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2014 World Cup: Ghana forward Andre Ayew rues early concession in USA defeat

Published on: 17 June 2014
Andre Ayew scored Ghana's consolation in USA defeat

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

Ghana forward Andre Ayew believes the side’s poor start was the main reason behind the shocking 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of the United States in their opening group game at the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars were stunned under just one minute when skipper Clint Dempsey slotted home coolly after an exciting solo run.

Ghana had to fight back thereafter and could only drew level through Andre Ayew with eight minute left to play.

The relief offered by the equalizer was short lived as rookie John Brooks headed in USA’s second and the eventual winner off a cheaply given away corner kick.

It is however the first goal conceded under just one minute that Ghana’s Olympique Marseille talisman rues the most following a disappointing night in Natal.

“We lost, what can we say? What was difficult was our entrance in the game,” he said.

“We are not allowed to take a goal in the first 30 seconds, that is just not possible.

“But we managed to get back into the game, managed to do the hardest part which was to equalize and continue pushing and we took a goal on a set piece when we knew that was one of their strongest points.

“We are disappointed, Ghanaians are disappointed in the result but it is not over.

“It is part of football, we learn from our mistakes and we move on.”

Ghana will now have to secure a favourable result in their next group game against three-time winners Germany on Saturday.

The Black Stars will also need another big result in the final group game against Portugal to have any chances of progression in the tournament being staged in Brazil.


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  • k somuah says:
    June 18, 2014 08:10 am
    John Boye should have gone in with a sliding tackle because from all indications the ball was a loose ball with Dempsey's first touch. That brought about all our owes. The Ayew brothers had a very bad day but that's history now; let's hope for the best while expecting the worse. NEVER SAY DIE UNTIL THE BONES ARE ROTTEN! !!!
  • kingstone says:
    June 18, 2014 08:14 am
    German 4 - Giraffes 1
  • caputo says:
    June 18, 2014 08:09 am
    There's an unconfirm report that AA was bribe by the US, he sold the match! that's why he took out the best players and started with non~starters. unconfirm though!
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 18, 2014 02:10 am
    If Ghana's strength is through the midfield then why did the Coach allow Opare to keep making those long passes which kept going to the opposition? The ball must go through the defensive midfielders and the holding midfielders. Why is Afriyie Acquah still riding the bench? Against the Netherlands he actually demanded the ball in midfield and made some very crisp accurate passes. What is up with all these useless long balls? Guys as Captain Assamoah Gyan suggested there is still a lot of soccer to be played. Let's not implode. This is a tournament, we can still advance. Stay cool keep working hard at practice and lets start at the same temp we played against the USA before the equalizer then we went to sleep again. Wake up and play from the very first second of the whistle for 90 minutes.partner up on defense don't just stand there as if it is not your concern. Join in the attack and fall back and help with the defending. Every player on the opposing team must have a Ghanaian player defending them when we lose the ball. "All for one and one for all".
  • PITO says:
    June 18, 2014 03:37 am
    Early goals against Netherlands, early goals against USA. Where is the leader in our defence? John Boye is tall-lanky but what does he use his height for? John Boye slips in and out of consciousness during games. He is not a 0 minute to 90 minutes defender. Look at him early on in the game, forgetting he is the last man and late on in the game forgetting to mark Brooks. What does he use his height for? He needs serious psychological assessment.
  • King of Kings says:
    June 17, 2014 11:37 pm
    Dede himself didn't play his best during the USA match. He did well with the equalizer but it wasn't a good game for him. Better luck next time Ayew
  • Emma says:
    June 17, 2014 11:51 pm
    Folks, don't forget that Germany can allow the US to draw or even lose to them in their final match. This is because Portugal is likely to beat the US.So the only option for Ghana now is to beat Germany and Portugal. Even a draw with any of them means goodbye Ghana. Do not forget Klinsman is a German.
  • Di Carlo says:
    June 18, 2014 12:07 am
    it is not over until it is over...bring it on Germany, bring it on Portugal...GO BLACKSTARS! we urgently need some results,do whatever it takes .
  • Kofi USA says:
    June 18, 2014 12:45 am
    The question is Does AA know how to beat another German coach? Here is a tip: Ghana's strength is attacking through the midfield. In the last world cup, Germany took over the midfield, forced us to play to their strength by resorting to crossings from the flanks into the box, and they won those balls because they're taller than us. It is the same blue print Klinsman used. Germany wont allow them to walk the ball into the net. Shooting from outside will help.
  • theobanks says:
    June 18, 2014 12:58 am
    Is not possible Dede? Is that what u said? My man is possible if u have some good for nothing players like john boye,jonathan mensah and DANIEL OPARE ADDOQUAYE PAPPOE in your squad! These players are very useless players and they play with no aim, no vision and no common sense! Is all about PYHSICALITY! Am particularly mad at the so called BOYE who is tall,thick but is very useless in air! The short players can even deal with air balls than this uselsss, good for nothing player who hardly deal with air balls in our area! Did I heard that Barcelona wants to sign this dude, maybe the Catalan scouts are suffering from long or short sightedness!! Am warning u guys to sign this dude at your own peril! He is going to be one of the most useless DEFENDERS u ever sign! Jonathan BASABASA MENSAH,when are u going to learn? So whiles your mates are winning personnel laurels for themselves, u have no aim whatsoever to improve yourself!! In fact, if only Ghana has decent central defenders, this fake and phony player wldnt have dare to put on the national colors!! Finally, to DANIEL OPARE ADDOQUAYE PAPPOE, are u sure u are in the right profession? Dude, if u have another hidden talent, start to develop it because very soon u ll be club less because no serious club with business acumen ll waste their time, money and resources on such a GOOD FOR NOTHING FULLBACK who cannot only give one decent cross but he is also a MIDGET!! In fact is true that the good footballers cannot always reach the top but only the half baked ones can luckily reach there and these three MUSKETEERS GIVE PERFECT CREDENCE TO THIS SAYING!
  • Kofi USA says:
    June 18, 2014 01:03 am
    Well said Emma. Klinsman used German blueprint to beat Ghana. He took away our strength: midfield. The way I see it, AA cannot over coach Germany coach, Germany will not allow us to walk the ball into the net, and Germany will win air crosses because they are taller than us. The solution is Kwadjo, Muntari, Anybody start firing bombs into the goal post. One or two will enter. Then all come back and play defense.
  • Prettytony says:
    June 18, 2014 01:11 am
    @theobanks,comment of the day.... Daniel Opare Addoquaye pappoe hahahaha
  • big boss says:
    June 18, 2014 01:24 am
    Am suspecting theobanks is selfmade! This is selfmade! But that was a great comments!
  • The truth says:
    June 17, 2014 10:38 pm
    How I wish we had 10 more players like Ayew. The rest are boneheaded and trash. Apart from muntari and maybe gyan, there was no sense of urgency from any of our players. Let's hope we win our next match and pray Portugal demolish USA
  • access says:
    June 17, 2014 10:55 pm
    Ghana must win...ghana vs germany....4-2-3-1 =================================Kwarasey================================= Essien===============Jonathan==============Boye=======================Muntari ===============Badu==========================================Afriyie======== Prince======================D.Ayew=====================================Kojo ==============================Gyan=======================================
  • Papa Addo says:
    June 17, 2014 10:58 pm
    lol Muntari at left back?