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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach changed Kevin-Prince Boateng for tactical reasons in Germany thriller

Published on: 21 June 2014
Kevin-Prince Boateng was replaced by Jordan Ayew early in the second half

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says his early substitution of Kevin-Prince Boateng was 'tactical' following growing concerns of the star forward's non-existence in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Germany.

The 27-year-old failed to live up to all the pre-match talks for the game against his former country and brother on Saturday in Fortaleza.

Boateng struggled to make his star impact felt throughout the first half where to be fair, Ghana struggled to retain possession.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah had Boateng replaced seven minutes into the second half by Jordan Ayew - moments after the Black Stars had fallen behind to a Mario Goetze goal.

Jordan Ayew was a bit more effective after coming on but could have done better especially with golden opportunities falling his way.

Coach Kwesi Appiah contrary to thoughts he took off Boateng due to his non-performance says his decision was purely 'tactical'.

“Kevin is a good player with many qualities but sometimes coaches take off players for tactical reasons,” he said.

“But I think he did very well in the first half.”

Ghana eventually pulled even and even took the lead through Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan respectively.

The Black Stars were however undone with poor defending of set pieces as Miroslav Klose tapped in the equalizer to end the game 2-2.

Ghana are now left with the hope of a Portugal win over the USA in the other group game to be played on Sunday to remain in contention.

Do you think coach Appiah was right to substitute Boateng in the game? Were you satisfied with his performance? Was he a mere passenger in the game? Does it justify when Appiah benched him in the first game against the USA? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • Boro says:
    June 22, 2014 12:07 am
    Yes it was good you took KPB out but wondering whether Jordan was the right one most especially when he was just to simply lay simple pass and Ghana would have been 3 goals up. He started this stupid behaviour in the afcon 2012 and has repeated that at a point when Ghana needed a win badly. Jordan is the reason we could not win in todays match and this should be the end of the road for Jordan even if we make it to the knockout stage.
  • Ghfuo says:
    June 22, 2014 12:16 am
    AA is our problem AA is the one giving us all these problems. Wat did Badu come n do in this game? Mensah is the reason we didn't conceded more goals. I don't know why boye was even brought in in the 2half. Kpb is not committed. We don't need him. Acquah would have hustled better. Aa is mentally constipated. Imagine kasa on the wings today. He would have gotten into the 18nuff times! We needed for today. How are we going to beat Portugal with more goals? It's possible but not easy . Boyee should have seen that Goetze had gotten inside of afful. Before the cross was sent. He went totally for wats going on from afar. Rather than paying attention to what was beside him, goetze We should won this game. We lost from the bench. Boye messes up against usa and u give him a start again? When I insult aa. Ppl say I'm disrespecting, but look! We are played with vigor and hustle...but aa that hardheaded coconut is why we didn't win. U use kasa on the wing. U replace rabiu with acquah or essien. U remove boye for sumaila. Dauda was watching the player in the second goal, not the ball. Boye played well in the firsthalf. it his mistakes what cost us. Then u remove atsu for wakasso? Another poor decision. Look at the year atsu had with his club this or and how he played?. Wakasu barely played any games this season. AA brought in 3 subs. Only jordan did smthing better. Badu n wakaso didn't impact the game in any way. Defence wins tournaments, but u didn't make any changes to defence(boye). Dummy! AA why did u bring in Badu, wakasu n jordan. 2 mids and 1 striker. Wen uknow that defence wins tournaments. This is must win game. Uhve sumaila, acquah, essien n warris all better than boye, wakasso, Badu, jordan. In a must win game? Octopus sef predict give us, still we no fit win? Ebei aa!
  • Samedge says:
    June 22, 2014 12:19 am
    Had Jordan passed the ball to Gyan, we could have won this game. Any way someone who thought was a juju man predicted 6-1 against Ghana & said K. Asamoah will score that one goal. The person knows himself. Hahahaha. Shango go & cripple all the Blackstar players bcos they have turn ur face upside down.
  • mukmin says:
    June 22, 2014 12:52 am
    Yes Jordan messed up big time but he's not the reason we lost, we lost because of poor defending had we not conceded to cheap goals we should have won 2-0. A good defensive team should be able to hold onto a 1 goal lead. We have to work on are lapses of concentration big time.
  • KKKojo says:
    June 22, 2014 01:31 am
    AA please and please again we needed Waris instead of Jordan. Kevin is good but he is not performing as he did four years ago for that reason he can . Bravo to K. Asamoah, keep the good job up. Gyan has to stop missing some critical goals, anyway great job on the that one goal . Jordan need to pass when the need arise that's the only way we can get more goals and move forward. Lets keep hoping for the best, If Ronaldo beat US and We beat Ronaldo, we will be able to move to the group of 16 knock outs. Its possible. Overall good job and thank you to Andre for you are a true Warrior King (Ghanaian).
  • kwasi nkroma says:
    June 22, 2014 02:40 am
    Jordan did well but truth to be said if only Waris is not half fit then I don't see why Jordan should play while Waris be left at the bench.we are talking about Ghana not self achievement Jordan you are a proffetional footballer and I think you know much more than I do. that whenever they mention a goal scorer the mention the name of the assist too.a word to a wise.godbless you Jordan and mother ghana
  • PITO says:
    June 22, 2014 02:43 am
    @Well noticed, Mukmin. Some of our boys especially from the back loose concentration very easily. They are caught ball watching the moment the opposition start making some 1-2 passes outside our box. A.A needs to work on the mental fitness of our boys and we will start coming out of games with wins.
  • navy seal USA says:
    June 22, 2014 05:00 am
    Dauda should have been substituted ,shouldn't have conceded two goals.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    June 22, 2014 10:24 am
    Ei! This phrase "tactical reasons" seem to explain every situation ooo. Yooo!!!
  • papa nkrumah says:
    June 22, 2014 10:27 am
    All those insulting Jordan should stop it and rather encourage the you ng talented striker. He created good chances out of nothing. He was able to dribble pass two German top defenders to create a chance that he should have passed on the second attempt (cos the first attempt would have been offside against Gyan). He should still have passed even though there was no guarantee Gyan was going to score. Let’s appreciate the fact that he created more dangerous situations than Kevin, Atsu etc. He is one for the future so don’t kill his career before it even blossoms. Like the coach, I am sure he has also learnt his lessons.
  • Mannie says:
    June 22, 2014 11:42 am
    Bullshit, kpb was not comfortable playing against his german team..
  • The truth says:
    June 22, 2014 11:50 am
    I think he will play waris in our next game
  • The truth says:
    June 22, 2014 11:52 am
    The boy sucks and he is lazy. I've been saying this for a long time. Waris should have started the game
  • Cosmos Agyemang-Prempeh says:
    June 22, 2014 12:20 pm
    U r right, the truth, Jordan sometimes over react. He should have passed gyan. Waris must start ahead of him. Well done boys. Long live Ghana
  • Sterlingz says:
    June 22, 2014 12:30 pm
    Why did Akwasi change Kwarassy...anyway Congrats stars....but we need Warris against Portugal.