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2014 World Cup: Ghana will remain cautious against Portugal despite the need for goals - Maxwell Konadu

Published on: 23 June 2014
Ghana need to rain in goals on Portugal to brighten qualification chances

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana's assistant coach Maxwell Konadu says the Black Stars will remain cautious against Portugal in their final group game despite the need for goals to help the team progress at the 2014 World Cup.

Ghana are in with a slim chance of progressing in the tournament being staged in Brazil but must first do their part by getting a comprehensive win over Portugal in the final Group G game on Thursday.

The Black Stars will then have to rely on a Germany win over the USA in the group's other game which will be played simultaneously in Manaus.

But Ghana's assistant coach Maxwell Konadu insists the Black Stars will not deploy an all-attacking onslaught that will leave their rear exposed against the Portuguese.

“We will do everything possible to win the game against Portugal,” he said at a press conference at the team's base in Maceio.

“We will not go all attacking and leave our back open.

“We don't have to forget that they are still a formidable side. We will approach this game with caution.

“We are not thinking about scoring five or six goals if we haven't got the first goal.”

Ghana has just a single point after two round of matches in Group G of the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars will definitely crash out of the tournament for the first time in World Cup history once they fail to beat Portugal on Thursday in Brasilia.


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • the truth says:
    June 23, 2014 11:13 pm
    Dauda all the way!!!!!!!! He is the finest goal keeper in our squad whether you like it or not. Adam had his chance, it's Dauda's time
  • mikron says:
    June 25, 2014 01:11 am
    hahahaha the ronaldo they stupidly think is the only talisman in the Portuguese team will be their nemesis, they thought they injured Ronaldo and thought he will not be fit to face them (ghana) but thy are wrong, ronaldo will single handedly destroy ghana. juju team. portugal 3-0 ghana
  • Benito says:
    June 23, 2014 11:33 pm
    Navy seal and peewee,stop displaying your naivety on this forum,we all saw dauda,s performance and kwarasey,s.the later doesn't communicate effectively with the defense.we don't want distracters and backward people make us lose our focus,we don't live in the past.
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 23, 2014 09:10 pm
    A 3-5-2 formation will do the trick. You have more midfielders on the squad, why not play to your strength? Afful on left full back, Inkoom on right full back and Sumaila at center full back. Use 5 midfielders, Kwadwo Asamoah, Dede, Essien, KPB and Atsu. The forwards should be Gyan and Waris. The midfielders can track back and help with the defense when the ball is lost. Are the Coaching and technical team afraid to win? It seems you are doing everything to sabotage the team from winning. Why play KPB as striker when he has come out and said no? Why deploy Kwadwo Asamoah at left full back when he has come out and said no? Why use Afful at right full back when Inkoom is the genuine right back and Afful has been playing left full all throughout qualifying? Finally why play Jordan at striker when the starter is Waris before his injury and he is now healthy and rearing to go? Are you trying to lose and knock Ghana out on purpose? If not then use the right players in the right positions and win against Portugal so the Black Stars can move on. It seems as if the players want to win but the Coaching is doing everything to hold them back.
  • Boro says:
    June 23, 2014 09:15 pm
    The Potuguese too have lateral defense problem. We can also exploit Pepe's lack of pace and his temperament. They have only one man Meireles who seems to control the midfield. Their only threats are Nani and half fit Ronaldo operating on the flanks of attack. Their goalkeeper struggles with ground shots.
  • Navy seal USA says:
    June 23, 2014 09:20 pm
    AA and his technical bench have managed the black stars badly.Nepotism ,favouritism is what AA does best.I watched Kwarasey's interview after Ghana,Germany game.What the guy said made me loose every respect for AA and can't wait to see him get the sack for a decent person to take over who will choose players on merit. ' Kwarasey said l am very disappointed because l have to be a super keeper to get game time.' What did Dauda did differently? I cant stand hypocrites and AA is a typical one.quit Kwarasey and let AA use his Dauda.
  • PeeWee says:
    June 23, 2014 09:31 pm
    African teams lack self belief, and basic intelligence. Once they take the lead they capitulate, and allow the opposition to hit them back. They need psychologists on the teams to help them work on this lack of confidence. A typical example is Cameroon tied Brazil 1-1, but then lost their guard and allowed Brazil to hit 2 more goals past them in quick succession.
  • Gagool says:
    June 23, 2014 09:34 pm
    Portugal 3 Ghana 1 Ronaldo will score the goals.
  • PeeWee says:
    June 23, 2014 09:50 pm
    @Navy seal, I couldn't I agree with you more. Nepotism, favouritism, and cronyism is what is killing Africa...every aspect of our lives is dominated by this canker. I still don't understand why Kwarasey was benched for Dauda who also conceded 2 goals against Germany. No wonder most people don't trust indigenous coaches when comes to the national teams.
  • Boro says:
    June 24, 2014 12:15 am
    Hmmmmmm! I pity Kwarasey because we all advocated for him but seems not to have done anything about what his critics say about him. They say he does not communicate well with his defenders. Another point is that he has not got luck, that is, he may do all the wonderful safes yet the BS will end up as losers. We all know luck is also one of the ingredients to win matches. It appears his crtitics are right which is quiet unfortunate. Meanwhile I see Dauda organising his defence only when the camera is on him. Sometimes such is life ooo. Someone you are better than in terms of job can still be your boss.
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 03:40 am
    My bro.boro how can you say that?"Dauda organizes his defense only when the camera is on him"?...this will he whether the camera is on him?????? With all due respect even a two years old won't say that.aba!!
  • Boro says:
    June 24, 2014 05:18 am
    Anyway you appear to give me respect but at the same time insult me. However i am going to answer you without insulting you back. There is always big screen fixed in most of these stadia so players can check some actions whenever the play stops. They sometimes ask refrees to check when they identify a recap on these screen for disputed infringement. Some players and coaches use that for their actions especially when there is abrupt stop of the game. I have seen Dauda watching himself and at the same time pretending to be telling his defenders what to do because he knows the camera is on him.
  • Papa Appiah says:
    June 24, 2014 06:32 am
    Does this mean we were cautious in the first two games and yet conceded two goals on each? How many goals would we concede if we were not. You cannot continue to leak goals and hope to do well in top class competitions.
  • woodini says:
    June 24, 2014 12:07 pm
    If Dauda is best at organising defence, why did Ghana concede a cheap goal from corner kick against the Germans. Why didn't he tell KASA to defend the far post where the German hitman tap the ball into the net. That goal is preventable.KASA is a short man compared to the rather tall Germans. There is no way he could compete with aerial balls in the box. The best he could do is to guard the post and clear goal bound balls.Dauda is the one who has to shout at him or remind him because KASA is not a defender and hence always lose his concentration during set pieces. Watch all the cornekicks Ghana concede and note his position. Both Keepers conceded two goals and to be honest Dauda did not make any spectacular save in the Germany game. All the balls he saved are dead balls. The defence is more organised in the German game than the US and Kwarasey is more exposed.Just look at the first goal Ghana conceded against the US??? can you see it is Kwaraseys ' fault???? It is the fault of Opare and Boye. We should be objective. Kwarasey and Dauda are different characters. The former is calm in post and the latter is aggressive. Aggressiveness in post do not make someone a good keeper.