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African legends Kalusha Bwalya, Sammy Kuffour, Okocha praise Ghana

Published on: 22 June 2014
Ghana's squad that faced Germany.

Ghana have received nothing but praise for their excellent performance in the 2-2 draw with Germany. Here are the views of Jay Jay Okocha, Kalusha Bwalya, Sammy Kuffour and more…

Kalusha Bwalya (Zambian legend)

“This will go down as one of the best games of this World Cup and even the history of the World Cup. Neither side deserved to lose the game.

“Technically it was a very high level today, from both teams. I thought Sulley Muntari had a blinder, a fantastic game. All around though I think everyone did their best. Ghana played with patience against a very good German side.

“Muntari’s pass to create the second Ghana goal was fantastic. A wonderful ball and a top finish by Asamoah Gyan.”

Ernst Middendorp (Former Arminia Bielefeld and Asante Kotoko coach)

“A high pace game that would have been enjoyed by the supporters and both teams really went for the three points. Nobody wanted to settle for a draw and it was open right to the end.

“I think there were some moments where I thought Germany could have gone 3-2 down. Ghana definitely had their chances to take the three points.”

Sammy Kuffour (Former Ghana defender)

“I am very proud of my boys tonight. The whole continent of Africa should be applauding. It was a great game.

“I have said it before that Andre Ayew (first goal scorer for Ghana) does not depend on his father’s name (Abedi Pele Ayew, former Ghana great). He is out to build his own name and he continues to do that.

“I am really happy with the performance from the whole team. Even the coach. He had to prove a point after the first game when Ghana lost to USA. Ghana went a goal down and came back to equalise and go ahead, which is credit to the coach and the players.”

Shaun Bartlett (Former South Africa striker)

“We knew there was going to be a lot of goals because both teams have so many attacking players. You needed your big name players to rise up tonight and that is just what happened. Gyan took his goal well, Muntari made the goal and Ayew got the equaliser, so Ghana’s stars did the business.”

Jay Jay Okocha (Nigeria legend)

“As African teams, we can match the best players in the world when it comes to talent and ability. But it is all about the attitude and sometimes our teams let themselves down in this area.

“But tonight Ghana represented themselves very well and the continent will be happy. The attitude was fantastic.”

*The former players and Middendorp were commenting on SuperSport TV


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • Papa says:
    June 22, 2014 09:11 am
    Bravo Ghana! What an incredible effort. Much love and respect from Zambia.
  • goodnews says:
    June 22, 2014 09:21 am
    Ghana u people make africa proud. We in nigeria r in grt support. Pls win ur next game pls. Let go africa
  • Mumbi says:
    June 22, 2014 09:23 am
    JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA will soon reward NANA KWAKU BONSAM for his input in BD's team.
  • fred says:
    June 22, 2014 09:24 am
    If you have good material,when they are used u will hve good result,godoes to Kwasi Appiah & the team
  • prınce opare says:
    June 22, 2014 09:49 am
    Wıth the rıght attıtude Afrıcan teams can go places. Go black stars!
  • Benny says:
    June 22, 2014 09:59 am
    Africa without Ghana is like fufu without soup.I am not surprised every African wish they are Ghanaians.We see them troop on GSN to unveil their frustration of not being Ghanaians.There is nothing in the past but how l wish,we played with the same determination against USA. Go go Portugal tonight ,beat USA and We will best you on Thursday .
  • CAP'N PLANET says:
    June 22, 2014 10:14 am
    And what did that ape,Gerald Asamoah say?Actually,he is a hybrid of a donkey and a monkey,found domonkey!
  • DOGO says:
    June 22, 2014 10:19 am
    I cannot fathom how CR7 will go out of the tornament without a win for his country. Knowing very well that his chances with Ghana is very slim, he will kill himself to win decisively against the United States today. A win by portugal today is my only hope.
  • OGYA says:
    June 22, 2014 10:53 am
    Ghana, Ghana, Ghana. This is one game I will love to see over and over again. At this time I will applaud Akwesi Appiah for improving his coaching abilities in this game. We could have easily won this game were it not for some childish plays by Jordan Ayew and some defensive lapses. This is the kind of blueprint Ghana ought to be using from now on. We are different in soccer. We eat, sleep and drink this game. We export a lot of capable players to the world than any other African country, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. We made a mistake in our first game and gave away a game that we should have won. That African way of playing football, running around like chickens ought not to be used any longer. if we had Vorsah and John Mensah in the squad both goals by USA and Germany from corner kicks would not have happened. A lesson to Akwesi Appiah, "Its not how old you are but Its rather how capable you are" I now believe that Adam Kwarasey is not our answer to Kingston, Fatau can be a place holder because for skills he is further ahead of Adam Kwarasey. Kingston ought to be brought back to the fold to be a third goalkeeper in place of Kwarasey to impart his knowledge. I am proud to have come from this great soccer nation of ours. We have shown that we do not play football like the other African nations. We go to the world cup to play hard and not to be humiliated as other African countries who boast of being in the world cup numerous times, but have disgraced Africa numerous times. This is Ghana, check us out, we are not pushovers.
  • lion-fire says:
    June 22, 2014 11:11 am
    Great game. We could have won, and th w boys need go keep working on efficiency..Minimize the petty mistakes that lead us to conceding easy goals and throwing away valuable points. Full concentration and forgetting about the celebration for a minute till end of game. Hopefully Portugal beats USA, so they get another chance to get it right
  • OGYA says:
    June 22, 2014 11:57 am
    The case against Jonathan Mensah. I do not know whether it is his inexperience or what. He is the reason why Ghana is at this miserable situation in our world cup life First he was the reason why USA got the last minute corner kick to win the game against us. Instead of calmly allowing a ball to safely go out of bounds, he rushed and in the end had his legs touch the ball to give a crucial corner kick to USA Secondly, he was also the reason why Germany equalized the game against us. He stood by and allow Klose to get behind him to score. Akwesi Appiah if you really want to be considered as a good coach, there are a couple of things you need to change about you. STOP BEING VINDICTIVE. You will also need to remove FAVORITISM from your camp, surround this defense with players who are capable of playing it no matter what their age is. There was no reason to drop John Mensah and Vorsa. These two players could have easily been fit for the World cup and given you the success you have been craving for on the international seen were it not for your dumb ideas and favoritism to drop them. They could have bailed you out and prevented those two crucial goals we gave up during both the USA and Germany games. I am sure you have learned your lesson, but you will have to suffer the consequences for the rest of your life. Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.
  • Frankie boy says:
    June 22, 2014 12:11 pm
    Ghana,Ghana,Ghana, i am proud to be a Ghanaian.go black stars,by the grace of God we are going to qualified if it was not so we was going to loose against one of the tournament favourite.GOD BLESS BLACK STARS.GO GHANA,GO BLACK STARS
  • mikron says:
    June 23, 2014 02:05 am
    this people dont listen, u re out of the world cup, you guys boast too much, pity u re being humbled in this world cup, i thought u guys said US was a walk over for u? hahahahaha bcos u managed to draw germany u now think portugal is a walk over, maybe u forgot, portugal also draw with the US meaning they have a point with u guys, so they will kill themselves on that pitch to beat ur team in the last match, learn to respect ur opponents, shitty team
  • Sage Messi says:
    June 23, 2014 06:07 am
    Middendorp was a coach of Accra Hearts of Oak as well too,he turned Louis Agyemang a den defender(left back)into a striker(probably a lethal one back den)