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2014 World Cup: Veteran coach Afranie says Ghana's hopes hinge on striker Asamoah Gyan

Published on: 14 May 2014
Asamoah Gyan

By Rahman Osman

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Ex-Black Stars coach E.K Afranie says captain Asamoah Gyan holds the keys to Ghana’s successful campaign at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

Gyan was top scorer in the African qualification series and has a total 39 goals in 77 appearances.

The Al Ain striker won his third straight Arabian Gulf League goal king this term with 29 goals and leads the scorers chart in the Asian Champions League with 10 goals.

Afranie believes Gyan, who has scored four goals in eight World Cup matches, will be Ghana’s weapon of destruction in Brazil.

“Asamoah will be key. If he gets a good tournament we are good but if not we will have a problem,” Afranie told

“He is a player I have watched grow with so much pride and he should take this World Cup as an opportunity to write his name finally into history books of Ghana football.”

Asamoah had a bittersweet campaign at the 2010 finals in South Africa when his extra-time goal sent Ghana through to the quarter-final in the 2-1 win over USA.

But he smashed a last-minute penalty against goal post against Uruguay which could have sent them into the semi-finals.


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • Godsaves says:
    May 15, 2014 11:09 am
    Building a team around a particular player could be disastrous, taking Barcelona as a case study...I believe the Ghanian coach knows what he is doing. One thing I admire about Ghanaian players is their never-say-die attitude...wishing you guys all the best at the mundial brothers.....
  • Viper says:
    May 15, 2014 09:12 am
    Emmalot,you are an idiot,that is the reason why Asamoah Gyan has four world cup goals in eight matches and Ronaldo two in as many matches,kwasia.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 15, 2014 09:04 am
    I think we will be fine because unlike the past when he's our go to guy, but the combination of him and waris or accam at the moment will be a daunting task for any opponent to contain..
  • wilson says:
    May 15, 2014 08:55 am
    excellently put.
  • wilson says:
    May 15, 2014 08:52 am
    well said; not forgetting the player has selfish tendencies sometimes. The problem with ghana football coaches is that apart from CK, Sir Cecil, Osam, Herbert Addo, Ibrahim Sunday, Malik Jabir, all the other senior coaches achieved laurels at under age competitions where they took smallish, short but old players to achieve some success.
  • wilson says:
    May 15, 2014 08:46 am
    will he play as a team player? will he & others like dede, warris, & badu put the team first?
  • Benny says:
    May 14, 2014 09:43 pm
    Nonsense Gyan has always been like a roller coaster .He takes us up and down.Our success will test on team spirit ,not on Gyan.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    May 14, 2014 09:58 pm
    Gyan is not that type of player. He wants to be left alone without any pressure. When all the pressure is on Gyan he disappoints. For Ghana to do well Gyan should rather play the role of a distinguished and generous captain. He should score but also assist others to score. Gyan should bear in mind that he will be marked by our opponents so his greatest asset would be to free others to score. Ghana did very well against Egypt because Gyan was not the only one who was supposed to score. Thanks to the return of other established players like KPG, Agyeman Badu, K. Asamoah, Muntari and Essien: these guys will score in a heart beat. (There is also Atsu, Waris and Accam) Ghana needs a couple of set-piece specialists. We also suck at penalties......geeez we really suck at penalties. Practice creates confidence!
  • Emmalot says:
    May 14, 2014 10:17 pm
    Shakes my head 5 times 4 Ghana.Imagine him vs Ronaldo.Laughs with watery eyes and storms out... ...................
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    May 14, 2014 10:34 pm
    Somebody needs a new car from one of the players, now that Paintsil was not selected! Very unfortunate for a former national coach to talk like that! Football thrives when the players play as a team!Assuming Asamoah Gyan were to get injured now (May God forbid. !) would mr Afranie give Ghana any chance at all?? Come to think of this, this man once coached the national team, Black stars!!!
  • Blow says:
    May 14, 2014 11:13 pm
    No need for any unguarded and unnecessary pressure on Gyan. Akwesi better look for other alternatives because Gyan will be the target for most teams especially the USA.
  • Ghanaba says:
    May 14, 2014 07:45 pm
    Our success at the woldcup cannot be hinged on one player. Not overlooking the fact that exceptional players can win tournaments, GYAN is not in that class. Ghana has always triumphed when our midfielders play well. A good tourney for Gyan will be an added advantage though, but not the decider for us.
  • osectec says:
    May 14, 2014 07:15 pm
    Then we are dead , since Gyan can sometimes be inconsistent.
  • Benito says:
    May 15, 2014 12:08 am
    I'm surprised Mr. afranie of all people will make such comments bringing unnecessary pressure on gyan,all of our midfielders are capable of scoring not downplaying gyan,s quality though.