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Ghana must be cautious in targets for World Cup - GFA Ex.Co member Randy Abbey

Published on: 24 February 2014
Ghana will be making a third successive appearance at the World Cup

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana FA Executive Committee member Randy Abbey wants talks of a semi final target for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup shelved ahead of the tournament.

The Black Stars will be making a third successive appearance at the finals which kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.

Ghana have made progressive stints at the World Cup since its debut participation in 2006.

Many expect the Black Stars to again progress at least one step further than the quarter final finish achieved at the last World Cup in South Africa four years ago.

Others however believe the current team is well placed to make unprecedented history by being the first African side to clinch the World Cup.

But the Ghana FA Ex.Co member though believes the team has the potential to have an excellent tournament says these targets are way premature.

“I think that we have the potential and we have what it takes but you see in the World Cup you are talking about the best [teams] in the World,” he told

“After the first round, 16 out of the best 32 in the World are going to go on and it doesn’t mean once a team goes out [after the first round] the team is not good enough.

“It is our hope that we are going to reach far but I don’t think for now we ought to talk about going beyond quarter finals and all that.

“For aspiration it is good to think this way but I think we need to take things one by one.”

Ghana is drawn in Group G of the upcoming World Cup alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.


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  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    February 24, 2014 11:05 am
    Good advice. Unfortunately, they don't concern Ghanaian players who are easily satisfied with the least achievement. It makes sense for the Germans, the Portuguese and the English but for us, give us a next round target and if we miss even that, the players and management will be philosophical telling you that "oh that's the game of football". let's try another time. Afterall, we nearly made it to the next round. There is a reason the U20 we took the last World Cup won a medal even though they were an almost terrible set when compared to the other under 20s. The local black stars reached the final even though they didn't have a lot of talented players. Believe me, sadly the only way you can get results from our people is to put pressure on them or force them to do something. Thankfully, we have a better team (arguably) than our previous World cups so our hopes are not far-fetched. We should go into the Germany game not playing for a draw but for a win. We are very capable.
  • Benito says:
    February 24, 2014 01:56 pm
    I don't understand why some people are afraid of success,let's set a target for the team though we need to avoid over confidence,the best team don't win the world cup,so what's Randy talking about?we are capable of reaching the semi finals.yes we can!!!