2014 World Cup: Asamoah Gyan: 'Ghana enjoy being the underdogs'

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan said he is unfazed by his team's underdog status in a difficult group at the FIFA World Cup.

Asamoah Gyan says the Black Stars prefer to be known as the underdogs at the World Cup

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan said he is unfazed by his team’s underdog status in a difficult group at the FIFA World Cup.

Little is expected of the African nation in a Group G which features Germany, Portugal and the United States.

But that matters little to Gyan, who said his side would relish the tag ahead of their opening game against the USA at the Arena das Dunas in Natal on Monday.

”We know that’s what everybody thinks about Ghana, rating Ghana as underdogs and the other teams as favourites which is statistically the right thing, but in football you can’t win with names anymore,” Al-Ain striker Gyan told a news conference.

“It depends how you’re going to do on the field. I think so far we’ve had a lot of surprises in the tournament.

“I can’t say that’s what will happen tomorrow but we believe in ourselves and we know what we need to do on the field. We enjoy being the underdogs and we will be ourselves and do the right thing.”

Gyan said his team had all the belief they needed to overcome the USA in a key game, given the two European sides in the group are favoured to progress.

“Most of our players are playing well at their clubs, they are in great shape,” he said.

“Talking about the United States team, they are a good side, we have fought them a couple of times, they are a very dangerous team but we don’t think of the opponents but of ourselves first.

“We have to just build our confidence. When we get onto the field you have to adapt to what style they bring onto the field and then we play together.

“I don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. We are Ghana and I am expecting a win for Ghana. They will also be expecting a win for them so I don’t know. It’s going to be very interesting.”

After beating the United States at the World Cup in their two previous appearances, do you think it is fair to call Ghana the underdogs for this match? Are the FIFA rankings fair? Make your views known in the box below:


  1. Down South says:

    We all know Ghana in that group are underdog we expect USA to win. 2-1 will be the final score

  2. Mumbi says:

    If its not fair to call them UNDERDOGS then we should remove the word “UNDER” and the other one fits them well.

  3. Edifor says:

    Mumbi are u serious at all? Fire boonn u

  4. Ghanaman says:

    USA is not a footballing nation,we will give ’em 3 n no reply.

  5. jorks says:

    buh y re u guys being so sure USA will win, where were u when we scored them in Gemany and South Africa

  6. SHANGO says:

    USA 3 GHANA 1.This will happen live, and Andre will score the only goal. This was revealed to me, take it or leave it, but it will come to pass . Mark my words !

  7. Selfmade says:

    We will surely beat USA 0-3 Ghana. Coach Appiah collected a lot of Juju from his elder brother Kwaku Bonsam. We have been failing in africa due to luck of a powerful witch doctor, now we have him. We believe in him very much for our success because here in Ghana we worship witch doctors and respect them very much and this one is the most powerful. He is our CHIEF PRIEST.

  8. Sibs says:

    Good luck to the Black Stars and Nigeria tonight/morning. Wish you the best!!

  9. Samedge says:

    Mumbi’s mum has a serious relationship with a male dog in Zambia. Therefore his father is a dog. Mumbi dog licks ur mum’s big bucket between her two legs before having sex with her. U are the first son of the dog. That is why u give dogs-like comments here.

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