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2014 World Cup: I let Dempsey go over fear of giving away a penalty, says Ghana defender John Boye

Published on: 18 June 2014
Ghana defender John Boye challenging USA’s Clint Dempsey for the ball

Ghana defender John Boye says he refrained from making a challenge on Clint Dempsey on his way to scoring the opener in the 2-1 loss to the USA on Monday night over fear of giving away a penalty and risking a sending off.

The American skipper danced his way through the Ghana defence and coolly slotted home under virtually no challenge under just one minute of the second Group G game at the 2014 World Cup in Natal.

The early lead stunned the Black Stars who had to dig very deep to pull even with just eight minute left to play through Andre Ayew.

USA however restored their lead moments later with debutant John Brooks heading in a corner kick to win his side’s first three points of the competition being held in Brazil.

Many however put Ghana’s shocking defeat to the USA down to the early concession which saw defender John Boye easily letting go off his marker to score the opener.

But the Stade Rennes man explains he couldn’t make a tackle for fear of giving away a penalty of even getting sent off.

“The ball had passed already so if I had done anything, I would have just kicked him,” he said.

“It was too early in the game and I didn’t want to give away a penalty kick so I had to let him go.”


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  • NII-BI says:
    June 18, 2014 05:11 pm
    @self made, i hope you are the original self made and not that good for nothing one. i think you are getting it all wrong this time. Boye least mistake could have attracted either yellow or red straight and penalty would have been given as well. So i totally agreed with him.
  • Capo di Capi says:
    June 18, 2014 06:34 pm
    Boye, what explanation do you have for the 2nd goal? You let Brooks whom you were marking in the box at the time of the corner-kick nodded the ball into the net without making a challenge. You just stood there motionless, blocking the view of Kwarasey. I warned about Note two days before the game.
  • Yaw says:
    June 18, 2014 08:43 am
    This helps define an experience & competent player in executing his role, in relating to the actual incident. You did not have to cause a penalty, in order to stop Dempsey.....come on John Boye!!! You can do better than this lame reason, in such a crucial game.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 18, 2014 08:46 am
    Boye was right. After all, someone was supposed to mark Dempsey before he entered the box. So it is good he allowed him to go. This is Karma. The same thing happened in 2010 when the US defender allowed Gyan to go.
  • Viper says:
    June 18, 2014 08:54 am
    John Boye is useless along with Jonathan Mensah.'Fear of giving away a penalty'?? What a plonker,all you needed to do was stand in his way and where will he go??? No where.Our defenders are not fit for the job and should be cut lose.Lets also get a competent coach in Silas Tetteh to take reigns.Fears of giving a penalty,bloody idiot then why are you a defender??????? You don't bloody let players through on goal.Thats the reason why you are a defender,you don't let players through on goal. Both the lateral and central defenders are not good enough and need to be replaced. Rashid Sumaila is a to class defender but due to his exuberance,he turns to make rush tackles but apart from that he is physically and mentally better than both Jonathan Mensah and John Boye.
  • CARTEL MAN says:
    June 18, 2014 09:11 am
    Hahahahahahaah when i watch Ghanaian players in action, i laugh out loud!!!!!!!!!! Ghana doesnt av football players but rugby players. In ur next match, u gonna play with 10 or 9players because ur boys are nothing but redcards-waiting-to-happen. Hahhahahahahaahahahha u aint gonna see a draw let alone a single win in dis tournament. Hope u'v all parked ur bags to vacate d Samba land as soon as u played ur last group match???????
  • prossybwoy says:
    June 18, 2014 09:18 am
    Which stinking country are u from,u foool.
  • 123 says:
    June 18, 2014 09:26 am
    lolz. we should allow the Americans to celebrate their victory.
  • Mr. Fufu says:
    June 18, 2014 09:44 am
    @viper, u know what?! u re really ignorant. U know nothing about football. Boye was right
  • ebeathar says:
    June 18, 2014 11:24 am
    This guy should just shut up. The sacred rule in defending is by denying the striker the space to shoot or cutting the angle that exposes your goal thus using body to direct striker away from a dangerous shooting point. Considering his role in the second goal, I definite think John Boye has an issue with positional discipline. This is the same reason why Mourinho has sold David Luiz.
  • Azanksal says:
    June 18, 2014 11:17 am
    Masa, the did you not watch the match? Depsey was in from of the man, how can he stand in front of him. That's how we also outpass other defenders before scoring. Accept defeat, re-stratagize and move on. Aba!!!
  • Pinkus says:
    June 18, 2014 12:36 pm
    Very foolish excuse. It is better to cause a penalty than to allow a free goal. Suarez showed us in the last world cup that when it is necessary, you can even catch the ball. Remember not all penalties are automatic goals. My simple advice is that Boye should be dropped and not allowed to start in the next match. Use Rashid Sumaila instead.
  • NAIJA says:
    June 18, 2014 12:38 pm
  • Boro says:
    June 18, 2014 12:34 pm
    First muntari could not close him down. Muntari was out paced by Dempsey who is even older than him Muntari. Secondly, Boye you were completely outwit in your 18 yard which i haven't seen happen to any defender yet. And you needed not to concede any red card before you recover after being dribbled. This was only the first goal, How about the second goal? Were afraid to mark him also? You were standing in front of him and allowed free header. Masa you were simply a flop and for me Sumaila will be better, he only needs to be talked to because Boye mistakes are just unpardonable. He is undecisive and that can result into late tackles. Late tackles in the 18 yard is definitely red card. So put him on the bench and start Sumaila, period!
  • PITO says:
    June 18, 2014 12:30 pm
    listen to your name ''Cartel man''. We will take your words seriously after the cocaine has left your system.
  • Cookes says:
    June 18, 2014 12:25 pm
    The lack of awareness from Boye is troubling. He could not read Dempsey's move. He should have closed the space when the ball was released to Dempsey and forced the American wide away from goal towards the flanks. That way, Boye would have been out of the penalty box. Dempsey said after the game that he was surprised by the amount of space he had to run at the Ghana defence.
  • Shakasare says:
    June 18, 2014 01:24 pm
    Infact u are a fool. Gyimii gyimii. Do u have to get raid of the ball or attack de player. Learn ur trade.waste of money
  • selfmade says:
    June 18, 2014 01:10 pm
    One of the most useless defenders Ghana has ever produced! I don't see anything special about this guy anyway! I know that in football, tall, lanky defenders are mostly not good on the ground but are so good in air but contrarily to this known trend, our man is also USELESS IN AIR and pathetic on the ground! He is Ghana tallest defender at the back but am yet to see him clear air balls! So what's his contribution to our game anyway!! U are not good in the air and u sucks on the ground too so what exactly does he do in our games! Zambia score a similar goal against in the CAN when he and inkoom combined to bring us down in the same area just as it happened in the USA match! This time inkoom was lucky to be spare and DANIEL OPARE ADDOQUAYE PAPPOE took over from him! Whiles powerful tall defenders are blasting in goals from set pieces, our lanky man always runs for corners but is always USELESS IN AIR! Man, this guy SUCKS big time and he continues to be a liability to our defence!! Where was he when Brooks scored the winner! The tallest person should pick up the tallest player but this good for nothing defender is always lost and has no awareness whatsoever!! Is about time we find competent defenders who are fearless and not this p....ssy!
  • brafii27@ says:
    June 18, 2014 10:15 am
    ghana’s only problem is the lack of tactical knowledge of the coach,how can u place ur most creative force”k.asamoah” in defense n place ur most experience players on the bench thinking of the americans getting tired b4 bringing them on. what of if wen they return on the pitch n de team is down like what happened on monday. personally dont think we can make it this time around cos we lost a game we shouldnt av lost due to wrong selection n technical bankruptcy of our coach.we’v complicated things for ourselves. only luck will take us through.
  • vinci says:
    June 18, 2014 01:35 pm
    hahahahahahahahahaahhahahahhahhahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahah Argentinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa AND BOSNIA
  • Yaw says:
    June 18, 2014 01:28 pm
    "Kwabena, Azanksal, & Mr. fufu", I think your comments here shows that of people who have very little understanding of being a player, & the role you play in any given position. How can you guys even argue about the very strange reason given by John Boye? His role was to "DEFEND", & he failed to do so, by allowing the Americans a very cheap goal against us. If you understand how to play this game, you might agree that Boye only needed simple TIMING. It was not even a dribble by the opposing player, IT WAS A TINY BODY SWERVE that Boye mis-timed. That move SHOULD NOT BEAT ANY CLASS OR EXPERIENCED DEFENDER, no way!!!!
  • KojoLee says:
    June 18, 2014 10:10 am
    I think, it is better for all the Black Star team officials, team players cum all those accompanied them to just SHUT UP for God sake and concentrate on the task ahead of them. Germany and Portugal are the major thing they should talk about at camp and stop explaining this or that to the masses.
  • vinci says:
    June 18, 2014 11:07 am
    cartel man that is a foolish thing to say for a man who claims to know football, never seen a rugby team qualifying for the best tournament in the world. Qualifying alone makes us one of the best in world.big headed foooooooooooool
  • Kofi USA says:
    June 18, 2014 08:08 pm
    There lies the stupidity in selecting JUST ANY foreign-based player over quality proven local CHAN players.
  • Evandovich says:
    June 18, 2014 09:35 pm
    Guys is all ok. I think Boye has heard u. But frankly some of u make misguided comments,, full of insults and naughty statement. All I can say is identify what the real problem is and find solutions to it. Come what may, we live to see what comes up on Saturday and pray they get he gets his acts together. Have u guys jux forgotten so soon what this Boye guy has done for us. Pls hold on your fire. Ghana will certainly do well