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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach defends decision to start Daniel Opare over Harrison Afful in USA defeat

Published on: 17 June 2014
Daniel Opare shaking off a challenge from Jermaine Jones

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says Daniel Opare showed better form in training to merit a starting place in the 2-1 defeat to USA over Harrison Afful in their opening group game at the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars trainer opted to field Kwadwo Asamoah in an unusual left-back position while Opare played on the opposite defensive flank with Harrison Afful – an expert lateral defender – dropped to the bench for the entire game.

Opare has come in for a lot of bashing following the defeat to the USA as he was deemed ineffective on the day with most of crosses failing to meet the intended targets.

Kwesi Appiah has also come in for his fair share of criticisms following the defeat on Monday night – particularly for his decision to play Opare ahead of Harrison Afful.

But the Black Stars coach explains the Standard Liege right-back showed good form in training to merit the start.

“During the training sessions Daniel Opare was the one that we’ve been using,” he said.

“He had a muscle problem so we rested him for the friendly game against South Korea but since then he has been training well.

“I believe he was in better shape than Harrison and that is why I decided to start him.”

Ghana now faces an early exit from the competition and must now get results against Germany and Portugal in order to survive Group G.

The Black Stars have now shifted their focus to the game against three-time winners Germany on Saturday in Fortaleza.


This article has 21 comment(s), give your comment
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 17, 2014 11:15 pm
    Afful belongs on the left full back the Coach played Opare ahead of Inkoom who has World Cup experience from 2010.
  • me says:
    June 17, 2014 09:48 pm
    kwasiaaaa Appiah
  • Benito says:
    June 17, 2014 12:11 pm
    I was wondering why the coach will still keep opare on pitch when is clear that he was sloppy throughout,and adomah had no business coming into this game.
  • ChiefRocka says:
    June 17, 2014 12:13 pm
    AA can't own his mistakes, Opare defensively is somewhat good but moving forward is useless..he crosses recieve an F- his passes recieve a D+...Meanwhile you have Afful who's crosses are exceptional, he created the 3rd goal vs South Korea
  • Kwaku says:
    June 17, 2014 12:23 pm
    Banza coach......noten give u. You are a waste of tax payers money
  • shine says:
    June 17, 2014 12:44 pm
    Do not insult him Ghanaians,are you not the ones that supported him throughout. Are you not the ones said young players are better than older ones so why are you guys are now complaining? while we have John Mensah and John Paintsil who could have teach the Yanks how to play soccer. Kwarasey is not good for Ghana period he should go and allow Dauda who has a luck for Ghana. Black stars cant progress thats the facts let them come home now. A short shameful is better than a longer one. All our players are poor except Dede Sulley Boateng Essien.Poor and shame to Kwesi Appiah and his so called mother fucking bad and smelling technical team. All of them should go and rest in peaces.I will never watch Ghana match massa haba naw.Germans will score Ghana 10 goals to zero.poor poor poor Kwesi Appiah stay in Brazil do not vench in Ghana or you will get attack fucking coach.
  • Troy says:
    June 17, 2014 12:03 pm
    Stop explaining yourself. Clueless coach nobody wants to hear u.
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  • Angry Bird says:
    June 17, 2014 11:57 am
    He played so damn bad!! His passing, crossing, and even his first touch were all bad yesterday!! This is not the reason why Opare moved to Porto, come on boy you can do way better than showed yesterday
  • Navy seal says:
    June 17, 2014 01:02 pm
    Benito shut ya fuckin beak.You advocate for Adomah's inclusion .When Benny reveal why AA chose Adomah,you prick with Union fucking leader were raining insult and side with fucking selfmade fool whe Benny had beef with foolish motherfucker self made. AA all the way.pathetic fool.wo Maame twe.
  • Pinkus says:
    June 17, 2014 01:03 pm
    Daniel Opare was a disaster against USA. All his passes and crosses were wrong, period. Poor coaching could not see the problem.
  • Lovely says:
    June 17, 2014 01:07 pm
    AA, please start defending nonsense, every good coach has his starting eleven. Stop selecting players based on their performance on practice ground. U performance is a clear indication of how empty headed u are. U didn't learn a damn thing from the London trip. Do u think Portugal coach will bench Ronaldo because he failed to perform during practice match? Tetteh is by far a tactical coach than u, I don't know why the FA selected u....Thank God u gave them the result that they wanted. Go ahead and select naked neck chickens for the game against Germany....
  • Ernest opoku Asare says:
    June 17, 2014 12:49 pm
    coach kwesi Appiah was totally confused, he didn't know what he was doing why shld u play Opare whn he has not even play our friendly matches. and y shld u play kojo asamoah @ left back.its simple he was tactically bankrupt, he made as loose.
  • Lovely says:
    June 17, 2014 12:52 pm
    Troy, u are a big fool. U were insulting Soccer Pundit when he said that the coach is clueless, now u are saying the samething. U are an epitome of disgrace, a true example of those who killed Christ....Useless bastard( Troy), cut tail dog...don't open ur lousy mouth on this site again.
  • isquared says:
    June 17, 2014 12:55 pm
    Ghana totally outplayed the US and only unfairly lost this game for three main reasons: (1) Opare, Muntari/Rabiu & finally Boye had their defensive positioning all wrong on US’1st goal – should have forced play to the outside instead of inside (2) Muntari, Mensah and again Boye were positioned wrongly on US’ 2nd goal from the corner kick (3) we created many scoring opportunities (21 shots on goal vs. 8 for US) but lacked composure upfront from all our players including even experienced players Gyan, Muntari & KPB. So forumites, our loss to US was due to a couple of mistakes and lack of composure by some key players and NOT due to player selection or coach Appiah’s fault. Yes, given Opare’s lack of playing time, Afful should have started @ right back but got the nod cos he’s got more pace. Kwadwo Asamoah’s role @ left back was the right call as we still created tons of scoring opportunities without him in central midfield – we just did NOT finish our chances. If we had been more clinical upfront, despite the defensive lapses, we could have easily won 4-2. So, please stop all this negativity as overall we completely outplayed the US and given Germany’s average performance against a poor 10-man Portugal team, I can see us beating both teams to qualify for the knockout phase. Fix our defensive mistakes and have better offensive composure, and this team is good enough to beat ANY team at the world cup including a very average Brazil team!!!!
  • cobbysam says:
    June 17, 2014 01:50 pm
    always talking about tactical some one should ask AA about his game plan opare starter the game were our technical men were sitting and no one notice he was shit am still shock
  • extrovert says:
    June 17, 2014 01:29 pm
    stop all dis critics n pray 4 deir survival in de group of death ghanaian's
  • BS says:
    June 17, 2014 03:09 pm
    The coach is fucking useless y didn't he start Afful
  • Lord Dennings says:
    June 17, 2014 02:20 pm
    Good talk Isquared, I think Ghana played well except that we could not take our chances well. some of the players were a little timid. The Black Stars is a big team and they should not be intimidated. We have to go all out against portugal
  • Kofi Baah says:
    June 20, 2014 12:28 am
    All I would like to say to the Team and the Coach ahead of our most important and for most game, Black Stars Boys just lift your heads up to look at the damn goal post before you take a shot. Most of your so called 18 shots in goal were all because you kept your head on the ball such as Chrsitian Atsu Please look at the post when you are read to shot so you know where you can actually place the ball in the net cuz once you dribble you position yourself in an spot you may think would be a great place to shot but untill you look up to see the post and the goal keeper I beg of you in the name of Onyankupong, LOOK UP before you SHOT!!!
  • King of Kings says:
    June 17, 2014 03:26 pm
    Coach Appiah you have other options like Inkoom. What happened?