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2014 World Cup: Agyemang-Badu elated to have made World Cup debut for Ghana

Published on: 22 June 2014
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu played his first World Cup game on Saturday

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is delighted to have finally made his World Cup debut in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Germany on Saturday.

The 21-year-old came on as a second half substitute to replace Rabiu Mohamed in his first game at the world showpiece.

Agyemang-Badu missed out on playing for the Black Stars at the last World Cup in South Africa due to injury.

He was thus extremely elated to have played his first World Cup game for Ghana in the thrilling game against the Germans and hopes his fairy tale story with the Black Stars in Brazil lasts beyond the group stage.

“To play at this level is a dream and I am very happy to have made my debut in the World Cup,” the Udinese man told

“I never got the chance to play in the World Cup the last time due to injury and to play here finally is a wonderful feeling.

“Hopefully things will go our way and we will qualify to the next stage.”


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  • Boro says:
    June 23, 2014 12:00 am
    Now Ghana will look back at the Germany's game and begin to realise how the selfishness of an individual may cause us. Had we won the German game we will only be looking at a win against Portugal without thinking about Germany USA results.
  • yaw2 says:
    June 23, 2014 12:08 am
    Ghana is still alive. Ghana need Germany to beat USA
  • keith from germany says:
    June 23, 2014 12:22 am
    selfmade u of all ppl believing in superstition? superstition is never written in the holybook. im not trying to pick on u but i never expected that from u.
  • Shark says:
    June 23, 2014 12:07 am
    What's the rule on qualification
  • selfmade says:
    June 23, 2014 12:06 am
    Portugal has save us today and we live to fight another day but it was looking like our WC dreams was over during the dying mins of the match but Portugal has done the impossible by equalizing for us and still throw the group wide open! This shld serve as a warning to all our players that the WC is for all of us and not for any individual glory! A lot of people that I was watching the match with, started CURSING JORDAN AND HOW HE HAS COST US but I know that from today onwards, he ll learn to be a team player rather than seeking the glory for himself! He scored four goals against south Korea but it was the same team that ASSISSTED HIM to perform that feat and is about time he put down his selfish, individual clothes and become part and parcel of the team!! Time is on his side to do the right things now otherwise a time ll come when people all scorn at his mere mention of his name!!
  • kofi says:
    June 23, 2014 12:01 am
    Ghana is coming home
  • access says:
    June 23, 2014 12:14 am
    DR AA let Ghana down
  • keith from germany says:
    June 23, 2014 12:15 am
    the rule says germany must beat portugal by two goals to nil or more and ghana has to pip portugal by one goal to zero to qualify. that means zo be able to qualify u need, germany's help and u also have to score portugal without conceeding. thats the football mathematics
  • selfmade says:
    June 23, 2014 12:18 am
    Again,I have noticed one thing too which I want to share! Anytime we put on the red jersey,we play differently and far better! Yes am a very superstitious being and believe in both good and evil as the good book says! The red jersey has some luck or effect on our players and I all suggest that we make the RED JERSEY OUR HOME KIT! I know some people all say this is not important but there is no club or country in the world that doesn't believe that certain jerseys contribute to their winning or losing a match! The red jersey is turning out to be a very LUCKY JESERY FOR US and I want the fa to make it our home jersey! Anytime we put the red JERSERY, WE PLAY DIFFERENTLY AND WITH PASSION!
  • access says:
    June 23, 2014 12:12 am
    Yea on paper but in reality Ghana is out . Ghana have a good team but the coach is technically bankrupt ...Don't blame Jordan... I think USA and Germany will play for a draw..
  • keith from germany says:
    June 23, 2014 12:18 am
    germany must beat usa i mean.its a pity ghana has to depend on others whilst ghana had its chance in his own hands. jordan ayew will be having sleppless night
  • Eben says:
    June 23, 2014 12:21 am
    @boro; enough of that, if u’re criticizing Jordan for his selfishness fair enough. Why do insult his father, it’s the same man whose other son, ayew, has put on great performance in both games. I’ve lost every respect for u for attacking a man who has absolutely nothing to do with that. Why don’t you talk about the two glorious chances Asamoah gyan wasted in first half, we could’ve equally won if he had score one of those chances in the first half. What is prove that he’ll have scored even if Jordan had given him the ball, a useless striker who has one of the poorest conversion rate.
  • Godfred says:
    June 23, 2014 12:38 am
    Please, refrain from using hard words like useless etc. you can express your opinion but please do that with care, thank you for your love for mother Ghana, l love you and our country. l pray to the Almighty to take us through to the next round. Amen
  • fearless says:
    June 23, 2014 12:51 am
    No blame games guys.Jordan is a gud player but we need to encourage him,I knw with God on our sides we will scale thru.As a prophet I speak dat Ghana will nt die in dis groups but God will be our strength n shield IJN
  • Samedge says:
    June 23, 2014 12:54 am
    Relax guys. Our dreams of advancing to the next stage is over. Germany & Usa will delibrately play draw to eliminate Ghana & Portugal.
  • Samedge says:
    June 23, 2014 01:00 am
    Relax guys. Our dreams of advancing to the next stage is over. Germany & Usa will delibrately play draw to eliminate Ghana & Portugal. Let's thank Jordan Ayew for how far he has brought us. I hardly criticise players but i will never forget the selfishness Jordan has displayed.
  • fearless says:
    June 23, 2014 01:00 am
    Guys if God doesn't wants to qualify U.S would ve won da match but luk at da late goal,but God is truly Ghana.GOD BLESS OUR HOME LAND N MKE US GREAT N STRONG.
  • selfmade says:
    June 23, 2014 01:00 am
    Keith... What's superstition bro? The oxford dictionary defines it as a widely held but irrational belief in SUPERNATURAL INFLUENCES esp as leading to a GOOD OR BAD LUCK or practices based on such belief! All religion are superstition in nature as their beliefs are irrational but not rational! Christaianity which uses the bible as the guiding book of life based their beliefs on superstitious SUPERNATURAL BEING whose actions cannot be interpreted by the rational mind! Africans and black people don't understand the word superstition and link it to SO CALLED BLACK MAGIC which they errenously thinks that, because is called BLACK, IS PRACTISED ONLY BY BLACK PEOPLE which is ridicoulsy to say the least! The word black used doesn't means that is performed by only black people but rather it means that, IT IS PERFOMED IN THE MOST HIDDEN OR SECRET PLACE which the Greeks refer to as BLACK! GOD is a god who lives in secret(black) and hence we can refer to god as the one who lives in secret(black) Moses was called as MAGICIAN by the Egyptians though the bible says that his powers came from Jehovah! Without superstition, there all be no religion because superstition simply means the believe in a SUPERNATURAL BEING who influences events and outcomes! In christians called that superstitious being as GOD,Moslems called him ALLAH,rastas called him JAH and what have u! There can never be any religion wwithout a superstitious being because the superstitious being makes what people believe in! The bible is therefore full of superstitious wonders and miracles as those miracles were performed by a SUPERNATURAL POWER which is irrrational and beyond our scope of our understanding!
  • fearless says:
    June 23, 2014 01:02 am
  • fearless says:
    June 23, 2014 01:09 am
    @selfmade.Ghana will definitely mke it.never say never.
  • Eben says:
    June 23, 2014 01:15 am
    Kwesi Appiah should talk to his players coz the selfishness is too much.I was so disappointed.why should he let Jordan play whilst Abdul Majeed Waris is on bench.That guy is greedy n selfish
  • selfmade says:
    June 23, 2014 01:43 am
    If a christian says he is not superstitious, then it means he is an unbeliever because the word by itself says it all...SUPER!! The super means a SUPERNATURAL being and GOD ALMIGHT IS A SUPERNATURAL BEING! anyone who says he believes in GOD and the bible but is not superstitious is lost and doesn't know what he is worshipping
  • Boro says:
    June 23, 2014 01:46 am
    We were wearing the red Jersey when we lost to Uruguay on penalties and missed the Semis. So what about that?
  • Tsprhey Raymond says:
    June 23, 2014 02:29 am
    When will my country Ghana learn to be independent, My beloved country Ghana is always depending on others even in playing football. Hmmmmm GOD help ours.
  • Zargon says:
    June 23, 2014 06:19 am
    Jordon will never change that is how he is. A very promising young player but why he behaves like this we will never know. It's ashame really.
  • Godfred says:
    June 23, 2014 06:53 am
    l never expected one who has not had an experience to challenge the one speaking from his experience, moreover the fact that you do not believe does not mean that no one should belief, so Keith l did not tell you to believe, l expressed my opinion based on my belief. and l speak from what l have experienced in my life. my statement was not superstitious, in case you need to redifine the word.