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2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan expects tough USA in Brazil

Published on: 09 May 2014
Anthony Annan

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Schalke 04 midfielder Anthony Annan believes Ghana’s World Cup opener against the United States of America on 16 June will be a herculean task for the Black Stars.

This will be their third meeting in the history of the tournament after Ghana won all two previous encounters in Germany and South Africa.

The stakes are high this time round with the Stars and Stripes being boosted by former Germany international and coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Annan admits the Black Stars must dig deep to record a hat-trick of wins over a determined US side in Natal.

“Each team goes to the World Cup based on its strength so every game will be tough,” Annan told

“But the game against the US will be tough because we have beaten them in the past and because it is the first game of the group.

“We will have to be at our best if we are beat them, I cannot remember the last time a team beat a country three times on the go in a World Cup.

“We have a good team and I believe we will shine above all teams but I am not down grading any game, for me the toughest game will be the first one and if we get into the winning mood then we are good to go.”

Annan is widely speculated to make the Ghana’s squad to Brazil despite struggling for playing time this season at the Bundesliga outfit.



This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • sam va says:
    May 09, 2014 11:40 am
    This guy is taking as if he has one foot in Brazil already. Anyway good luck to the black stars.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 09, 2014 09:29 am
  • Ghana man says:
    May 10, 2014 01:16 am
    Kingston needs a call-up AA,we need to fuse the young with the experienced.
  • A cool guy says:
    May 09, 2014 04:43 pm
    This guy struggled at club level so it will be difficult for him to make it to brazil 2014
  • OLUSCO says:
    May 10, 2014 05:38 pm
    It is really going to be tough but we hope and pray for the Black Stars so that they can put up their best and score them at least 3 - 0 as they did to Egypt.
  • Thesalonika says:
    May 12, 2014 09:04 am
    If you know the game of football very well, you will not ignore a player like Anthony Annan in the Black Stars' squad. With all the other midfielders many have been touting, Annan will surely rise above all of them, trust me.