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Ghana must improve in Burkina Faso semi-final game, says Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says the Black Stars must improve their game when they face Burkina Faso in the semi-final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

Asamoah Gyan admits that the Black Stars must improve their style of play

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says the Black Stars must improve their game when they face Burkina Faso in the semi-final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The Black Stars sealed their place in the last four on Saturday after fighting to defeat a stubborn Cape Verde side in Port Elizabeth.

The four-time champions won the match thanks to two second half goals by substitute midfielder Mubarak Wakaso.

There was nothing to choose between the teams in a first half in which both sides played some good football in midfield without producing a single shot on target.

The introduction of Wakaso, who was suspended for Ghana’s game against Niger on Monday, certainly had an impact.

He made no mistake with his penalty, lashing the ball down the middle while keeper Vozinha leapt to his left after Gyan was brought in the box.

With all Cape Verde players committed to attacking the Black Stars area including keeper Vozinha with minutes to go, Wakaso broke free from a counter-attack to secure the win for Ghana in an empty net.

Gyan says the penalty against the Blue Sharks proved to be the turning point in the match but must improve their play to be able to defeat the Burkinabes.

“We expected a difficult game and Cape Verde certainly gave us one,” said the striker.

“They are tactically disciplined and get behind the ball well.

“The first half was a bit frustrating and they played better than us in the second half but the penalty was the key to winning. It put us on top and opened up the match.

“Now we have to correct our mistakes and improve for the semi-final,” added Gyan who is hoping his side can land the title for the first time in 31 years.

Burkina Faso sealed their place in the last four on Sunday after defeating Togo 1-0 in Nelspruit.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. ERIC ABBAN says:

    THATS GOOD MR GYAN, BUT TRY N IMPROVE YOUR PLAY A BIT,

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      gh 3 vs burkina 0
      GYAN, OMOTUO TUO ZAAFI STRIKER!
      someone tell gyan that TO BE AN EFFECTIVE STRIKER. HE MUST HAVE HIS BACK TURNED TO THE GOALIE.
      GYAN NEVER TURNS HIS BACK TO THE GOALIE. INSTEAD, HE RUNS SIDEWAYS TO THE LEFT/RIGHT…..NO WONDER HE CONTINUES TO BE LESS EFFECTIVE
      THUS FAR IN THIS TOURNAMNT. GYAN HAVE UR BACK TURNED TO THE GOALIE. THAT WAY WHEN U GET THE BALL, THE GOALIE CANT SEE WAT U INTEND
      TO DO WITH IT.
      burkina will play the counter, just like cape verde
      THEREFORE, WE NEED FULLBACKS WHO CAN RUN. PAINSTIL SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A STARTER
      AKAMINKO MUST BE USED AT THE 2. AFFUL/KISSI AT THE 3
      PLS, DONT USE BOYE AS A STARTER IN THIS GAME. USE EITHER JONATHAN/AWAL.
      OUR DEFENDERS MUST MAKE SURE THAT GOALIE DAUDA GOES ON VACATION IN THIS SEMI FINAL.
      DAUDA MUST GO ON VACATION IN HAWAII IN THIS SEMI FINAL GAME. WE WANT TO SEE HIM SLEEPING IN THE NET.
      BCOS HE IS TIRED!
      WE WILL NEED TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES INCESSANTLY.
      PRESSURE THEM FROM THE WINGS. KASA AT 11, ASANTE/ATSU AT 7 AND HAVE THEM OVERLAP.
      PLS, DONT START GYAN. ALLOW CLOTTEY OR YIADOM TO PLAY. CLOTTEY CAN USE HIS QUICKNESS, YIADOM HIS HEIGHT.
      WE HVE TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES TO THEM MAKE MISTAKES IN THE 18.
      OUR PLAYERS MUST PLAY BREAK N PASS BALL. CONTROL THE FLOW OF THE GAME. MOVE THE BALL ALONG THE WINGS N TRU THE MIDDLE.
      FYI: NEUTRALISE PITRIOPIA N THE BURKINA CAPTAIN.
      AA, USE THIS GAME TO PRESSURE THE BURKINABES.
      OUR WINGERS, MIDFIELDERS N STRIKERS MUST INVADE AT WILL.
      THE MORE GOALS WE GET, THE MORE CONFIDENT OUR PLAYERS WILL BE GOING INTO THE FINAL.
      AA MUST STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!. STRIVE FOR PERFECTION!
      STRIKERS/attackers win you a match, DEFENDERS win you a tournament!
      AA, NEUTRALIZE THESE BURKINA PLAYERS AND YOU WILL WIN…Jonathan Pitriopa, Charles Kabore, Moumouni Dagano
      FYI: aa should START the continental AND LOCAL BASED PLAYERS IN THIS GAME. ASANTE, KISSIS, AFFUL, CLOTTEY, AWAL….MUST ALL START IN THIS GAME.
      THEY CAN COMPETE BOOT FOR BOOT WITH THE BUGA BUGA PITCH AND THE BURKINA PLAYERS. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YIADOM IN THIS GAME.
      HIS HEIGHT, SPEED AND SKILL WILL BE WORRYSOME FOR THE BURKINA DEFENDERS…

  2. Big mouth says:

    Yes, and most importantly you will have to just kill yourself like your other compatriots(Captains) are doing for their nations. Stand firm and play hard because you wont get to score an easy to come goal. Show the world that, you are the talisman of the side and that you have the ability to drive the team to greatness.
    Good Luck!!!

  3. PITO says:

    everybody in the blackstars must be psyched up by the team psychologist for the Burkina game. They should take their chances going forward. The defenders must be resolute and never loose concentration. PSYCH UP AGYEMANG BADU, ASAMOAH GYAN, KWADWO ASAMOAH, ADOMAH.
    My prediction is GHANA 2 Burkina 0

  4. Sizzle says:

    Gyan needs to start taking his own advice…so far he has played poorly…has shown no sign of being a captain. He needs to get stronger because this is african football! Of all the BS players gyan has played the worse so far and the entire nations expects much much more from him. We wanna see him captain this team like a true captain…AA needs to yiadom in the game to help gyan out…gyan so far has proven to be a choke artist…I normally refrain from criticizing him but we need to tell the boy the truth and hope that he listens. GO BLACK STARS!!

  5. selfmade says:

    Before every single fucking match,this so called captain will come and say the same fucking thing thereby raising expectations of ghanaians only for him and his bunch of fucking cowards to play like old people!! This heart attack football can’t take us anywhere and i wish we don’t get disgrace!!! Viva the revolutionciooooo!!!

  6. killer says:

    black stars don’t perform when it get to finals and semi finals

  7. killer says:

    AA should substitute Gyan if he is under performing in a match

  8. anokwale says:

    We simply need Gyan to be a big time performer in this game. It is quite simple. We need him to have a great game. The Burkinabes will be quite physical. They are physically stronger. We need to use our superior ball skills and be tactical. Thank you.

  9. mukmin says:

    You need to improve your finishing Gyan the more were progress the limited chances get because all the weaker teams have been weeded out. You simply have be more clinical like the likes of Villa, Falcao and Inzaghi(the most clinical of finishers).