am
    You are spot on. DITTO!!! We need to improve much more if we want to advance. Good luck boys.
  • Bone Em' says:
    June 10, 2014 07:18 am
    Ah!!! Fauta Dauda bribe u pple @ GSN or what?? U pple figa say we fool or what??wey kind confidence??Wey kind better reactions e do wey we no c?? Yawa pple... Kwarasey n)) dey go
  • Ghanaba says:
    June 10, 2014 05:45 am
    Dauda is a disaster. He cant even handle crosses. Kudos to Jordan.
  • keith from germany says:
    June 10, 2014 05:47 am
    GSN at its best again.Rating Dauda high eventhough all of us know that his game against the koreans wasnt nothing to write home about. His Aerial ball timings are very aweful. Dauda always get the best defence ghana has infront of him to protect him. But we also know our game and we all know that kwarasey is the number one. GSN,u guys are showing us that u guys are anti-kwarasey. as for me i wouldnt be suprised to see Dauda in the post against the yanks
  • wilson says:
    June 10, 2014 05:59 am
    overrated afful. secondly muntari played Essiens role and not rabiu played Essiens role. Also dauda and Jordan's ratings look higher and Andres seemed under rated.
  • alos says:
    June 10, 2014 06:00 am
    Dauda doesn't deserve to be with the team he hasn't learned from any of his past mistakes, he still toys with the ball, delays play by faking injuries and his royally terrible with the aerial balls.
  • alos says:
    June 10, 2014 06:01 am
    Dauda doesn't deserve to be with the team he hasn't learned from any of his past mistakes, he still toys with the ball, delays play by faking injuries and is royally terrible with the aerial balls.
  • Nimo says:
    June 10, 2014 06:08 am
    Jordan was the man - of the- match followed by his brother. Rabiu was also awesome. I just think essien could play the right back role better than Afful, I'm not a huge fan of our defense.  
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    June 10, 2014 06:22 am
    imagine a match where dead JORDAN hit an hatrick..... Sold out game nkoooaa 
  • Biggie says:
    June 10, 2014 06:24 am
    Dauda is a disaster.
  • Fabian says:
    June 10, 2014 06:28 am
    Why are you raters cant just stop lying to us...we all watched the match, we werent blind as the bat anyway, fatau, not that am anti.fatau but he did nothing in the poles..his timing was wrong, he was only lucky that, he had good defenders camourflaging him like by now, he would have conceeded countless goals..he was just catching the air..look, a white trainer will never make fatau his first goal keeper when Adams is is just that we blacks are just corrupt and sometimes give chances to the wrong people and at the end, we find ourselves wanting and ashame.....the person who rated fatau is a bloody liar...C.k even criticised him last night, so what are you talking about mr guys should spare is the agony...
  • schywee says:
    June 10, 2014 06:46 am
    GSN why this overhyping of Dauda,? The chap was aweful against a dead sk strike team. You even go on to say he looked much confidence.... Obviuosly you saw a different game. If the pacingand jogging comicly around and oh... I guess the rolling prayer lips and bowing to the ground is what you call confidence....
  • Mumbi says:
    June 10, 2014 06:54 am
    @ NONI, calm down. Kweku Bonsan predicted that scoreline already & confirmed by infamous dog called Selfmade. Juju at work!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 10, 2014 07:10 am
    Adomah was the best sub. Eeeii gsn he should get a 7. His cross was sharp. Tell me a player who can deliver a beautiful ball like that?
  • @kwame says:
    June 10, 2014 07:12 am
    Wow! Thanks @jobless MUMBI for your hogwash comment. That is exactly how pathetic jobless generation of a family like urs think...cudos!
  • Benny says:
    June 10, 2014 04:22 pm
    Actually I was impressed with Dauda's performance yesterday..However he should be Ghanas second option if Kwarasey is not available.
  • KS says:
    June 10, 2014 02:09 pm
    I stopped reading the article right after I read about this writer's rating for Dauda. Is he blind? or is he setting himself up for insults? What kind of game did he watch? May the one from CAF where Dauda was voted best player of the match but certainly not the Korea game. I thought Adams would come in in the second half to replace him as he (Adams) should be our 2nd Keeper after Kwarasey. 6.5/10, really? I am being nice not to use curse words. If you dont know how to rate players dont take it upon yourself to blaspheme in sports.
  • Mumbi says:
    June 10, 2014 02:23 pm
    @ Noni bro not yet. @Ghanaman feel sad 4 u but with GOD'S blessing, u will soon get employed.
  • cobby says:
    June 10, 2014 02:24 pm
    Ghana go go far this time around. IF YOU NEED A HOUSE TO RENT/BUY/SELL, CALL: 0506182345
  • Johnny says:
    June 10, 2014 03:52 pm
    Appiah better not put Dauda in goal, else Kwarasey might pack his bags or feign ilness when Dauda starts laying eggs (balls) and they decide to call him to replace Dauda.
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 10, 2014 11:53 am
    Jordan did really well in this game but South Korea is ranked 57. He hardly got off a shot against the Netherlands which is ranked 15th. How will he perform against Germany and Portugal, ranked 2nd and 3rd? Maybe with the confidence he gained from the South Korea game and his brother and close friend KPB on the field he might just break through. I pray for God/Allah to deliver Waris from this evil/injury. The South Koreans game with a mission to take out some Black Stars players. They came into their tackles with boots high meaning they were not interested in the ball but the player. Good for KPB, he went after the Korean player. The Ghana big guys have to stand up for the little guys so the bullies don't get away with it. KPB could be a good Captain for Ghana some day if only he would put Country above Club and travel the grueling African schedule, he is a natural born leader. He is single handedly taking on the Germans for the Black Stars without fear or second thought!
  • john akpa says:
    June 10, 2014 11:18 am
    Kwadwo Asamoah is not a defender. He is doing his best to adjust. At the moment I prefer Wakaso over Muntari. If Majeed's injury is serious they should bring in a defender.
  • Selorm Blag says:
    June 10, 2014 11:24 am Proper rating
  • john akpa says:
    June 10, 2014 11:26 am
    ASAMOAH DJAN - OVER CELEBRATION OF GOALS WILL LEAD TO YELLOW CARD ! You only need 2 to be dismissed !!!!!!!!! Goal celebration should be like Jordan's. quick.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 10, 2014 10:27 am
    My friend, you know we came to learn about juju from Nigeria. But be careful. Iran says they will not change their jerseys. It is a spiritual technique. So you must be more concerned about Iran than Ghana. FOOL!
  • NII says:
    June 10, 2014 10:29 am
    i think you have something against k.p Boateng...5.5? really do u mean agyeman badu and afful had better games than Prince. did u even watch the build up to the first two goals?hahahaha
  • lacquer says:
    June 10, 2014 10:31 am
    fatau doesn't deserve the first skipper in ghana. national. team
  • KWEKU BONSAM says:
    June 10, 2014 10:44 am
    After my charms worked well 4 Ghana to win, then u can't appreciate me. I will pull out and you shall see if u can do it without my charms. Am now planing to relif Ronaldo of the injury I bewitched him.
  • bawah says:
    June 10, 2014 10:46 am
    JORDAN: A New Star is born! A hat trick: nice and clean goals!
  • Kwabena says:
    June 10, 2014 10:24 am
    Did this man doing the rating watch a different game? That lethal shot from the Korean was not saved by Dauda. It hit the cross bar. Yes, he kept a clean sheet, but a clean sheet against Korea is not the same as a clean sheet against Netherlands. Kwarasey saved at least four dangerous shots against the Netherlands but he was rated at 6. The ball that beat Kwarasey against the Dutch was not his fault. Yet, Dauda gets 6.5 for doing next to nothing. And Jordan gets 9 because he scored a hat-trick? The work rate of Dede Ayew was far more than Jordan. This guy needs some training. It is not enough to be just a freelancer!
  • Kwabena says:
    June 10, 2014 10:18 am
    This rating is the most biased rating I have seen. What is the basic index in ensuring consistency in rating? The South Korean midfield is weak and porous. We see players getting 7 and 8 for doing next to NOTHING. Against the Netherlands, you gave Kwarasey 6/10. He saved at least 5 lethal shots and was scored through no fault of his. Yet Fatau Dauda who did not make any significant saves in this game got 6.5. That shot hit the bar, it was NOT saved by Dauda. I am convinced this rating is unreliable. It is not objective and it comes with serious variances with the Dutch game. This is a poor show, GSN.
  • wudorzy says:
    June 10, 2014 12:18 pm
    U guys know nothing about football be quite and pray for the best......all u saying is useless duada is 100 times more better than u and kwarasey put together in the goal post.....where was u and kwarasey when Ghana was going to afcon....stupid wonder we not progressing as a nation cos we have stupid fools like u guys calling them self ghanaians
  • wudorzy says:
    June 10, 2014 12:23 pm
    I wonder if any of u guys have physical seen a football b4,,....u only see it in TV stupid Dada beeessss who know nothing but insult and criticism
  • George Weah says:
    June 10, 2014 01:54 pm
    lol there is nothing wrong with flowing with the wind if it gets the job done 4-0 go blackstars
  • George Weah says:
    June 10, 2014 02:02 pm
    hahahaha nice one
  • George Weah says:
    June 10, 2014 02:05 pm
    but you do realise you are just making fun of yourself and nigerians
  • Boro says:
    June 10, 2014 01:28 pm
    @Kwabena: Bam! Kwabena say that again. May be he was drunk when he was watching the match. For me Rabiu was my man of the match.
  • Mumbi says:
    June 10, 2014 07:10 am
    @ NONI if we not careful, these ghanaian fools can get out of that tough group. Its time u team up with Boko Haram to release innocent girls and capture that witch Bonsam Kweku. Don't get offended but thats the issue as at now to stop these baboons.