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2014 World Cup: Christian Atsu impressed most in Black Stars' massive exhibition win - Maxwell Konadu

Published on: 24 May 2014
Christian Atsu was the star of the game

By Ameenu Shardow

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Maxwell Konadu says the Black Stars technical team was most impressed by the performance of hat-trick hero Christian Atsu in the 6-1 demolition of a locally select side in an exhibition match played on Friday.

The Chelsea player who spent last season on loan at Vitesse scored three times to help hand the Black Stars a befitting send off as they embark on yet another World Cup campaign.

The Ghana World Cup squad took full advantage of a timid locally assembled team ‘Dream Team’ who were afraid to make tackles to avoid any injuries in the game played at the Accra Sports Stadium.

And even though Jordan Ayew, Albert Adomah and Sulley Muntari got themselves on the scoresheet, the team’s technical handlers were most impressed by the overall individual effort of winger Christian Atsu.

“We were all excited when we saw a player score a hat trick,” Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu said after the game.

“I think that was the highest point because in football, the supporters always want to see goals.

“And we saw a lot of goals today which was good for the game and the fans as well.”

The Black Stars will now depart for their week-long training camp in Rotterdam on Saturday evening.

The team will be joined by Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng who secured permission to absent themselves from the early preparations in Accra.


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  • Polo says:
    May 24, 2014 11:13 am
    Look at how people where overhyping David Accam , I was very dissapointed in his performance.
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 01:48 pm
    One thing about atsu is that he always performs in useless matches or ll I say against cheap opposition and is find wanted when he meets hard, tough tackling defenders! I have seen one thing about atsu which he needs to fix if he can become a real Africa superstar which is, he needs to be TOUGH AND PHYSICAL against defenders who play rough against him! If he can't do that physical thing against defenders, he better learn to release the ball as soon as possible and control his flow of game with accurate passes!! Maybe am too harsh and judging him early based on his performances in afcon which tends to be too PHYSICAL for him but I hope he proves me wrong in the WC which lacks the physical ASSAULT in the Africa cup of nations! Lastly, he is a good dribbler but in the WC, quality defenders ll give him less space to move hence and needs to EXPLOIT SPACES on the opposition third rather than always struggling to beat two or three players!! He has a quick feet and if he can run into dangerous empty spaces, GHANA LL HAVE A LOT OF FREE KICKS AND PENALTIES IN THIS WC!
  • togbe says:
    May 24, 2014 08:40 am
    This result shouldnt get into your head cos the Dream team defence were cautioned before the game to play soft to avoid injuries. ..that wldnt be the case at the mundial in brazil against Germany and co.. so Mr Maxwell, please wait.
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 24, 2014 09:06 am
    O GSN PLEASE GIVE US A GOOD REPORT ON THE MATCH. We want to see stats, pictures, and individual performances on all the players not just one or two players. All the players you spent months campaigning for how did they play?
  • jax says:
    May 24, 2014 09:43 am
    winning a ''B'' team shouldn't get into their heads, this is wc not afcon. Up eagles, up black stars
  • Mate says:
    May 24, 2014 08:38 am
    Atsu scored all his goals when he played the number 10 role in the first half because he didnot have to cut in all he had to do was dribble and score in the second half when he came to the right wing his performance went down I think the coach should consider him at number 10. I think Accam is faster than Adomah but Adomah is more efficient his crosses were very good Accam crosses were very poor.
  • Viper says:
    May 24, 2014 08:19 am
    Yes,he scored a hat trick,the team did well but what about the team deficiencies? We can't be waxing lyrical about their performance and also not look at thee team's deficiencies.Issues such as our non starters(first half team) scoring most goals than the starters.The defence and goalkeeper have been our source of worry all this while,how did they perform? Giving away a penalty?
  • Dr Who says:
    May 24, 2014 07:27 am
    Thats the result of regular club football....the likes of Wakaso should take a cue.