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2014 World Cup: Black Stars' performance in farewell match impresses Ghana coach

Published on: 23 May 2014
Jordan Ayew controlling the ball amidst challenges from opponents

By Ameenu Shardow

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Maxwell Konadu says the Black Stars were impressive in their 6-1 mauling of a locally select side in an exhibition game on Friday not because of the massive result recorded but rather the performance of the team.

The star-studded Black Stars team thrashed the Dream Team before an impressive crowd at the Accra Sports Stadium with winger Christian Atsu leading the pack by scoring a hat trick.

The game was played to climax activities to bid an official farewell to the Black Stars as they embark on their third successive World Cup campaign this June in Brazil.

The team looked extremely impressive on the night against a side that was afraid to get into tackles over fear of injuring the world cup-bound players especially in the first half.

The Black Stars however took full advantage to score six goals against the locally assembled team who could only manage a consolation from the spot.

The win according to assistant coach Maxwell Konadu impressed Kwesi Appiah not for the result but the total display of the side on the night.

“The coach was very impressed not because of the scoreline but then the performance of the team,” Konadu said at the post-match press conference.

“The players were running and they were doing what they were supposed to do.

“This game has been very successful and I believe everyone has been satisfied.

“The supporters in the game of football always want to see goals and this evening we gave them a lot of goals.”

The Black Stars have now ended their four-day training program in Accra and will travel to the Netherlands on Saturday evening to continue with their preparations for the World Cup in Brazil.


This article has 24 comment(s), give your comment
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 02:05 am
    We have never ever conceded a PENALTY in our two WC appearance but that ll certanily change in Brazil! Secondly, non of our defenders has been send off in all our WC games and with the exception of ASAMOAH GYAN receiving the matching orders from the biased Serbian ref in our match against Brazil in Germany, we have always play with full strength but am sorry I can see that changing in Brazil with this four porous defenders were are sending to Brazil!! Finally, we should bear in mind that, the refs ll try to punish us with CARDS with least contact against all our three opponents and they ll even hesitate to give our players the matching orders! Even if we survive the group phase, those cards ll come back to hunt us like it did against us in the Uruguay match where dede was needed! AA should fix this problem before we enplan to Brazil, becasus is a DISASTER waiting to HAPPEN!! C RONALDO is a NOTORIOUS DIVER and is among the top ten football divers in history and he ll take us for a ride if we don't take care with him esp our defenders!
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 12:11 pm
    @ Dr who... Is true that conceded in an open play against Italy in Germany thru osei kufour back pass but I didn't included that in it because it was a very NAIVE PASS from osei and again Ghana was just a debutant! Thanks for though
  • Benito says:
    May 24, 2014 12:01 pm
    Ghanaians were making so much noise about accam ,now people are calling for his exclusion judgmening him by just one match he played.. ??
  • Redd says:
    May 25, 2014 11:38 am
    I have a big problem with Akaminko. I have always said he is a big red card in waiting at the world cup.Have you guys all forgotten what he did at Montenegro?Punching a player in the face but yet we are going to present this guy to the world.AA pls wise up.We are better off with Sumaila as back-up for j. boye and j. mensah.
  • Redd says:
    May 25, 2014 11:21 am
    We conceded a penalty against the US in south Africa.Pls get your facts right.
  • KWABENA PISO says:
    May 24, 2014 10:02 am
    wee ba, I agree with u. Jerry akaminko is not a national team material. David Accam, Mubarak wakaso and Jerry Akaminko should be axed from the team. fatau dauda doesn't deserve to be our no.1, accam's time will come at the appropriate time. I hate Jerry akaminko.
  • Healer says:
    May 24, 2014 08:12 am
    I wish the black stars gud luck but i have a problem dauda,i think kwarasey will do the job better for us.
  • Mate says:
    May 24, 2014 06:00 am
    They didnot instead of. The note
  • shark says:
    May 24, 2014 06:05 am
    David Accam david Accam David Accam...OUT! He does nothing... And they are a lot of players in the squared who play like him. Atsu, Ayew, Adomah... ALl. These players have physic and pace...
  • Emeka says:
    May 24, 2014 06:09 am
    Great performance from the black really confidence in them...kudos stars....go shine in Brasil.
  • Dr Who says:
    May 24, 2014 06:27 am
    lets not draw quick conclusion on the players....its good to assess them though.I still want to see how they will perform against well composed sides like Korea & Holland...kudos to Atsu for the hat-trick
  • bless says:
    May 24, 2014 06:37 am
    How can you exclude boakye yiadom a Spanish la liga player for this average Sweden player.. Nooo good coach wl do that. We are watching you now AA
  • goalaa says:
    May 24, 2014 06:39 am
    AA not calling boakye yiadom beats me mind day in day out cux the guy is very good.
  • Don Justy says:
    May 24, 2014 07:10 am
    whatever happens in this world cup, i still believe in the balck stars. whether we exit the group stages or not, oseee Balck Stars. defending champs , france exited 2002 wc in the group stages without scoring a goal nor winning a single match. it has happened to great football nations like spain, holland, england, italy, portugal, etc. i believe with a bit of luck, BS will do well. if not, whatever happens, i still believe n love the BS. Black stars, oseeeeeeeee yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.......
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  • wee ba says:
    May 24, 2014 07:42 am
    JERRY AKAMINKO:can someone pls tell him to calm the f#k you remember the silly foul he commited against tresor mputu in 18 box during the afcon in SA.He attacked a chile player too during the friendly,and yesterday we all saw him mad at this local boy who tackled him. hmmm asem be ba dabi FATAU DAUDA:that guy is rusty but our corrupted technical team fails to see,just because of the bribe the bribe they can a keeper hire the whole national team goal keeper trainer as his personal trainer? haha i no go talk chaw
  • oi says:
    May 24, 2014 07:49 am
    Squared paaa....dude is squad
  • oi says:
    May 24, 2014 07:51 am
    Dude its confident
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 02:54 am
    With the exception of BRAZIL AND USA in Germany 06 who did beat us thru OPEN PLAY, all the goals that we have conceded is thru SETPIECES AND DEAD BALL PLAY! Infact, our first ever goal that we conceded in the WC against Italy was from a setpieces or dead ball play ie corner kick!! A short corner find unmarked PIERLO who bend the ball clinically into our net! In south Africa, Australia scored against us thru another USELESS free kick committed right infront of our defensive area, mark bresciano bend the ball over our wall, olele spilled it and Bret Hoffman score from the rebound!! Thirdly, in our match against the USA, the Americans scored from a spot kick or dead ball play when Donovan cheekily and cooly scored from the penalty! Ghana ll again give Uruguay a cheap goal thru a SETPIECE right around our defensive area!! Diego FORLAN punished us severily from that careless free kick and it still hurts me up to now!! Finally, Germany beat us from a dead ball situation thru a THROW IN! So in all our WC matches, we give away a poor free kick in dangerous positions and the opposition always take advantage of them!! Africa and for that matter Ghana can never ever win the WC if continue in this bad trend!! In Brazil, we are facing against one of the worlds NOTORIOUS FOOTBALL DIVER called C.RONALDO and if he can do his antics against the world powerful football national team called the THREE LIONS, Ghana ll be a piece of cake for him with his obnoxious antics!!
  • pacific says:
    May 24, 2014 02:59 am
    @ selfmade check ur facts well bcos Ghana has conceded a penalty in wc before..we conceded a penalty against USA in south africa 2010..
  • Dr Who says:
    May 24, 2014 03:35 am
    @selfmade, at Germany 2006 WC, the Black Stars conceeded a second goal against Italy through open play.Remember the supposed back pass from Samuel Osei Kufour to Olele that was pounced by the Italian substitute striker.
  • lhaj says:
    May 24, 2014 04:45 am
    I totally agree with you. As you pointed out, set piece and dead balls have always being the downside of African teams. I hope the coach will emphasize on the points you have just made in the locker room. If Ghana and all the other African teams can maintain their defensive discipline for 90 minutes, I do not see any team in the entire tournament that can outclass them. This Ghana team is by far the best team to represent the country. The only downfall however is to maintain discipline throughout the game. Go Ghana!!
  • Topspiel says:
    May 24, 2014 05:18 am
    This is true, the refs could be another opponents. BS, be aware! Good luck
  • Mate says:
    May 24, 2014 05:57 am
    The following players didnot impress,and the not help their chances to get selected david Accam has very good pace, but his crosses are very poor non of his crosses went to team mates. Wakasu was only causing fouls he is not in form jordan ayew scored a good goal but does not look like someone who can score for you when the game is 0-0 and you need a game changer. inkoom all the other players who played right back played better than him even though he had 45minutes to impress.if seems like Jeffrey Schullp and Afful will play left and right back.