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Ghana vs Zambia: Player ratings from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium

Published on: 06 September 2013
Andre Ayew was workaholic for Ghana runs the rule over the Ghana side following a nervy 2-1 victory over Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Friday.

Ghana dominated the first half, with Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah and Wakaso Mubarak perpetually harassing and tormenting the visitors defence and took a deserved lead through Abdul Majeed Waris before Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah doubled the advantage with a wonderful strike.

Nathan Sinkala finished off a well calculated free-kick for the Zambians in the 77th minute as Ghana went through to the final stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Fatau Dauda - 7.5/10

Magnificent in keeping Ghana from conceding after he made a great stop from ferocious drive from Kalaba. The Orlando Pirates keeper appeared nervy in the first half and looked unsure in his stops.

He had no answer for Nathan Sinkala's 77th minute consolation but he cannot be fully blamed as the defenders were caught ball watching.

Daniel Opare - 8/10

Rampaged forward as usual which, in the conducive weather. He constantly tested the physical prowess of the Zambian flankmen with his aggressive play.

Demonstrated more of his attacking qualities but some of his passes went wayward and should work on that.

Harrison Afful - 8/10

The experienced Esperance full-back was picked ahead of Kissi Boateng for the role and he was overly impressive on the evening.

He also showed the customary eagerness to attack as a modern full-back.

Was involved in the beautiful sequence of play that fetched Ghana's first goal.

John Boye - 8/10

Was powerful in the air and made a couple of trademark blocks to prevent the Zambians from creating any real goal chance in the opening first department.

He cruised through the entire duration of the game as Zambia struggled to penetrate the Ghana backline.

Set up Abdul Majeed Waris for the opening goal after he resisted a challenge inside the Zambia box and weighing in a short cross for Waris to head home.

Jonathan Mensah - 8/10

Found life from start to finish and was always determined and resolute as he formed a crusting partnership with John Boye in the central defence.

Mainly drifted to the right-back when Opare joined the attack and he efficiently dealt with the Emmanuel Mayuka.

The Evian man won almost every challenge with Mayuka that completely shut-out the Zambian attacker.

Rabiu Mohammed - 7.5/10

Sitting successfully in front of the central defence and providing support and the link before the central defence and the rest of the field demands extra ability ability.

The Kuban Krasnodar man performed his work with distinctive excellence, blocking most of the Chipolopolos attack and occasionally bombing forward.

Replaced by Michael Essien in the 55th minute.

Kwadwo Asamoah - 9.5/10

What a first half he had. He covered more space, forced his way through the Zambian midfield at will and it was almost impossible to rob him off the ball.

In his best moments, the Zambians had more problems at their hands and conceded free kicks.

Scored Ghana's second goal with a 25 yards drive which proved too strong for Mweene to stop. What a piledriver for Kwadwo! He is coming into his elements and if he continues like this many great moments are in stall for him.

Andre Ayew - 9/10

Great tenacity. Continuously in possession and always a threat to the opposition, perpetually harassing them in their area.

He was aggressively strong and difficult to rob off the ball.

With him on the pitch, the Zambians had little time to settle and draw plans to join their attack.

Promised a great show and his cameo was a delight to watch.

Wakaso Mubarak - 8/10

Workaholic and kept buzzing and hustling the Zambians with his extraordinary physique.

Technically gifted the player by Ghanaian standards.

Kennedy Nweene had to produce a world class stop to prevent his thunderous strike from a Waris pass from going in to double the scoring for Ghana.

Replaced by Christian Atsu.

Abdul Majeed Waris - 8.5/10

He was rapier swift and tried his luck with two strikes at goal. He clinched the opener for Ghana with a close range header.

The Spartak Moscow forward proved effective in his partnership with Asamoah Gyan and posed more treat to the Zambians.

His second consecutive Ghana goal at the Baba  Yara Sports Stadium. He has definitely nailed down a place in the Ghana squad.

Asamoah Gyan - 9/10

The captain was constantly policed by the visitors defence but Gyan was always determined and went into a lot of challenges with the Zambian defence.

He made Ghana's first real attempt at goal as his header from a Daniel Opare cross flew just over the cross-bar.

Replaced by Agyemang-Badu in the course of the second half.


Michael Essien - 9/10 - Despite coming on in the second-half Essien could pass as one of the best Ghana performers on the afternoon. His mastery of the ball was beyond excellent. His touch of the ball was exquisite, his passes were precise and his presence was majestic. This is a big time player. No doubt!  "Jose Mourinho were you watching?" the Ghanaian football fans asked and they were right.

Christian Atsu - 7/10 - His trickery was a worry for the Zambians and they tried to foul him with rough tackles. He will grow for Ghana

Agyemang-Badu - 7/10 - He brought some power to the midfield when he came on and help Essien stabilize the midfield.


  • ned mann says:
    September 07, 2013 06:37 pm
    The Zambia did so well...Ghanaians were complicent and thought the the game has ended.... rabiu did well but alwaysdelay releasing the ball..... opare was not up to the task he made wrong passes..... but his cross to gyan was superb and needs to be applauded..... gyan didn't have his day,we all know he was not fit but his presence was a plus to the bs........ essien was undoubtedly better on the day,he made 19 passes and only one went the wrong way,that was the long pass intended for atsu.... he fouled ones and was fouled on 3 occasions,he was creative, calm, hard to brought down, allowed kwadjo to surge forward leading to the 2nd goal... essien changed the pace of the game.....kwadjo asamoah had a wonderful day,played in his favourite position and was a threat to the zambians for the first 20mins..... indeed... Ghana must avoid complicency..... I love Ghana!!!!!!!!
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    September 07, 2013 02:19 pm
    My analysis from Kumasi Stadium: - Full-backs Opare and Afful flopped. Both were lacking their defensive duties as well their attacking assists were wayward. Further, both of them picked up yellow. Hello, this is Zambia! No wonder Opare got red aganist Brazil. How do we want to stay with 11 fielded players against topclass World Cup countries? We need David Addy as a left-back and Essien as a right-back. - Rabiu was a real gem, his role might be a quiet one but every single pass was correct. Not even once he lost the ball, we need this guy to play 90 minutes for us. - Ayew was the MOTM. His tireless working, energy, conversion rate was impeccable. He intercepted passes, gave splitting passes. No question, he was the best onf the field. - Gyan disappointed. He hustled, but was not all that effective in his play. Conclusion: We did well. But but with Prince and Muntari returning, Essien should play as a right-back while Muntari, Prince, Kwawdwo, Ayew and Rabiu can boss the midfield together.
  • seriously says:
    September 07, 2013 11:50 am
    lol..we beat them 4-1 in uk not long ago. you know nothing
  • seriously says:
    September 07, 2013 11:40 am
    thanks...and we will beat you again anytime any day
  • Pevnorbemol says:
    September 07, 2013 11:30 am
    Dis rating is wrong. The highest shld be 7.0 and then opare,afful,mensah,dauda 5.5. Majeed,rabiu,gyan,dede 6.5.
  • 1 GH. says:
    September 06, 2013 07:15 pm
    Poor ratings. Essien deserved higher.
  • YY says:
    September 06, 2013 07:18 pm
    Bias ratings, Essien deserve higher.
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    September 06, 2013 07:20 pm
    Gsn your ratings are generally too high. Granted the team played well But we were not that exceptional. I am just relieved we can all move on from the unhealthy insults between both set of fans which was actually worsened by our noisy uninvited neighbours. One love Africa! RESPECT TO ZAMBIA. YOU SURPRISED US WITH YOUR PLAY. CAF SHOULD NEVER PUT ZAMBIA IN GHANA'S GROUP AGAIN
  • Yo says:
    September 06, 2013 07:24 pm
    That's because the subs including Essien did not play the full game. Good ratings for the time they played.
  • Paradox says:
    September 06, 2013 07:29 pm
    Gyan 9/10. Come on gsn. Gyan was kept out of the game by sunzu, the fans even wistled 4 his removal. Wakaso had to be taken off, u guys are truly biased. So after this. Is zambia wil a minnow?. Yo star team struggled. Were are the 4zeros 5zeros u ghanain talked abt. This team took u punch 4 punch. Face ghanains zambia is not a minnow, any1 who continues to say zambia is a minnow then that person is a retard. Finall i said on zamfoot that if ghana wins i wil congratulate them. So a big congratulations to u ghanains all the best. We wil meet again.
  • Dr Who says:
    September 06, 2013 07:39 pm
    Our right and left full backs did very well.I was so impressed.AA should play Boye and Jona often so that there will be enough understanding.We now know how robust Rabiu is so I suggest hé rest him in the Japan game so Essien could start.Hé should also try Razak Brimah against Japan....apart from this two changes we should start the squad against Japan.......we should reserve todays starting line up in the play off...they were owesome.
  • kwame says:
    September 06, 2013 07:39 pm
  • Edward says:
    September 06, 2013 07:41 pm
    what GSN Essien was the one who stabilised the midfield when he came on. From how we started the second half we could have conceded more. U gave him 6. It is either u ar biased or do not av the technical eye for football.
  • Pedro says:
    September 06, 2013 07:41 pm
    I've seen why zambia beats Ghana everytime when they face off on a neutral venue
  • black says:
    September 06, 2013 07:43 pm
    who made dis rating. very poor. soo soo wrong wif da essien rating. he should get a higher rating.i ddnt expect much from him but even though he sits on chealsea bench he prooved he stil has IT.
  • Dr Who says:
    September 06, 2013 07:49 pm
    Honestly,I love the morale of Zambia players they were tough nuts to crack especially Sunzu.This Zambians could have surprised us if their players and supporters had kept quite prior to the game.their utterances woke us
    September 06, 2013 07:49 pm
  • olonka says:
    September 06, 2013 07:54 pm
    Congratulations to the Zambians,they have really surprise me .bravo, bravo ,bravo.
  • NAIJA the GIANT says:
    September 06, 2013 08:10 pm
    You shouldn't have denied them a facility to train on! Very unafrican indeed(not civilized).
  • YAW says:
    September 06, 2013 08:13 pm
    HOW DO U PPL DO YOUR rating ? what are your parameters ? even flops were rated 8? OMG come again .
  • benny says:
    September 06, 2013 08:26 pm
    Essien watered the interactive play of the Zambian's down.Ghana allowed them too much space.Even though we won,l don't think we were too impressive. The rating is not a true reflection of play.We should learn shot passes play.Long kicks and aimless long kicks only play into the hands of the opponent.At a point getting to the end of the first half as well as the beginning of the 2nd half,we were just playing aimlessly. Essien's introduction settled our play.
  • fabs says:
    September 06, 2013 08:30 pm
    Zambia lost even with FIFA points the team still couldn't qualify and yet still talking...neutral territory my arse. You got beat by 4 points when it should have been 7. Sudan are the ones I have sympathy for.
  • fabs says:
    September 06, 2013 08:35 pm
    Agree, Essien calmed us. The team in midfield has talent but lacks leadership, so when it was time to play short balls and hold the ball, we were rushing. However with Muntari and KPB introduced into the side and Essien as an option that will help the team develop some calm play. Also I think Frank Achaempong should play against Japan I rate him
  • Kobs says:
    September 06, 2013 08:38 pm
    Essien should look to move on loan to a premier league club...he is not the same player from 4 years ago but is still quality.
  • OGYA says:
    September 06, 2013 09:01 pm
    I do not understand why the Black Stars play the way they do. I was not impressed at all with anything they did on the field. What pissed me off was their lack of killer instinct, worst of all given up an easy goal like that was embarrassing. I always criticize Asamoah Gyan but today I was impressed with his performance today but he doesn't deserve a 9/10 rating. Akwasi Appiah as I have always said is not a good coach, any other team would have given the Stars a real problem. How can a team come back from half time and already showing fatigue and sloppiness? They stood around watching the Zambians in their 18 yard area and allowed them to score a goal that wasn't supposed to happen. We have a big problem coming to us if we do not change this behavior. In the WC he will be exposed as a mediocre coach.
  • Viper says:
    September 06, 2013 09:33 pm
    Walahi,Dauda isn't good enough,if Ghana is to go forward,a better team will punish severely,how many times did he fumble the ball??? The kid is not good,FFS he is warming the bench of a South African side,Kwaseray should be a number one...this is not good, the defence too look yawa paa...we have seriously work on our defence and the goalkeeper,change of personal will do...
  • flexmond says:
    September 06, 2013 09:40 pm
    Excused me, who did that horrible rating? was the person watching a different game? How wld he rate the Zambians then 19/10.
  • Ojam says:
    September 06, 2013 10:04 pm
    AA and Konadu would qualify us to Brazil,however the team would not survive the group stages!The technical team still lacks quality and real tactical and strategic knowledge! Ghana has really very good players and these players are lucky to be playing under very good coaches abroad! These players bring in a lot of know-how and experience from their clubs and when strategically "dressed" are "world class" players! The Zambians looked better than the Black Stars today not because their players were better, but because they were better "set up" for the match! Like I said , our coaches still lack the experience and quality because they are still not up to the real international coaching standard! Sorry to say that but that is the truth and nothing but the truth!
  • illegal says:
    September 06, 2013 10:35 pm
    poor ratings...infact very poor...dont let other international sites ridicule ur job..... *word*
  • Dan says:
    September 06, 2013 10:41 pm
    @Ojam, you said it all. Give these quality players to a competent coach and you will see the worldcup silverware coming to Ghana.
  • dede says:
    September 07, 2013 12:11 am
    @Ojam,u nailed it straight yes we can qualify but we can never scale through as we did the previouse world AA lucks tactice and is not a good coach to say the truth.Foreign coaches will do us better.
  • Anokwale says:
    September 07, 2013 12:31 am
    Ojam: I must respectfully disagree. The key to this game was that Appiah gave the players the green light to take long range shots. At the end of the day, KASA's goal showed that was a smart move. I will agree that in the first ten minutes and the last 20 minutes of the game Zambia dominated and we looked a bit disjointed but we dominated the middle section of the game. My position is that if this team can produce two goals in regular time in every game, they can win or draw a majority of games even against some of the European and South American powerhouses. I think that Appiah has gradually moved this team away from the "One Goal Project". I think this is an important accomplishment.
  • ghanaba says:
    September 07, 2013 12:41 am
    i bet you will prefer some stupid serbian to come and coach us instead of our own. I think they are doing very well. This team is not playing any different from our qualifiers to the two previous world cups. National team building takes time and its not magic and cannot be compared to club football where the coaches train with the players every day. World cup qualifiers in particular are really difficult all around the world. We are on the right path and building up to the finals.
    September 07, 2013 01:18 am
  • sam says:
    September 07, 2013 02:14 am
    aaaaaaaa ghanasoccernet,what type of ratings is this?what match are you talking about?was it ghana vs zambia or marseil vs lyon that you are rating Dede Ayew 9/10 and giving Essien 6/10?go and watch the game again and see if not the introduction Essien that saves us the game zambians were playing.Go Essien,Go Ghana.
  • nana says:
    September 07, 2013 02:29 am
    Daniel Opare persistently lose possession and I don't know what was wrong with him yet he gets a wholesome rating, I'm shocked. From where I was sitting, Kwesi Appiah was not happy and he always turn to Maxwell Konadu to show him Opare's lapse .Please next time don't rush in doing ratings.
  • fabulous says:
    September 07, 2013 03:13 am
    I don't think u people watched the much, how can u rate opare 8/10, he deserve 2/10 he completed only two passes in the game and his defence was more than awful. Next time open ur eye.
  • Dr Who says:
    September 07, 2013 03:46 am
    @Anokwale,I concur with you....those making predictions at the WC should stop.AA has done very very Well.....Zambia had free pts to top the group but AA did so Well with the materials hé had to win the group.what more dó you expert from him? is about winning.did we not play better in our two previous meetings with Zambia? What was those scorelines?.....its time we tap him and say Well done to AA.Had hé been a foreign coach am sure we Will be calling him a 'tactician'...this Zambia Team is a Well drilled side who never lost to Ivory Coast and Nigeria in recent times so let appretiate the thing I like about AA is his ability to successfully replace our faded stars like John Mensah,Anthony Annan,Derek Boateng,John Painstil,Olele and the rest.....if we qualify for the WC,we will be aspiring to be the first african Team to qualify for three successive WC's....lets support AA to achieve that.
  • King says:
    September 07, 2013 05:05 am
    Foool, nobody denied them a facility to train on, We are a disciplined country so u jx dnt cam here n do anyfn u want. U we're givn the time to train n u rfused to turn up... Wha d fuck is wrong wd ds pple koraa.... U av such an important match n u go roaming n arrive in barely 24 hrs b4 the kick off.
  • kkknj says:
    September 07, 2013 05:21 am
  • Me Ghanaba says:
    September 07, 2013 05:28 am
    Essien carried d dae wen he came on. Dis z bad rating or ?
  • doc says:
    September 07, 2013 05:39 am
    this the most useless ratings i hav ever seen. How do u get every1 rate wrong, no 1 got above 7 in ghanas team otherwise conglats ghana
  • Ray Ray says:
    September 07, 2013 05:55 am
    Stop Talking about SUDAN already!!! One game is not related to the next, do you know anything about soccer at all? Our peformance against Sudan and the "FREE" points have nothing to do with GHANA VS ZAMBIA. If you look at in from a realistic point of view we beat you head to head, our missing out has nothing to do with our quality or Ghana's but our shortcomings for various reasons against Lesotho and SUDAN. You we beat already, so have nothing really to prove to you!
  • Zambian says:
    September 07, 2013 06:21 am
    MY FAIR RATING; 1. Kwado asamoa’s goal was classic 2.Nathan sinkala’s goal was marvelous 3.Waris’s goal was a luck one. Zambia thot the ball had gone out of play. 3.SUNZU was the strongest defender of the day. 4.Esses tho looked old and tired brough stability in your midfield. USELESS PLAYERS OF THE DAY; 1.Gyn..Was a passanger 2.Ayew. kept falling like an idot..try his young brother. 3.Mayuka. Kept being caught offside. useles boy 3.Himoonde; the fool was sleeping and allowed that silly first goal. marvel to watch; kalaba,chisamba,KWADO and fyayo. We lost but were not dissapointed!!
  • Keage says:
    September 07, 2013 06:28 am
    Better ratings: Dauda- 6.5, Opare-6.5, Afful-5., Mensah-6., Boye-7, Rabiu-6.5, K. Asamoah-7.5, Wakaso- 6.5, Ayew- 7, Waris- 6.5, Gyan- 6. Subs Essien- 7, Atsu- 6 , Badu- 5.5 . PERIOD!
  • rooo says:
    September 07, 2013 06:56 am
    Ghanaians talk too much, Zambia has beaten as for the past 21 years. we beat them and qualified on top of our group with 15 points. Did we think we were going to beat Zambia by like 4 goals. Zambia has been training for like 2 months. I congratulate the Gh team for the victory. thos complaining are stupppid
  • yaayaa don says:
    September 07, 2013 07:32 am
    Who are those stupid mentally retarded hypocrites saying AA is not a gud coach? Let ur fathers and mothers come and coach. Fools. Wat else do u want, ur mothers' asses? Didn't u hear him say de players didn't even play according to his tactics or u want him wear jersey n cum n play. Zambia is a gud team n dats d fact. Go n ask ur motherfucking grand parents n dey will tel u ghana has never beaten zambia after 92. Kwasi Appiah has done d trick n u say all kinds of shit. Fools!!!!
  • ghanaba says:
    September 07, 2013 07:36 am
    @yaayaa don. I support u. Bigman, u ve sed it all. Tanx
  • don king says:
    September 07, 2013 08:14 am
    this ratings is nt a fair reflection of what we all saw at baba yara, actually we won yes bt d zambians really dominated d game, opare really disappointed me giving faulty passes, majeed, KASA were ok, bt essien was fantastik, he really showed experience wen he was introduced
  • yaayaa don says:
    September 07, 2013 08:36 am
    it seems u know nothing about football,fool. ask ur father to come and coach. what different thing could a foreign coach have done better than AA did?
  • yaayaa don says:
    September 07, 2013 08:39 am
    it seems u know nothing about football,fool. ask ur father to come and coach. what different thing could a foreign coach have done better than AA did?
  • Hachempong says:
    September 07, 2013 08:48 am
    You should be ashamed of yourselves after the treatment you gave the Zambian team.You can only cerebrate with your heads downcast.Shame to the kind premitivity that you exhibited. You did the same to Lesotho delaying them at the airport,playing a fatigued team you beat them with cricket goals. You cant be proud of your performance shameless chaps
  • yaayaa don says:
    September 07, 2013 08:50 am
    well said Doc.... u got football eyes.
  • quincy owusu abeyie says:
    September 07, 2013 09:30 am