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Feature: Jordan Ayew can lead Ghana to progress from World Cup 'Group of Death'

Published on: 23 June 2014
Jordan Ayew will be key for Ghana

It’s been a mixed start to the World Cup for Kwasi Appiah and his Ghanaian team.

After rumours of a player revolt following the opening round loss to the USA on day five of the tournament, they now have a major task on their hands to make it out of the so called ‘The Group of Death’.

However, after having 63% of the possession and 21 efforts on goal – including that beautifully worked equaliser – in the match against the USA and their exciting performance against Germany, Ghana will feel their campaign is far from over especially as they look set to face Portugal who are have not been convincing.

And Jordan Ayew will be a key figure in the African nation’s fight back.

The Marseille man, whose brother Andre scored the equaliser on Saturday evening, looked in great touch throughout the warm-ups netting a hat-trick against South Korea in the final game before touching down in Brazil, and will be hoping that alongside his brother, he can catapult the Black Stars back into contention for the second Round for only the third time.

They’ll certainly think they’re owed it following the 2010 finals. A controversial incident in the last minute of the Quarter Final against Uruguay, which saw Luis Suarez hand-ball on the line, cost them their place in the semi-final. It’s unlikely that any African team will make it to that stage this time round.

With World Cup Group G odds of 8/1 most experts are in agreement the Black Stars are facing an uphill battle. However, if James Kwesi Appiah’s men can make it through to the next round, things start to look whole lot prettier.

South Korea could be an opponent in the knockout phases, who the Ghanaians have already dispatched once this month with Ayew being right at the very centre of that.

His domestic season hasn’t been half bad either. The 22-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Ligue 1’s Sochaux where he scored five goals earning himself his call-up to the World Cup squad.

But with the team up against Cristiano Ronaldo to name a few over the remaining group game, it won’t be just the energy and pace of Ayew that will be relied upon, but the experience of his team-mates too.

The likes of Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, and Kevin-Prince Boateng will need to put all their domestic and international experience into good use if they’re going to take anything from the games, whilst Kwadwo Asamoah’s defensive abilities will be vital in keeping out Ronaldo.

But with the way Portugal have been unimpressive so far in this competition, the Black Stars can be backed at around 3/1 with a Ghana v Portugal free bet.

Ghana will take a lot of positives from the game against the Germans on Saturday evening, they dominated in large spells, but with a loss against the weakest side - USA - in the group , it will take something almighty special for them to reach the heights of 2010 from here.


  • CEREBRAL says:
    June 23, 2014 11:39 pm
    @Kwabena, well put. An elite athlete has to move from mediocrity to excellence. There are times when players can get lucky and redeem themselves by scoring a goal or two to wipe out an earlier error in a game. At the WC chances are few and elite players are rare and one has to minimize unforced errors. It is absolutely disastrous to chose the weakest option for personal glory. There is an element of indoctrination that goes into drilling players to make selfless decisions in the heat of the game. It is the responsibility of the coach to rehearse these scenarios during practice or else they cannot be applied naturally in a game. Even the most selfish players can be educated in practice to intellectualize their actions and look at the bigger picture to become a team player. Poor Jordan has become the scapegoat of something that happens all the time when Ghana plays. Many Ghanaian fans are upset with Jordan because he had better options in the face of goal.
  • OGYA says:
    June 23, 2014 10:57 am
    HELL No to Jordan Ayew.
  • The Cockerel says:
    June 23, 2014 11:09 am
    I'm afraid this article is all over the place. We are likely to meet Belgium if we make it through Group G, not South Korea. Anyone who saw Portugal last night will know that beating them shouldn't be the most difficult task in the world, with only a half fit Ronaldo and the rest of the side looking very average. I'll also be surprised if both Michael Essien and KPB start against Portugal. Was this a copy and paste job?
  • Lil jet says:
    June 23, 2014 11:19 am
    This is mere BULLSHIT... Jordan my foot!!!!
  • Benny says:
    June 23, 2014 11:29 am
    We don't any high blood pressure and vocal cord problems.Jordan is fit French league not World Cup.
  • Gimli says:
    June 23, 2014 11:45 am
    Is this a Jordan Ayew fan page? I hope it is, otherwise i'd consider this article a joke.
  • Rasheed says:
    June 23, 2014 12:23 pm
    Mr.writer inasmuch I pity you for your hunger,please do not let it becloud your reasoning.I hope what Abedi pele gave you to write about his son is enough to cater for your family.
  • KGB says:
    June 23, 2014 01:09 pm
    I Am excited, we are rolling our impatience with Jordan in regards to his prospects and his ability to help hold the flag of Ghana at bay across the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. Football is about time. Few Players spring-up very strongly from the word, go. Others go through training to develop, while, the rest may have on and off seasons. Whichever way One belongs, it is all about patience. Though as fans, we have our frustrations and distress yet, the key to helping our younger ones like Jordan, Adomah, Afriyie Acquah etc.. is total patience
  • Lhaj says:
    June 23, 2014 01:45 pm
    KGB thanks for the valuable insight! Guys like you shows a better understanding of not only football but development as a whole. Even if Ghana do not make it out of this world cup, it must be said that Jordan is the key to Ghana's future endeavors. By the next world cup the likes of Gyan will no longer be the same as they are today. Thus, the Jordans, Adomah and the likes will make a better BS in the near future. As you pointed out "total patience" will be the difference between a mediocre and a much better team in the near future. Great job!!
  • CEREBRAL says:
    June 23, 2014 02:28 pm
    The WC comes every 4 years, it is a critical tournament, no time to 'babysit'......and by the time it comes to it some of the best players have already retired and those who are in form and should have been selected for the current WC may be in decline. Common sense teaches us that by the time you sag your shorts, decline to pass the ball, refuse to celebrate with your team mates, the games will be over. The WC is not a place to 'act out' or be will be criticized.
  • Rass says:
    June 23, 2014 02:43 pm
    In 2008 they did the same Dede when we lost to cameroon, they said he the cost now no wonder they turn on Jordan
  • Boro says:
    June 23, 2014 02:47 pm
    Come on Jordan cannot be the player at all. He is simply selfish and do not deserve to be in the starting line-up or as a substitute. He came to Brazil to play for himself and not for the team or help Ghana qualify from the group stage. He want to receve pass from others to score like it happened in the Korea Match but not to give the same opportunity to others rather will prefer messing it up and later apologise. If this is not wickedness coming from this young man then i do not know what it is. I still maintain that he is the one to take up all the blame should Ghana fail to qualify.
  • mukmin says:
    June 23, 2014 05:12 pm
    Jordan has been playing better than Prince, Boye, Opare and Mensah so stop all the hating. You guys are blinded by so much hate you cannot be objective enough to see that his introduction in the Germany game was a net plus resulting in us outscoring Germany 2-1. He didn't make that pass so what? That's a hypothetical situation which does not guarantee a goal would have been scored. Was he the reason we conceded two goals?
  • KGB says:
    June 23, 2014 06:02 pm
    Thank You so much Lhaj. I agree totally with you, too. One of the reasons Talents are not developed in our continent is all because of our destructive criticisms. We are humans and prone to make mistakes regardless, of our little or in-depth knowledge and experience in our field of choice. Mistakes are bound to come and if it happens we should not hold on to summon, prosecute and sentence the offender in a profession like Football. Criticisms are to construct into something positive and not to destruct. For instance, Captain Asamoah Gyan came out publicly asking Ghanaians to forgive Jordan after the latter, apologised, for the mistake. The same insults André Ayew suffered in the hands of Ghanaians. I remember some few years ago some of us asked for his head and exclusion from the Black Stars. Today, the very stone we rejected is our, redeemer in the Last Two World Cups. Lhaj, it is the only way to encourage the boys toward the future. We must all help in the building process.
  • revfada says:
    June 23, 2014 06:18 pm
    4 God's sake he is still learning n I'm sure Asamoah gyan noes dat dats y even after dat he(gyan) had a chance n yet still decided t cross it t him so pls gv him a break n stop being career killers
  • Edward says:
    June 23, 2014 06:26 pm
    Jordan who? The author of this article must be a jerk. The GFA should ban Jordan from the games village. some of you think the World Cup is for jokers like Jordan.
  • Johnny says:
    June 23, 2014 07:06 pm
    Look folks, we gonna have to gel very well upfront and maintain possession to get enough goals to give ourselves a chance to advance. Waris has been training and must start with Gyan. Jordan does not play with anybody but himself. He is skillful and fast but he must be worked on to be a team player. This takes time and we only have this game to help qualify. No time for development, this is a must win, Jordan must not start this game.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 23, 2014 07:16 pm
    I just finished watching the Netherlands Chile match. The Netherlands won by 2 goals to nil. I fell in love wth their second goal an over 30 yrs Arjen Robben did all the run on the left and laid a square pass to Depay to score. Looking at where he took the ball and the pass i can say he was even in a difficult situation than Jordan yet he managed to lay the the pass for someone to score when they were already a goal up and needed a draw to still stay at the top. All our three goals came from a team work. Dede's goal against the US came from Gyan's back heel. His second from Afful's cross and Gyan's goal from Muntari's pass . Does that mean Jordan did not see all these? Moreso Gyan called for the ball and decided to go for glory which was the difficult option but because of his wickedness he chose that one. He also knew that the Germany game was a must win yet he allowed his selfishness to take the greater part of him against the team's aim of must win. However, some people think we should praise him for that because he is young. Absolutely nonsense!!!!!
  • ras says:
    June 23, 2014 07:24 pm
    I wonder how people watch BS matches here on this platform.. to tell me Jordan is Bullshit is ridiculus... this is a guy who gives his all, tackles, heckles and and works for the team.. was he the only layer to have shot the ball and not passing? Atsu did same against germany, Gyan did same, Muntari..all of them, even Dede.. so what do you want to tell us. If you guys like it or not, he is one of the young guns to take over the national team..
  • Paa King says:
    June 24, 2014 09:07 am