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2014 World Cup: Harrison Afful ready to meet heightened expectations following impressive debut

Published on: 24 June 2014
Harrison Afful was impressive against Germany

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana defender Harrison Afful believes he is ready to meet heightened expectations in his performance having excelled on his World Cup debut in the thrilling 2-2 draw with Germany.

The 27-year-old did not disappoint after being handed a starting role in the big game against the three-time winners last Saturday in Fortaleza.

Afful capped his impressive performance by providing the assist for Ghana's equalizer through Andre Ayew after Mario Goetze put Germany up.

The Esperance full back is now aware more will be expected of him and says he is ready to meet these heightened expectations.

“Now the expectations are high and I would want to do well to meet these expectations,” he told

Afful has been linked with a move away from his Tunisian club in the lead up to the World Cup.

French side Olympique Marseille have been mentioned as a potential destination for the ex Asante Kotoko loanee.

His performance against Germany will further enhance his CV towards making that expected big money move this summer.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Emma says:
    June 25, 2014 12:10 am
    Yes an expected Big money move, yet when they come back to play for the nation, they put the whole nation to ransom, and continue to ask for the Tax payer's money, even when they are losing.
  • banger says:
    June 25, 2014 12:27 am
    What is your problem Emma.Are you jealous?
  • Kpogas says:
    June 25, 2014 12:34 am
    In 2009 under 20 world cup final played in Egypt, a white referee red-carded a Ghanaian player in early minute in order to give way for the Brazilians to win that cup but God be so good, Ghanaians struggled n lifted it for this our continent( #Africa). Secondly, in 2006 world cup played in Germany, a white referee allowed the Brazilians again scored offside goals against Ghanaians wen they were abt to reach quarter finals and eliminated them. Moreover, In South 2010, Ghana was abt to reach Semi Finals and had a goal which a white refree disallowed and awarded Penalty when Suarez caught a ball behind a goal-line. And today too Cotèd'voir.....? What have we, Africans done FIFA? CAF should rise up cos we are no more under slavery and we will never be under slavery again too!
  • Assisi says:
    June 25, 2014 12:48 am
    If we look at what led to the penalty that made Ivory Coast lose the game against Greece, it shouldn't have been a penalty at all because it seems like Samaras actually stumbled near the Ivorian player. The Ivorian player didn't seem to have even touched him. But again injustice is always done blatantly to the African without any positive response from FIFA.
  • Houston says:
    June 25, 2014 01:33 am
    This dude was very delighted to watch. With that said, I still believe he can do more. I believe we are not out yet. There will be a miracle someway somehow to see us qualify for the round of 16. Mark my words!!!!!!! Go BlackStars! Go Ghana!! Go Africa!!!
  • selfmade says:
    June 25, 2014 03:36 am
    Yes I know that some people are eternal optimist and I applause them for that! As for me and myself, I know that it'll be easier for the camel to go thru the eye the needle than Ghana qualifying on Thursday! In 25the of june, 1982, in Spain, a similar scenario like the one that's happening in 2014 in group g occurred and common element there was Germany! Germany was supposed to beat Austria by three goals to nothing for them and Algeria to qualify but lo and behold, Germany took the lead within 10 mins and then the two team play like wife and husband! Germany failed to attack and they spend several mins passing the ball in their own third and they ll finally give the ball to the opposition who ll repeat the same tricks! Mind u, Algeria has beaten the then west Germany in their first match just like Ghana almost did in brazil! The Germans offended by what the Algerians did to them decided to punish them severily by collided with the austrains to fix the match! Fast forward to Thursday which is 25th of June 2014 and your guess is as good as mines! Germany just needs a draw to qualify and top the group whiles USA, the most powerful natiearth earth, needs just a draw to qualify alongside the Germans and not only that, throw in klinsman into the equation and the CALCULUS IS BALANCED! There is no way that Germany and the yanks wldnt collide to fix this match! Low has already stated that, his side needs just a point to qualify and hence he is not worried! Germany and USA ll never ever save Ghana and I know that we are out on Thursday unless the possible happens! Finally, our gfa president is making a big mistake that ll hurt Ghana on thursdays match! Britain, has the most powerful, vociferous MEDIA ON EARTH and I quiet remember against Uruguay when Suarez did the unthinkable, BBC stood behind Ghana! Even Uruguay coach pointed BBC as the media behind their bashing but DID I HEAR NYANTAKYI BRINGING THE THREE LIONS IN HIS MESS? Nyantakyi, should know that the Brits has nothing to do with his match fixing scandal and he better keep the three lions out of this! Am placing enough emphasis on this because if there are any media outlet that can keep FIFA on toes regarding Thursday matches in group g, then it has to be the BRITAIN MEDIA! They have a powerful voice and it ll be better for nyantakyi to deal with his own problems and not to offend them all! A word to the wise is .....
  • Steezy says:
    June 25, 2014 03:40 am
    All of you stupid idiots say Ghana will not advance. Look if you want to lick the your mothas anus like 9noni,jeff,that Zambian fool, chuckwa go ahead. Look, Ghana go smash Portugal and Germany go beat USA. And just like that we will advance. Appia may be idiot but the talent is too much oooo. Ghana ghana fight!
  • Just in Time says:
    June 25, 2014 05:40 am
    Only the blind and deaf will even think Ghana will go through. Africa hope lies with our bothers Nigeria and Algeria period. So let's put pride aside and cheer for them.
  • Leblue says:
    June 25, 2014 11:58 am
    Emma i don't agree with you, politicians do nothing for Ghana yet they steal from us on daily basis. I am firmly in support of their demands, they should demand for more.. Go on guys...
  • Leblue says:
    June 25, 2014 12:05 pm
    Emma i don't agree with you when you say players make more money yet they demand from the country anytime they feature in matches. Politicians do nothing for Ghana yet they steal and depletes our resources on daily basis. I am firmly in support of their demands, they should demand for more.. Go on guys...