Ghana defender Daniel Opare has hit back atÂ criticsÂ who questioned his performance during their 2-1Â defeat to the USA in their opening 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The 23-year-old came under the spotlight following his not-too impressive performance against the Yanks in Natal.
Many criticized the performance of the FC Porto new recruit and questioned Kwesi Appiahâ€™s decision to draft him into the team after they suffered the painful defeat.
But the former Standard Liege right-back has rubbished such claims and wants â€˜people to open their eyesâ€™ when criticizing.
â€œPeople are not being fair with their assessment, because I did most of the work with Atsu in our first game,â€ he told the Ghana News Agency
â€œGo and watch the video again and you will realise my critics were wrong in my assessment.
â€œI admit that there were some errors on my part, but I donâ€™t see it as woeful as people were describing me.
â€œI sincerely believe I put up the best of performance on the day, but it was just unfortunate we lost the game.â€
He says heâ€™s not getting distracted by the negative media reportage on him.
â€œI am doing my work and thatâ€™s all. I will remained focus and will not be detracted about what people say because we have a bigger task ahead to deliver in our next game,â€ he added