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Black Stars focused on Portugal World Cup clash, amid off-field distractions

Published on: 23 June 2014
Ghana players are concentrated on the task ahead

Amid off-field distractions, players of the Black Stars are focused on their World Cup final Group G match, says Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Just days to the big game against Portugal, the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4's Dispatches programme allege that the sport body had agreed to take part in international football matches organised by match fixers.

However, Kwesi Nyantakyi says the matter has been explained to the Ghana team, who play the Portuguese in the final group fixture seeking to reach the second round.

"The players are very active on social media and are very active in the news media and they are aware of what is going on," GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi told

"We have explained to them and our motive is to insulate them from some of this challenging publications that are intended to disturb the focus of our team.

"They seem to appreciate what we trying to do. I can assure everyone that this negative reportage has no negative effect on the psyche and the focus of our players."

All teams in Group G - Ghana, Germany, Portugal and the U.S - are still alive in the qualifying for second round places.

A 2-2 between the United States and Portugal on Sunday means the competition will go to the wire with the final matches set for Thursday.

The result left Germany and the U.S. level at the top of the group on four points and Portugal and Ghana on one each.

Germany and the U.S will face each other while Ghana take on Portugal in the final group games.

The Black Stars need a big win and hope the other fixture does not end in a draw.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • Bonti Rabbits says:
    June 23, 2014 10:34 am
    Obviously Ghana's FA president is not reading, it's all over the place that klinsman made a statement during press conference that he will contact the coach for for Germany who was his assistant during the 2006 world cup to arrange the result.He is now denying it but everyone is talking about it, I don't expect any goals in that match. Germany will play soft
  • Wilson says:
    June 23, 2014 11:22 am
    I think the USA deserves a place in the round of 16..let's hope and work hard. all we need to do is to focus on our La game
  • Nana NY says:
    June 23, 2014 11:46 am
    Ghana will go through this group no matter what. Klins can call Loew nobody cares. This is the scenario in the last minutes US will score an own goal in the last minute just as Portugal scored them in the last minute and that will be the end of the game and Ghana goes through because we will win over Portugal. So Ghana will be second on the table.
  • Nana NY says:
    June 23, 2014 11:49 am
    I have a very strong feeling that US will score an own goal against Germany in the last minute whiles Ghana beat Portugal to progress to the next stage mark my words.
  • Rasheed says:
    June 23, 2014 12:34 pm
    Come on Bonti rabbit, even a nine year old child will not believe your childish story