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2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng wants to be Black Stars playmaker

Published on: 20 May 2014
Kevin-Prince Boateng is a playmaker at German side Schalke

Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng says he wants coach Kwesi Appiah to make him the Black Stars play-maker at the World Cup allowing him to be the creative person behind the strikers.

Boateng, who plays for German side Schalke, has been used in several positions since making his decision to play for Ghana instead of his country of birth Germany.

He was played on the right win during the 2010 World Cup but has since been used as a striker in some matches since his return from the self-imposed international exile.

Boateng was named in the Ghana squad for the Brazil tournament as a striker but he says he wants to be made the Black Stars play-maker and think coach Appiah agrees.

"I hope (I play) behind the forwards," said Kevin-Prince Boateng who plays in a similar position for German side Schalke.

"I believe that's where the coach sees me. We have two strong defensive midfielders with [Michael] Essien and [Sulley] Muntari. I hope I can play on my favourite position where I can act freely."



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  • na kwame says:
    May 21, 2014 04:48 pm
    people please stop doing your own selection..... this sounds very ....... why not leave the coach do his work.. talking about kwadjo asamoah and kevin ..which of them becoming the better play maker... please ask your selves which of them can score or make a difference at anytime if our strikers dont klick???? dont we sometimes miss goals or we dont even get goals most of the times...we need someone who can make these difference and put smile on our faces if our goal getters get too policed.. we should be very careful.. is not who plays better is who is dangerous and eager ... mostly who scores from every angel... you guys know the answer,, jah bless black stars
  • Rokavilla says:
    May 20, 2014 09:27 pm
    Naa Kwadwo wi rather play on de wings so de wi be speed on de flanks. I fnk it shud be Rabiu/Badu n Muntari in de middle,Dede n Asamoah on de flanks den Kevin behind Gyan upfront.
  • chef says:
    May 20, 2014 09:26 pm
    You guys r hypocrite. how many games did badu or rabiu play. Rabiu just returned from long injury n badu has been inconsistent mainly due to injury. Essien n Munturi r the best players we have in DM role. Make no mistake its not easy getting to Chelsea team. We all saw his worth when he played first leg vs Egypt. He wasn't playing much at the time. Ghanaians shld wake up n do their homework on all our players before we stop talking. Lets all allow the coach to do his job. Jay bless
  • Rokavilla says:
    May 20, 2014 08:58 pm
    How can dat be possible, unless we play one top, den he will be de second striker n can do dat. It wi be difficult to drop Warris. I always say Warris can play on de ryt but we dont try him der.With this squad 1st eleven wi be difficult to pick.Wi u drop Essien n Muntari(das a bold step) or Asamoah(dat cant hapin).Kwasi we are watchn u.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    May 20, 2014 09:01 pm
    I don't know about that KPB. Kwadwo Asamoah usually plays that role. Unless the coach plays Kwadwo on the left wing, you will have to manage playing on the right wing as 7 so the coach can keep Asamoah in the middle.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    May 20, 2014 09:04 pm
    You will have to play on the right and interchange with Dede on the left. As for Sulley and Essen, the coach will have to drop one to make room for Agyemang Badu or Rabiu.
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 20, 2014 09:21 pm
    This one hard oo..but looks like sulley has to be sacrificed to the bench like South Africa 2010.with Essien's form,i don't think he is going anywhere.we will have to push dede to the right.sigh! So many left footed players in our team.Nawaooo...then Agyeman Badu,Afriyie Aquah,Wakaso,Rabiu or whoever qualifies take command of the defensive midfield.whiles kevin plays behind Gyan and Waris..I don't really buy the idea of Akwasi Appiah wanting to play kevin upfront as a striker.
  • Kyeremeh Emmanuel says:
    May 20, 2014 09:24 pm
    K P Boateng decition is vr rite
  • Mr Akrofi says:
    May 23, 2014 02:29 am
    Pls Brother kwasi Appiah sit up ok do ur job (ye nee wohobeto wo) entie obiaa asem
  • wilson says:
    May 21, 2014 09:02 am
    chef you sound considerably convincing. hitherto I have never been convinced of sule's defensive midfield duties mainly because of his too many long passes, too many high balls and too reckless tackles but you have made a very strong case here difficult not to appreciate. I think kwesi would have to abandon his two strikers strategy & allow kpb to play behind either djan or warris but not both.
  • Astor says:
    May 21, 2014 06:39 am
    Whichever formation the coach decides to use should depend on what team we play against. For instance I wouldn't suggest an attacking formation like 442 or 433 against a team like Germany. We should have a game plan for each and every match. So depending on what formation the coach uses a player cannot choose which position suits him best or expect to play that role all the time apart from the more stable defensive and wing roles.
  • Boadi Samuel(Kitos) says:
    May 21, 2014 07:36 am
    I think Kelvin Prince Boateng cannot dictate for Akwasi Appiah if he wanted to play as a playmaker he shouldn't let Ghanaians to beg him before playing for ghana. How can we bench Kwadwo Asamoah for him(Kelvin) to be the playmaker. Tweeeeeeeeeeaaaaa.
  • Rahim sumba says:
    May 21, 2014 07:40 am
    good think bro. I respect & God bless u 4 this
  • Don Dominic says:
    May 21, 2014 08:03 am
    @adebayor. I Like Your Selection But AA has a big problem: so many talent in the midfield. droping Essien or Muntari will not be easy. but if AA Plays 4 3 1 2 Which i think will be one of the best formation for us, then one of them will sacrifice. GOOD LUCK GHANA.
  • Ras O says:
    May 21, 2014 06:07 am
    Nuff coach dem, yuh mus giv Akwesi Appiah rum fi operate. Anyweh democray a run tins tideh so yuh hav di pawa fi mek big chat. Jah guide
  • jb says:
    May 21, 2014 05:34 am
    World cup is for experience players man, some players people are calling struggle to make impact at nation cup let alone the world cup..we need Ess and Mun.
  • royal says:
    May 21, 2014 03:22 am
  • royal says:
    May 21, 2014 03:47 am
    Assemblyman!!! I don't agree with you. you think players like RABIU, WAKASO.INKOOM are good then M. ESSIEN? if he even didn't attend the training when he was fixed in matche he will play better then most of the players and we know if ESSIEN put on the black star jersey what he can do for the team. peace-shalom.
  • royal says:
    May 21, 2014 03:54 am
  • Adebayo says:
    May 21, 2014 02:51 am
    If we have a capable coach, the best formation for Ghana is a 4-3-1-2 as suggested by KPB: Kwarasay, Opare, Boye, Mensah and Schlupp; Ayew, Muntari and Kwadwo Asamoah; KPB; Gyan an Waris
  • A concerned citizen says:
    May 21, 2014 02:30 am
    Watch this...............1, Kwarasey 2.Inkoom......4J. Mensah.......5.J. Boye.......3. Afful 8.KPBoateng.................6. Essien 7.Accam..............9. Gyan.............10. Andre.........11.Asamoah
  • NANA YAW says:
    May 20, 2014 11:45 pm
    Akwasi Appiah's selection will make Me know if he's tactical enough, been waiting for such moment to come. I know he is going to use the friendlies to determine how the black stars will play in Brazil.
  • Askantwi says:
    May 20, 2014 11:33 pm
    This man does not get to choose what he wants. That's Kwadwo Asamoah's role, and he is more creative than him. He thinks he can come in anytime he wants and do whatever he likes. Appiah need to drop him now before it is too late.
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    May 20, 2014 10:07 pm
    Well that's why we have friendlies, we have two friendlies coming up,i hope the coach makes good use of these games, winning this friendlies is not a priority, getting our players at the right positions is the goal for this friendlies, When we get the Right spots for the Right Players then we can focus on winning in Brazil..word to the wise,
  • papa says:
    May 20, 2014 10:09 pm
    I think these first 11 will do. kwarasey- no1, afful- rightback, shoulp- leftback, akaminko n mensah- central, badu n asamoah- holding midfielders, dede- rightwing, Kelvin- leftwing, gyan- supporting striker n waris- lead striker. subs: arquah or muntary for badu, atsu or wakasu for Kelvin/waris, n inkoom or opare for afful.
  • Paul says:
    May 20, 2014 10:16 pm
    Asem aba! Our player should kindly allow the coach to do his work. He knows where to position them to achieve results
  • Ijahman says:
    May 20, 2014 11:02 pm
    1. Kwarasey 2. Afful 3. Schlupp 4. Essien 5. Boye 6. K.Asamoah 7. Dede 8. Kevin 9. Gyan 10. Warris 11. Muntari Boye will play central defense with Essien right in front of him but behind the center circle. That means Essien will help both the defence and the midfield. Asamoah will be in front of Essien but will be behind Kevin. That means Asamoah will be playing central midfield with the help of Muntari on the left and Dede on the right with Essien behind him. Kevin will also help in mudfield but will also be feeding the balls to Warris and Gyan as he will be playing behind them.
  • leon says:
    May 20, 2014 11:05 pm
    Kwarasey Akaminko Boye Jonathan Opare Schlupp Muntari KPB Kwadjo Atsu Dede Gyan THIS IS A WINNING FORMULA
  • chef says:
    May 20, 2014 09:53 pm
    You guys are all hypocrites. The best DMs we have at the moment are Essien and Muntari based on experienced. Badu season have been inconsistent mainly due to injury. Rabiu was lucky to be included in the 26 cos he recently returned from injury n thus short of fit fitness. How many games did Essien play before that game in Accra vs Egypt. Essien n Munturi have played the game at the highest level and are still good. You cant compare playing in Russia or lower league teams to the Elite teams(i.e Chelsea, Man city, Milan, Barca). I can understand they r both a step slower due to their age. But you dont step to speed to play DM role. How fast is Mikel or better yet Clude Mekelele(in his days). Lets all show some respect to our best and experienced players and allow the Coach to do his best. Jay Bless
  • Benito says:
    May 20, 2014 11:12 pm
    You can't dictate to the coach,you refused to come down with a flimsy excuse of a doctor,s appointment.let's pray that the coach does the right by playing players where suitable,I think kwadwo asamoah can be better play maker than kpb
  • Emmanuel says:
    May 21, 2014 12:43 pm
    The best team the black stars must always include the midfielders, essien, muntari and kwadwo