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2014 World Cup: Former Ghana captain Joe Addo hails Kevin Boateng influence in triumph over South Korea

Published on: 10 June 2014
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By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Former Ghana captain Joe Addo has hailed the 'impressive' performance of Kevin-Prince Boateng in Ghana's 4-0 trouncing of South Korea in a pre-World Cup friendly on Monday night. 

The Schalke 04 star led the Black Stars midfield as they outclassed the Asians to enter Brazil in buoyant mood.

Despite criticisms about Boateng's rough play, Addo feels the former AC Milan star's contribution to the game was crucial.

"We were lacking that confidence to play against them but Boateng showed he was a world class midfielder and hustled them well though he was a bit rough at time but on a whole he was good," he told Accra-based Oman FM.

Boateng who will be playing at his second World Cup for Ghana is expected to play an influential role for the Black Stars.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • wilson says:
    June 11, 2014 05:58 am
    unlike maxwell konadu, Joe ad do was an ex black stars player but I'm at a loss when he is often referred to as ex captain
  • kofi says:
    June 11, 2014 03:42 am
    You are right about these two players
  • Lord Dennings says:
    June 11, 2014 12:03 am
    I did not want to say anything about a player not doing well, but I must say that KPB and Muntari were no no for me in this particular match. I could be wrong, but I have to challenge Hagia about No Muntari No Black Stars. I am hoping Boateng shines in the USA match. As for Muntari, the earlier he grows up the better
  • Assemblyman says:
    June 11, 2014 12:54 am
    This man deserves some lashes!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 11, 2014 02:56 am
    Guys relax. This was a meaningless win. You guys still dont get it. The pressure Ghanaian fans put on the Coach resulted in him feilding his best players in a meaningless win. What if Waris' injury had been real serious? What if the South Koreans had targeted Gyan instead of Waris with those knee high tackles? The role KPB is playing for the Black Stars is very critical but you guys don't get it. It is not enough to have good players. When the other team tries to bully and intimidate a team there has to be a response if you don't respond they take you for their bitch and try to screw with you. KPB manned up and took on the South Koreans when they went after his team mate just like he is doing taking on the whole German nation for the Black Stars. Muntari should have been just as ascertive as KPB especially when Jordan tried to take that free kick. The whole world knows free kicks are Muntari's fortee and he should have insisted. When the game means something trust me these champions will step up and shine like the Black Stars they really are. Relax!
  • Jona says:
    June 10, 2014 08:35 pm
    Masa, were you drunk watching the game? KPB was nothing but a shadow of himself. I like him, but he disappointed. He wanted to show master class and cheaply gave away the balls. We got to face the fact and tell him to live up to expectation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • PeeWee says:
    June 10, 2014 09:34 pm
    KPB did not play well in this game...what game did Addo watch?
  • Papa Addo says:
    June 10, 2014 09:59 pm
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 10, 2014 10:14 pm
    @papa addo we know. But dollars talk
  • Richie says:
    June 10, 2014 10:42 pm
  • Adebayo says:
    June 10, 2014 10:45 pm
    'We were lacking the confidence to play against them'. I have always thought Joe Addo was intelligent enough to say meaningful things on the public platform! I think differently now! How can you credit this victory to one player, and Kevin at that, not even Jordan who had a great game! By the way, why are the soccer historians silent? When was the last time any Black Star player scored a hattrick even in a friendly match?
  • ginger2 says:
    June 10, 2014 10:51 pm
    Jordan really worked hard. Cos he was really helping harrison aful when he came on.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 10, 2014 10:58 pm
    Adebayo this is the first time oo but the team did not play well overall considering the fact that the opponent was not lethal at finishing otherwise it would had been a different ballgame... Kpb was no where to be found on the night except for that ridiculous foul he committed..
  • Chu says:
    June 10, 2014 11:27 pm
    KPB is going to taste his own bitter pills he forced down the nation's throat. I once fell in love with a girl in class 6 aand she cared shit about ma feelings. Now she is dieing for that love 12 years down the line. Not because I've achived or grown handsome but she is desperate cause no one ain't proposing to her anymore. Beauty fades so does strenght and skill. KPB still thinks he is in that exploding 2010 form but he would become a frustrated player subbed at the beggining of the restart. I wonder if he will even get the final game to play cause he has fallen below expectation and he will watch the game s when we progress. You can't eat your cake and have it back.
  • kwame denkyi says:
    June 11, 2014 12:01 am
    what is hating boateng going do you anyemi me? Guy is already playing for the national team and putting his heart out and you still hate him. I think you are better off cheering him up, because a hateful and vindictive spirit is neither good for your spiritual or physical well being. It is just a waste of time to hate. Black stars all the way. Kevin all the way.