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2014 World Cup: Dream Team were naive against Black Stars, says assistant coach Isaac 'Opeele' Boateng

Published on: 24 May 2014
David Accam in a chase for the ball in the friendly

By Ameenu Shardow

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Coach Isaac ‘Opeele’ Boateng admitted his team played an overly cautious game in their 6-1 demolition to the Black Stars in the exhibition match played on Friday in Accra.

The star-studded Ghana squad took full advantage of the ‘naive’ Dream Team to record the resounding win before an impressive crowd at the Accra Sports Stadium with Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur in attendance.

Winger Christian Atsu led the pack by scoring a hat trick with the other goals scored by Jordan Ayew, Albert Adomah and Sulley Muntari.

The Dream Team, an assembly of players from Ghana’s second tier to the Premier League could only manage a consolation through a spot kick by Bright Adjei.

Assistant coach of the side Isaac Boateng however admitted his team suffered from pulling away from tackles in order to avoid injuries to the World Cup-bound Black Stars players.

“I believe my team was naive and you could see they were pulling away from a lot of the tackles especially in the first half,” he said after the game.

“The team also struggled to contain Agyemang-Badu and Afriyie Acquah in the first half but you saw the second half was a massive improvement.

“The players were now going in with sliding tackles and all that and it showed in the performance and result in the second half.”

The Black Stars team have now concluded their four-day training program in Accra and will travel for their Rotterdam base on Saturday evening.

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


This article has 2 comment(s), give your comment
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    May 24, 2014 03:56 pm
    Well the two friendlies left will not be just for fun, so that where we will see the strength of the black stars, i do not expect them to go in to get a win, but use these matches to position theirs strengths at the right spots on the field.
  • Lord Dennings says:
    May 24, 2014 03:26 pm
    I really do not understand this theory. Did they play according to instructions given them,or they just played however they assume fit. Professional players know that injury is part of the game. How can we access the strength of the world cup bound players. I am not saying the local black stars should have tackled with malicious intent. They should have played competitive soccer. Unless this is just a mere excuse, it does not make any sense to play it softly because the professional players would face hard tackles during the tournament. Isn't it better to train hard and do better at the tournament proper than to assume you are better until the hard tackles start flying in?