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Daniel Opare settled as Ghana left-back

Posted On Wednesday, 31st August 2011

Daniel Opare is surviving as Ghana left-back

Ghana defender Daniel Opare says  he has adjusted to life as a make-shift left-back for the Black Stars.

The Standard Liege right-back was re-assigned to the left to solve the team’s problematic position.

The former Real Madrid youth player excelled in that role in March against England at Wembley and was exceptional in a Nations qualifier against Congo at home in June.

Opare says he is capable of thriving in that unfamiliar role.

“I am a right back and I think it is very similar to the left-back position, as a player I think it is a plus if you can play more than one position,” he exclusively told GHANAsoccernet.com.

”I use to slot in to the left back position at my club side whenever the person there gets injured or red-carded so I am very comfortable playing there.”

Ghana have struggled to find a natural left-back since Habib Mohammed faded out after the 2006 World Cup finals.

Right-footed players Harrison Afful, Hans Adu Sarpei and Rahim Ayew have failed to hold down the position under ex-coach Milovan Rajevac.

New coach Goran Stevanovic has also not been convinced by left-footers David Addy and Nana Akwesi Asare.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Whocares? says:

    David Addy can play that role.

    • Experience Coach says:

      I believe that David Addy and Rahim can play that role too. Remember, during the nations cup in Egypt, when Odemwinge was having his way, it was Rahim who came in to stop him. We could try these two players again to see how effective they are…

  2. Boss says:

    how about Wakaso Mubarak??? that guy is a pretty decent left back…Wake up GFA

  3. Pee says:

    I think this is a lesson for other players to take opportunities with utmost seriousness. Kudos, Opare!

    • Jamieson says:

      Traveler thank *you*! And I’d go for Italy, too especially Matera. Hmmm. Possible idea here?Donnas, Karin and Sue, I agree. London was so much fun for books 4-6. There are just so many hauintng legends to work off of!Linda, I know a good Las Vegas one Vikki Pettersson’s Zodiac series. (I’m not sure if that’s how you spell her last name though!)Steph anywhere in Japan would be incredible!Jase, good point a good author could probably write about their backyard and it’d be a treat to read. : )Leslie, you bring up yet more series that I need to try.Will I ever catch up on my reading?Great ideas, you all. Keep them coming!

  4. keith from germany says:

    who told u guys sarpei failed to play ther´?i guess u guys must be kidding me.from all these names mentioned sarpei did his job very well.

  5. stephen asomah says:

    lee addy was de best among all

  6. WILLIAM SORKPOR, USA says:

    DON’T WORRY, YOU ARE GOING TO DO PERFECTLY WELL
    AT THE LEFT-BACK POSITION.

    FOR SOME MYSTERIOUS REASON IT IS EASIER TO SWITCH FROM RIGHT-BACK TO LEFT-BACK THAN THE VICE VERSA.

    JUST REMEMBER THAT AT THE RIGHT-BACK POSITION YOU WERE MARKING AN OPPONENT WHO WAS COMING AT YOU FROM THE OUTSIDE TO THE INSIDE OF THE FIELD.

    BUT AT THE LEFT BACK POSITION, YOU WOULD BE MARKING AN OPPONENT WHO WOULD BE LOOKING TO TAKE THE BALL TO THE OUTSIDE TO FREE HIMSELF BEFORE HE CAN MAKE A CROSS TO YOUR GOAL AREA.

    MAKE SURE HE DOES NOT GET THE BALL TO THE INSIDE AREA, OTHERWISE HE WOULD TEAM UP WITH THE INSIDE-RIGHT, AND THEY WOULD MAKE YOUR LIFE A DIFFICULT ONE. GIVE HIM THE CHANCE HE WOULD BE LOOKING FOR TO TAKE THE BALL TO THE OUTSIDE; BUT BE FAST AND DEPRIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY OF MAKING A CROSS TO YOUR GOAL AREA. ATTACK THE BALL BEFORE HE GETS IT TO THE CORNER-KICK AREA,– OR ELSE HE WOULD FORCE YOU TO CONCEDE CORNER-KICKS.
    THAT COULD BE DAGEROUS.

    DEFENDING AGAINST CORNER-KICKS IS JUST THE SAME AS YOU WERE DOING AS A RIGHT-BACK. THE MANTRA IS ALWAYS TO MANN THE GOAL-LINE. AND ONCE THE BALL IS KICKED, GET TO THE BALL BEFORE ANYONE ELSE IF THE KICK IS FROM YOUR SIDE. OTHERWISE YOU STAY MANNING THE GOAL-LINE IF THE CORNER-KICK IS FROM THE OTHERSIDE OF THE GOALPOST.

    ALWAYS TO KEEP YOUR HANDS CLOSE TO YOUR SIDES. DON’T RAISE YOUR LEGS TOO HIGH IN A GOAL-MOUTH SCRAMBLE. ALWAYS CONCENTRATE, AND FOCUS ON THE RIGHT FOOT AS WELL AS THE LEFT FOOT OF THE OPPONENT. THIS IS BECAUSE UNLIKE MOST LEFT WINGS, MOST RIGHT WINGS CAN STRIKE THE BALL AS WELL WITH THE LEFT AS THEY DO WITH THE RIGHT.

    YOU WILL BE FINE.

    MAY THE ALMIGHTY CONTINUE TO BLESS OUR BELOVED GREAT GHANA:
    AMEN!

  7. J-Kay says:

    We need more than one player in that position. David/Lee should not be left out completely. All three can play in the left-back position.

    • thomas aduko says:

      plz! lee is not black stars material we need players wit confidence, lee has played many matches but his confidence is too low, he is alwys confused in e field of play he shld be out of black stars.

  8. maka says:

    @ Keith:

    This is what some of us usually talk about. Soccernet is not serious..or should i say Ghana football? The bane of the black stars is not talent—but putting square pegs in round holes—-that is, playing players out of position.

    Do u know why Borbor excelled? He played the right players in their correct positions! These expatriate coaches usually dont even watch our players in their various leagues…else, they would have figured out the best out of these chaps! A coach who doesnt live in the country but comes in to assemble the guys when there’s gona be a game….twiaa!

    If he watches Nana Asare or David Addy in their respective leagues, he would realize that we have talent… but he doesnt! How dare him say that the above duo have not impressed—has he even given them ample games to prove themselves? if they werent that good, they wont be playing in those top leagues…nonsense!….even if he watches our local league, he would have found somebody long ago for the left back!

    Its about time the GFA made this coach work for every dime he’s paid—but once again, thanks to our useless leaders..we are still where we are—-yet, paying $65,000 a month to this guy in this economy of Ghana! God help us….65K ooo…each month plus winning bonuses and incentives!

    Plavi u better play our best players oo, and stop calling Lee Addy and co., else, u’d end up like Milo…! Its about time we realized other nations are rebuilding seriously and playing their best players…and we better do same!

    Play Opare in his right position, play KPB (if he’s recalled), Dede or Derek Boateng as an attacker/behind the main striker, give Kwadwo Asamoah a free role, let Sulley raid the left and Quincy or Adoma on the right wing…then let Jordan, Tagoe, Gyan, even Adiyiah or Agogo(we need to make play them to instil confidence in them because if they pick form now, would we call them?..yes..then we must help them when they need us) or any of these young strikers—Boakye Yiadom, Boateng of AC Milan, etc….give people chance to play but play them in the right positions so that all ccan judge them!

    You don’t play players in wrong positions only to drop them and say they are not good,,for example, MILO..the dumb ass plaing Tagoe as a winger…can you believe that?

    Over to you Plavi…GFA, ghanaians, lets all wise up…we have talent..lets use them rightly!

  9. MUBA says:

    I am urging GFA and the coach to try as much as possible to invite Wakaso Mubarak to play for the left back position.He is a natural left footed player and can play at the left back. People should remember what he did at the under 17 tournament in Peru.

  10. Peedi Crack says:

    Maka, thank you for ya comments, you took the words outta my mouth!!!…the coach should play the players at thier respective natuaral positions….David Addy and Nana Akwesi Asara are pure left footed left backs, and they are even capable of playing the left wing position. As well as playing KPB behind the main striker and not at the right wing, like the coach had him playing against congo…..thats y KPB did not impress in that game cus he is not a RIGHT WINGER, point blank!!!…. Daniel Opara is a pure right back and can also play right ring, he is a make-shift left back so the coach so start monitoring these players in their respective european leagues and call them up to the black stars, and he should stop inviting players like lee ardey, the only reason he doing that is because he is serbian and lee ardey plays for red star belgrade so he can monitor him, butlee ardey sucks, always outta position..is some bullshit that he is always getting a call up!!! The coach needs to get his shit together, David Addy and Nana Akwesi Asare are our best left backs so he better call them up to the blk stars.





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