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Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah scores first ever Serie-A goal, youngster making strong case for 2014 World Cup place

Published on: 02 April 2014
Afriyie Acquah has been simply impressive for Parma this season

By Ameenu Shardow

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Midfielder Afriyie Acquah scored his first Serie-A goal in Parma’s 4-2 defeat to Roma on Wednesday to continue to make a strong case for his inclusion in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The 22-year-old has been in great form since his return to Italy on loan from German club TSG Hoffenheim.

Acquah has put in memorable performances in his 21 appearances for Gialloblu this season to earn the praise of his coach and colleagues at both club and international level.

The ex Palermo man’s consistent displays in one of Europe’s top leagues puts him right in the mix in the heated contest for limited places in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Ghana international showed his class again by scoring the equalizer for Parma on 15 minutes – three minutes after Gervinho had opened the scoring for the hosts.

Roberto Donadoni’s side however failed to build on the momentum handed them by the Black Stars midfielder to concede another goal through Francesco Totti before the break.

Miralem Pjanic then made it 3-1 for Roma early in the second half before Taddei scored eight minutes to the end to put the result beyond doubt.

Parma however had the last say as Jonathan Bibiany scored on the stroke of full time to lessen the effects of the humiliating defeat.

Parma are however still in with a chance of qualifying for Europe next season as they now lie 7th in Serie-A – just two points behind 6th placed Inter with seven games left.

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  • Massawudu says:
    April 02, 2014 07:44 pm
    PR everyday,its becoming a private website for Afriyie Acquah.How much is he paying you guys.Shame on Ghanasoccernet,its becoming to obvious as every news about this boy now has to have "World cup" attached to it.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 02, 2014 07:53 pm
  • Nana says:
    April 02, 2014 08:16 pm
    The guy is good , he should be in place of Rabieu m because he has lost his form and he is a bench warmer, unlike Afryie who plays every week
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 02, 2014 10:37 pm
    Better than Onazi and Mikel.... Worry about Nigeria PLEASE!!!
  • Adebayo says:
    April 02, 2014 08:46 pm
    I have been following Acquah's games for some time. He was very poor in the game. He came in as a subtitute early in the first half and got the scrappy goal for Parma. His overall contribution to the game was very poor. He didn't win any balls or close down opponents fast enough and he lost balls in dangerous positions. No wonder Donadoni substituted him! He might be a developing player who is not world cup material at this stage!
  • Mannie says:
    April 02, 2014 10:26 pm
    Even bbc is talking about him these days.. In think he is making good strides
  • banger says:
    April 03, 2014 12:46 am
    Adebayo u are a demn idiot.i started the game.he played very gud his passes n everythin.stop hattin.he only made like one or two blanders but other than that he was superb.he still has small maturing to do,
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    April 03, 2014 01:38 am
    Chaley the hype on this chap is too much aabaah!! Everyday Aquah this Acquah that, am not saying he's a bad player. He's good but not yet a complete player as some of you think, I tip him to make the provisional 30 man squad for the pre-WC camping though buh I really doubt if he can make the cut for the final 23 man squad. Its good to have a strong bench anyway. I will choose Annan over him, Rabiu & Badu on any given day, its remains to be seen if he can make the cut for the WC.
  • millennium says:
    April 03, 2014 04:07 am
    Ghanaians are jokers....while klinsman is seriously preparing wounded lions for battle....we are toying around with an inexperience coach. we are sending a group of accomplished and famous players to the tournament while klinsman is building aggressively attacking team for the mundial.....I am watching USA trashing a whole Mexico
  • Bright Baffour says:
    April 03, 2014 05:43 am
    It was a tie between usa vs mexico 2-2
  • Dr Who says:
    April 03, 2014 05:45 am
    USA 2-2 Mexico in an international friendly.
  • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:
    April 03, 2014 06:45 am
    aa, akrobeto acquah is hot. not yam cooled by abrewa. The science of the game Soccer is a sweet science and that is why every soccer fan enjoys watching brasil play. This is why we the game lovers enjoy great tactics by from a good team. Now, why am I talking like this? I remember when gyan scored the fastest goal at a world cup in 2006. wcup 2014 will be gyan’s 3rd wcup appearance. We all saw how Montenegro scored the fastest goal in a game against Ghana. Brasil and Barcelona do a great job of getting the ball downfield into their opponents’ net in record time. When they lose the ball. They get it back and continue the pressure. Lets be frank, folks. Is this what we are seeing from gh blackstars? NO! I just saw u.s play mexico. It was an action packed game throughout. One thing u.s does best is this: focus on moving the ball downfield into the opponents’ 18yard box, fast. Majority of goals scored in the game of soccer emanates from the 18yard area. Practice getting the ball down the field to score. time it. Try it against your opponents. How many times can you replicate this attack strategy in each half? The more you practice this strategy. The better you become at constantly pressuring your opponents.
  • Kwame Sabaato says:
    April 03, 2014 09:00 am
    Adebayo, please go up there and watch the goal again. Do you call this goal a scrappy GOAL?
  • banger says:
    April 02, 2014 07:21 pm
  • Boba Fett says:
    April 02, 2014 07:04 pm
    PR all the way
  • Kwame says:
    April 02, 2014 07:36 pm
    While experience counts in such tournaments, I think our team must include youngsters like Afiriyie Acquah who can run hours on end. Our matches are gonna be tougher than previous years when we were unknown commodities. Ghana has made a name for itself so the competition is ready for us.