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FIFA technical study reveals Gyan, Andre & Afful are Ghana's best players at 2014 World Cup

Published on: 16 August 2014
Asamoah Gyan scored some of the best goals for Ghana at the World Cup

FIFA's technical study at the 2014 World Cup has revealed that Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan and two team-mates, Andre Ayew and Harrison Afful were the Black Stars best players at the tournament in Brazil.

Despite Kwadwo Asamoah's impressive showing at ther tournament he was not included in the list released by the world governing this week following the conclusion of the reports.

Disciplinary problems also seem to have cost Sulley Muntari his place in the top three players as he was also among Ghana's stand-out performers in the tournament before he was axed.

Gyan was hailed by the FIFA report for his leadership qualities on the pitch and also his selflessness, his power and skill.

Ayew was praised for his mobility, confusing opponents with his movements and power in the use of his head while Afful was noted his efficiency in both defence and attack as well as his precise crosses.

Revealing Ghana's best players, the FIFA Technical Study Group, took into consideration all the three matches the Black Stars played in Brazil before revealing the key players at the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA's Technical Study Group - TSG, singled out the trio in their post-tournament report released on Thursday.

Though Ghana were ranked 25th after the 32-team tournament and exited in the first round, the TSG report handed out rave reviews for the trio.

GYAN Asamoah: team leader, mobile, creates opportunities for team-mates by running wide or dropping deep to draw defence out, skilful and powerful.

AYEW Andre: mobile and energetic, leaves opponents unbalanced by creating room with his movement, excellent headed goal versus Germany.

AFFUL Harrison: efficient in both defence and attack, excellent crosses from the right, strong in one-on-one situations in attack and defence, skilful and fast.

Coach Kwesi Appiah style of play was also praised with the TSG noting the following as positives:

- Good links between the team lines

- Midfield pressing

- Patient build-up play from the back through the midfield

- Attacks using the width

- Effective use of full-backs

- Good individual technique

- Athletic players

The main findings and comprehensive statistics of the 64-match analysis will be discussed with delegations from the various confederations expected to deliberate on the report.

Events are scheduled to take place as follows:

- UEFA, Saint Petersburg, 16-17 September 2014

- CAF, Cairo, 30 September – 1 October 2014

- AFC/OFC, Kuala Lumpur, 29-31 October 2014

Do you agree with the FIFA report that Gyan, Ayew and Afful were Ghana's best players at the World Cup? What about Kwadwo Asamoah and Muntari? Do you agree with them that coach Appiah's style was good? Make your view known in the box below:


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • lion-fire says:
    August 16, 2014 08:11 am
    Who cares. We as Ghanaians do not learn from or use statistics. It means nothing to us
  • Tywane Gunes says:
    August 16, 2014 08:03 am
    That is a good observation from FIFA, if not soo much drama and problems other than unity and determination Ghana would have shock the world with such talented experience and young players. I will be glad if Ghana is been coach by a coach who can do the job. This is 21guns Don't get it twisted
  • Benny says:
    August 16, 2014 04:35 pm
    Selfmade l chose not to insult you today for a reason may be another time. You are entitled to your opinion about AA.I don't think keeping AA is economically sound as you have stipulated.Why is the GFA looking to appoint A technical Director? AA has not proved anything in his two years other than qualifying to the World Cup. He's failed miserably in two major tournaments.You know football enough to appreciate the fact that AA's tactics doesn't warrant any chance of continuity .Can you honestly tell AA's tactical style ? The GFA board are scared to fire AA for fear of retaliation .l am not surprised the GFA is broke.It came out at the commission hearing last Friday that each member of the GFA committee pocketed $82,500 as appearance fee.Yes 82,500 dollars appearance fee.Why would they not be broke.This is aside their 5 star hotel bills for themselves and family.5 star hotel in Brazil could cost about $3000 per night. Sacking AA alone will not solve the problem but it will save the tax payer money in the next two years.The black star needs a coach with a track record not another untried ex footballer like marcel. Can you imagine how far Ghana could go if we had a coach like Klinsmann? The problem with Ghana is simple square peg ministers and leaders in round hole just as you are always insisting on retaining AA.
  • Haris Demi says:
    August 16, 2014 09:41 am
    I don't agree with Fifa a little bit though de players mention did well in de tournament but I tink Sulley nd Asamoah hav to be included.
  • selfmade says:
    August 16, 2014 08:34 pm
    First of all, I ll like to debunked this fabricated lies of Ghana having a smooth roll coaster ride in south Africa! We were able to qualify from the group stage in south Africa thanks to Australia! Serbia scored a clean legitimate goal against Australia which the ref denied them dubiously! Had the ref accepted that goal, Ghana wld have been out! That group was more easier than the one in Brazil! What do u mean by the statement that, AA has not achieved anything apart from the wc? Is the WC qualification in itself not a HUGE ACHIEVEMENT? How many countries were able to qualify to the WC notwithstanding the fact that, most of them have well paid coaches than AA! AA is the first Blackman to qualify Ghana to the WC and that's a statement of FACT! Thirdly, Ghana under AA produced African best ever WC matches ever against three solid globally giants and AA wasnt disgraced! Ghana, dominated each and everyone of our opponents in the WC including Germany! We made the yanks looked like amaeuters! Made Portugal looked less talented and we WERR FAR TECHNICALLY SUPERIOR TO THE GERMANS! Any keen football observer ll agreed with me! All our worst performces has been recorded by expatriates coaches! Saudia Arabia disgraced us by 5 goals under an expatriate! Holland humiliated us by goals under an expatriate! All our great performances has been recorded under AA! Ghana demolishing Egypt by 6 goals! Ghana destroy Lesotho by 7 goals!! Ghana playing like the SUPERIOR GIANSTS against Germany, USA and Egypt! Finally, the so called BIG COACHES has all flopped in Africa and none of them has succeeded in Africa!! What did GORAN ERIKSSON did for I.coast? He leas this goldnr generation of ivorain team to a first round exist in south Africa! How about CARLOS ALBERTO PARREIRA, he made history by becoming the first coach to lead a WC host nation to a first round exist!! And what about Berti voghts? He was beaten clean by a 10 man Ghana against Nigeria!! Big coaches don't make team! Ghana had its greatest WC matches ever in Brazil!!
  • Benny says:
    August 16, 2014 11:09 am
    On the flip side John Boye was the worst player not only Ghana but the entire tourney whilest AA was the worst coach of the 2014 World Cup taking into consideration the players at his disposal comparable to his results.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    August 16, 2014 01:06 pm
    Kwadwo Asamoah is not there because he is the reason Lose equalised. Be made elementary mistakes that experienced defenders will never make. How do I explain not taking the left pole as number 3 when Afful had taken his own position as number 2 making Lose shoot into an unguarded net?
  • papa nkrumah says:
    August 16, 2014 01:08 pm
    Sorry for the annoying typo errors. I meant Klose of Germany
  • A concerned citizen says:
    August 16, 2014 01:19 pm
    TSG are absolutely right in their accession but the weakest links were John Boye, Dauda and coach Appiah's technical bankcrupt ..Kwadwo Asamoah would have been included but because of his new role as no.3 and also Sulley Muntari's disciplinary action affected him
  • bmd says:
    August 16, 2014 01:47 pm
    I think FIFA got it right this time around. John Boyle is a good defender but the problem is that he lack experience and confidence. Ghana lack strong midfielders which put more pressure on our defenders.
  • selfmade says:
    August 16, 2014 01:58 pm
    Gfa is broke and the the Ghanaian economy is broke as well so for those of you,yelling on top of your voices for AA to be sacked,ll have to wait for TWO MORE YEARS after the end of his contract before your wish can be granted WITH ALL THINGS BEEN EQUAL! The fa president said that,its outfit is struggling to pay local coaches and what makes u people thinks that, the fa is prepared to fire and hire a new coach? When AA is fire, the tax payers monies ll be wasted even more as we ll pay him all damages that has been caused by the termination of his contract! The fa ll be poorer! A WILD GOOSE CHASE! U ll all wait even longer for AA to leave the scene because, should he win any title within the next two years, HIS CONTRACT WILL BE RENEW AGAIN! Stop shouting yourself to the roof because the man is not going anywhere now, today or tomorrow! The country is broke, the fa is broke and in hard times, SMART PEOPLE THINK ALIKE AND SMARTLY! At least we have a few smart economically astute guys who are thinking smartly!!
  • selfmade says:
    August 16, 2014 02:13 pm
    For those of u, saying AA was the worst coach in the WC, u wish! Under AA, Ghana played one of the best match in the WC against the eventual winners!! Some called it classic!
  • jackal says:
    August 17, 2014 12:29 am
    I agree that BS game vs. Germany @ Brazil 2014 just edges out WC2006 game vs. Czech Republic for Ghana's best WC game. But most of the credit goes to the players especially Sulley Muntari, who was the "engine" of the BS just like how Stephen Appiah was for WC2006. In my opinion, Sulley Muntari was Ghana's MVP. Coach Appiah did ok overall but is NOT good enough tactically to handle the BS coaching job. A world-class coach with this set of players would have made it to the semi-finals, with ofcourse, better management. Both coach Appiah and GFA executives MUST resign for the good of Ghana's soccer!!!!
  • selfmade says:
    August 17, 2014 02:45 am
    Jackal How can u give credit to only the players and not the manager who guarded them? How mate?! Sometimes, I don't even understand if ghanaians understand what's call football tactics! Football tactics is a term used to describe how a manager wants his team to play and it can either be attacking or defensive!! The rest of the job depends on the players!! Now, after our first match against the yanks, AA reshuffle his cards, rreplacing opare with afful and the changes were simply awesome! So what makes u to attribute our great performances against Germany only to the players? Again, in the same Germany match, when Ghana was leading the mannschaft, AA made another tactical substitution by bringing in JORDAN for kpb and the impact of his change was spontaneous!! Jordan cld have won the game for Ghana but decided to go for glory and HOW CAN ANYONE BLAMED AA for this? HOW? In the match against Portugal, AA made another great change by starting WARIS over Jordan and the change was fabulous to say the least!! In the second half, WARIS had a sitter right in front of the goal from gyan cross but he FLOPPED IT BADLY! Waris cld have won the game for Ghana but he failed awfully and why BLAME AA for this and not the players who failed to utilize their chances? Under AA, Ghana played Africans best ever WC in Brazil with sheer quality and finese that ll take years to be repeated by any African team!! Now, AA,alone gave Germany a hell of a match whiles the combine tactical brains of SCOLARI-PARREIRA were totally annihilated by Joachim low Germany in a match in which Germany made AA looks as the superior coach! Is just a matter of time, AA ll be a valuable asset for Ghana!! Mark it today!! Ghana dominated USA like they are amaeuters, were SUPERIOR BOTH TACTICALLY AND TECHNICALLY TO GERMANY and made Portugal looked like direction less team!! Posterity ll be the judge of AA!
  • Benny says:
    August 17, 2014 07:47 am
    Selfmade how do you justify AA's substitutions of Kwarasey for Dauda which according popular knowledge was as a result of complains from John Boye and Gyan that Kwarasey is unable to communicate in the local parlance .In the end Dauda did a good job by giving Ronaldo free chance to score.According Kwarasey,he was changed 45 minutes to the game.AA has remained silenced on this allegation. Secondly after the game with the USA,listen again to what AA said.He decided to bring his strong team on after the USA is worn out.What tactics is that?He brought Adomah on.Is Adomah one of his big players. Of coarse nobody can take away the fact that AA qualified Ghana to the World Cup. You did mentioned the 6-1 against Egypt as an achievement.I bet to differ.We were completely out- played technically and tactically in the second match in spite of the psychological and emotional distress and challenges the players were going through as result of the unrest in Egypt . I hope for the sake of this argument AA is given time but l bet you ,you will be calling for his head in a years time.May God grants us life till that time.l rest my case