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2014 World Cup: Harrison Afful not sure of Ghana starting place despite impressing in thrilling Germany draw

Published on: 23 June 2014
Harrison Afful impressed in the draw with Germany

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana defender Harrison Afful insists he is not assured of a starting place in the Black Stars despite excelling on his World Cup debut in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Germany.

The 27-year-old impressed at right-back and provided the assist to Ghana's equalizer in last Saturday's clash with the European giants in Fortaleza.

Afful convinced through his performance against the Germans he deserves to start for the Black Stars in coming games.

His appreciable level of defending coupled with his ability to provide an extra attacking outlet going forward has endeared him to many soccer fans.

But the Esperance defender is adamant he is yet to be guaranteed a starting place.

“Everything depends on the coach,” he told

“Though I have done well, I cannot say for sure I have to play every game.

“If the coach wants me to play, fine, if he doesn't, I will keep supporting the team.”

Afful was one of the three changes made from Ghana's line up in their opening defeat to the USA for the game against Germany.

The others include Fatawu Dauda and Kevin-Prince Boateng.


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  • PAPA says:
    June 23, 2014 10:44 pm
    i think opare shud play. at left back. may be not at the start but we need to move k.asamoah further up the pitch. we can start with essien or badu instead of muntari. once we r settled, open the taps, bring opare for essien, and bring on waris in for kpb. then last sub depends on how the game is going.
  • Mumbi says:
    June 23, 2014 12:37 pm
    Harrison Afful should pave way 4 Rebbeca Boateng to start as a right back while NANA KWAKU BONSAM should man the goal posts. Abedi Pele should lead the attack alongside Peggy Appiah & John Draman Mahama should partner Kwado Asamoah as defensive mid fielders. With those beautiful changes to the starting line-up, Ghana will thrash Portugal By 9-0.
  • PITO says:
    June 23, 2014 01:56 pm
    Portugal Defense is bad. WE NEED TO PLAY 2 STRIKERS IN THIS GAME. WARRIS AND GYAN. And we need GOALS! Ghana 5 Portugal 0 Lets attack them right from the blow of the whistle and their defense will crumble like pastry. Do not go into the game with caution. That will give the Portuguese a bit of confidence. LETS Hit them HARD with more men in their box looking for Goals right from the blow of the whistle. Portugal can crumble easily. A As Usual start Kevin! and only bring in Jordan when the need arises. Start Essien pairing with Rabiu because we need experience in the absence of Sulley. IF Akwasi Appiah tells the players to Go for it, the result will surprise the world. Defenders should be alert on aerial ball threats. Germany vs USA either Germany or USA will score a late goal.
  • woodini says:
    June 23, 2014 05:34 pm
    If Appiah does not use Afful, then for God sake,ahh I don't know what to say. Bring back Opare will be disaster again. The guy had no confidence cos he is not used to the big stage. Appiah should go to the Portugal match with the mind set to attack and attack and retreating back quickly to defend if they lose the ball. They players need high energy level and stamina to do this. Ghana can thrash Portugal as they did to Egypt. Good selection is the key.Attacking formation is the option. Warris and Gyan should lead the attack. They did it against Zambia and Egypt, why not Portugal. The back line should be afful at the left and inkoom at the the right. I will maintain Boye and mensah as central defenders because they improved against the Germans. At the wings I would deplore KASA at the left to support Afful in defence and also attack and can cut in to shoot at goal. He did it against the Zambians and scored a wonderful goal. On the right I will deplore Dede Ayew to again attack and assist inkoom to defend if they lose the ball. Dede will also cut in the middle to shoot at goal and also expect some crosses from inkoom to head the ball as Afful did at the germans and dede got a goal from that. In central midfield, I will deplore a hard and robust defensive midfielder to cover the central defenders and do the dirty work to cut the supply lines of the Portuguese. Maybe Essien? can do that work. I will need a holding midfielder to control the game in the middle to also a supply line for Gyan and Warris. Boateng can play this role. He played this role in South Africa 2010 world cup and he was good and scored against the US. This is a evidence base formation because that Appiah should use. I will not expect Appiah to come out with any strange formation as he used against the US that cause our defeat. I expect Appiah to reflect back and identity what had worked for him and use it to thrash the Portuguese. Finally, Appiah remember the formation that he used to thrash the Eqyptians. No more experiment. USE EVIDENCE BASED FORMATION.
  • hamza boban says:
    June 23, 2014 06:23 pm
    akwesi appiay should play at the left back n give max the chance to coach though he is also a stupid failure bcos we saw it here in south africa in january bt lets try him again.