By Rahman Osman
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Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is at variance with head coach Kwesi Appiah saying he deserved to start in Mondayâ€™s 2014 FIFA World Cup clash against USA.
Boateng admitted he was surprised to be left out of the starting line-up in their 2-1 defeat in Natal in their Group G opener.
He came on in the 59thÂ minute to replace Jordan Ayew and helped the Black Stars level the scoring through Andre Ayew on 82 minutes.
But Ghana were undone by a late John Brooks header after 86 minutes to hand the Yanks their first ever win over Ghana in international football.
â€œI am surprised I did not start yes. I know that you always start with your strong team but may be the Coach had a different idea,â€ the Schalke 04 playmaker told the media after the match.
Boateng is expected to start in Ghana next match against Germany-his country of birth-on Friday.
Ghana must win that match or face early elimination from the tournament.