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Ghanaian fans hail Goran Stevanovic's tactics

Published on: 30 March 2011

By Patrick Akoto

Ghanaian soccer fans have hailed the tactics of head coach Goran Stevanovic following a spectacular second display from the team in their historic 1-1 draw with England.

The Serbian threw his hat into the ring in the second half by making six substitutions which worked perfectly for the team.

Standard Liege's Daniel Opare replaced Lee Addy while Jonathan Mensah took the position of the injured Isaac Vorsah who combined effectively with Captain John Mensah.

Getafe enforcer Derek Boateng put up a critic-silence performance for the Black Stars with an awe-inspiring, inter-positional and excellent passes in the midfield after he replaced Anthony Annan.

Sulley Muntari made way for younger Andre Dede Ayew while hot-form striker Prince Tagoe came on for Dominic Adiyiah and the changes changed the dynamics of the game until a 91st individual brilliance from Asamoah Gyan rocked Wembley with an African beat.

On radio shows on Tuesday night, callers expressed their satisfaction with the approach of the 44-year-old former assistant coach of Serbia and Montenegro.

''The coach has shown that he's the right man for the job and his substitution shows he’s the right man for the job and he needs all our support,'' A fan told Asempa FM

Another one said: ''Plavi is my man for the game despite the fact Asamoah Gyan got that spectacular game. His changes were swift and it paid the dividends quite well.''

Local fans poured onto the street in the West African country after Gyan's later leveler and celebrated deep into the night.

Comments

  • Jean BOAT says:
    March 30, 2011 11:16 am
    This is my selected players for 2012 national Team. 1.Goalies are Sammy Adjei,Daniel Adjei,Isaac Amoako 2.Left-foot back are Nana Kwasi Asare,David Addy,Harison Afful 3.Right-footBack are John paintsil,Samuel Inkoom,Issah Ahmed,Daniel Opare 4.Central Defenders are Jonathan Mensah,Isaac Vorsah,John Boye,John Mensah 5.Midfielders are Micheal Essien,Sulley Muntari,Prince Buabeng,Prince Boateng,Andre Ayew,Derick Boateng,Anthony Annan,Mubarak Wakasu,Bernard Kumordzi, 6.Attackers are Kwadwo Asamoah,Ransford Osei, 7.Strickers are Asamoah Gyan,Owusu Abayie,Nathanial Asamoah and Dominic adiyiah.
  • alton gordon says:
    March 30, 2011 11:43 am
    @Saba my brother that you agree on Adiyiah as this lad showed a powerful commitment and a strong and willing heart as instead of,which would have been quite understandable,using his dear Father"s funeral as an excuse to break camp he stayed with his team and helped secured 3 vital points for his nation.At 20yrs.of age this is love and true commitment to his nation and must forever be respected for that.I doubt that any one else in the squad played under the high emotional stress that Dominic played under and he did produce.The goals will come to complete his game.Oh add Karim Alhassan and Awal Mohammed to that list of central defenders and i rather like that right back from Ashanti Kotoko called Yaw Acheampong.Even though he has broken my heart by going off to ,is it Indonesia?,Frank Acheampong is my star of the future along with Jordan.You are so right about Acquah.GHANA YOUR FUTURE IS SECURE!I hope he continue to prosper all the best to Plavi as many of you know my choice for coach has always been Ghanaian or African but i must say i am impressed thus far as i rate this man way above Milo.
  • onevim says:
    March 30, 2011 12:03 pm
    @Jean BOAT you dont know you are saying sammy Adyie?for 2012?come on...well all the players play well and the fun wow they are good and confidence
  • Kris says:
    March 30, 2011 11:04 am
    Sebaceous you see if you criticize like this, you will have no problem with anyone. So i will give you this one you point make more sense. Overall i think the team did well and the coach was very good let not forget the fans they were marvelous.
  • sabacious says:
    March 30, 2011 09:54 am
    i see some positive signs in him,his substitution was perfect but he gotta work on his choice of players.lee addy dont even deserve to warm the stars bench again,tagoe might be good but not a B.S material at the moment,badu might be good but derek boateng,essien,annan,kpb and sulley are far better than him in his position asuch he can be given a sometime to improve his game and lastly adiyiah can be around the team and learn,cos i see some potential in him.once again congrat to plaivi and the players.i was happy to see him communicating with kwasi appiah when thing was difficult for the team,for now the only minus is his choice of players.central defenders-john boye,jonathan mensah,john mensah,vorsah and issah ahmed)left full backs-david addy,opare,nana akwasi.right fullbacks-paintsil,opare,inkoom.-central midfielders-essien,kp boateng,derek boateng,annan,afriyie acquah,sulley,k.asamoah.left wingers(midfielder)kwadwo asamoah,sulley,dede ayew,abeyie,wakaso-rigth wingers(midfielders)opoku agyemang,kpb,jordan ayew,k.asomoah)strikers-gyan,abeyie,amoah,adiyiah,owusu acheapong,jordan ayew and eric bekoe.looking at the following players,one can figure out that,most of our players can play more than one position.if the GFA and plaivi decides to monitor this players and invite players from the names mentioned here.the sky will be the limit for ghana football.we need players with exception talent to don the national jersey
  • Pee says:
    March 30, 2011 10:07 am
    Certainly Plavi is demonstrating that he is a good reader of the game as he has the highest known coaching certificate in football: UEFA Pro license which Sir Alex Ferguson has not even got but he is respected only for his 20yr experience.
  • Kobby says:
    March 30, 2011 10:17 am
    @Sabacious, I agree with you. These are very objective comments.
  • Kwame Agyare says:
    March 30, 2011 10:17 am
    @ Sabacious, Who is Afriyie Acquah?...and what have you seen of him. The boy is yet nurturing his trade,and after only a few cameo appearances for Palermo, you've started calling for his inclusion.Ebeii!!! Are you his manager? Even though i don't think Agyeman Badu is a black star material, at present, he is far better than Afriyie. So please leave the young boy and let him smoothen his play first.
  • sabacious says:
    March 30, 2011 10:30 am
    @KWAME AGYARE afiyie acquah is upcoming ghaanaian footballer playing for palermo, the same age like jack wilshire whom badu and annan was struggling lastnite to handle him lol.is pity that some of u guys talk from emotion rather than facing the facts on the ground.if i may ask,have u ever watch acquah playing?how do u compare two players?acquah is a good tackler of the ball,dribles well,a good passer of the ball,joins attack and can shot from distance unlike badu who his only plus is chasing his own shadow and commiting fowls anytime his go in for a challenge.just find the crip of palermo vs ac milan this month and judge for urself the few minutes acquah was on.masa we talk talk for nothing oooo! we only want the best for ghana.out politicians has destroyed our beloved country,asuch what brings joy and happines to ghanaians,is when the stars win.if badu and tagoe lift up their game.trust me!i'll be the first on this site to call for their inclusion into the stars.for now plaivi has won my heart but he gotta work on his choice of players he invite into the stars!
  • TORNADO says:
    March 30, 2011 10:34 am
    Thank you Pee,for the information on Plavi's coaching pedigree. I hope the SELF-STYLED KITCHEN TRAINED COACHES will note that and respect the coach's tactics and his selection. These too known dudes should know it is easy to criticise than to create. They know that perhaps that's why they did not apply for the job when it became vacant. They rather want the easy bits:criticism. People are free to make suggestions. But it is wrong to attack the coach and players as if they know better than everybody. These Second hand coaches should shut their loose minds and allow the coach to do his job. He is new and as time goes by he will get all the right players on board. So those who think they know better should desist from the constant attacks especially when their favourite players are not picked and those that they hate are selected.
  • RANSFORDE says:
    March 30, 2011 10:48 am
    HAIL, HAIL, HAIL,TORNADO AND K. AGYARE. PERHAPS YOU PEOPLE DON'T REALLY KNOW ABOUT THIS SABACIOUS. HE IS AN EGOMANIAC; AN ATTENTION-SEEKER AND SOMEONE WHO IS DELUDED IN THINKING HE KNOWS ABOUT FOOTBALL BETTER THAN ANYBODY INCLUDING QUALIFIED COACHES. ALL HE DOES IS ATTACK GHANAIAN PLAYERS ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGSTERS. I HAVE GOT A DOSSIER OF THE RUBBISH THAT HE HAS MADE ABOUT GHANAIAN PLAYERS. FIRST HE INSULTED THE INTELLIGENCE OF GHANAIAN PLAYERS CLAIMING THE UNEDUCATED AND UNABLE TO WRITE PROPER ENGLISH; HE THEN ATTACKED COACH MILO FOR CALLING OUR U20 STARS INTO THE BLACK STARS; HE ATTACKED DEDE AYEW; DOMINIC ADIYIAH; OPOKU AGYEMAN; AGYEMAN BADU CLAIMING THEY DON'T PLAY FOR TOP TEAMS; PLAY FOR LOWER DIVISION TEAMS AND ARE BENCHWARMERS. NOW GHANA IS REAPING THE FULL BENEFIT OF MILO'S DECISION TO GET THE YOUNGSTERS ON BOARD. SO THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW DESTRUCTIVE THIS SABACIOUS IS TO THE PROGRESS OF GHANA FOOTBALL. GOD FORBID, IF GHANA HAD FOLLOWED HIS STUPID IDEAS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE GOT THE INPUT THESE YOUNGSTERS ARE SHOWING. I WILL COME BACK WITH THE REST OF THE STUPID AND OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENTS ABOUT GHANA PLAYERS.
  • brento says:
    March 30, 2011 12:38 pm
    PLAYERS FOR BLACK STARS ALWAYS WE HAVE OUR BEST 11 NOW 1) KINGSTON 2) PANTSIL 3) LEE ADDY 4) ISAAC VORSAH 5) JOHN MENSAH 6) DERICK BOATENG 7) PRINCE BOATENG 8) MICHAEL ESSIEN 9) ASMAOAH GYAN 10)KWADJO ASAMOAH 11)MUNTARI G
  • frank says:
    March 30, 2011 12:38 pm
    u guys make reading interesting but your comments are too long
  • appoere says:
    March 30, 2011 01:08 pm
    @ Pee, better watch what you say, its good to praise the Ghana coach but don't ever in your life compare him to Sir Alex Ferguson. if you really want to learn go and read about the "BIO" or Fergie and you will know that he is not only respected for his coaching experience but more so for his achievements which Plavi will even want to emulate. Fergie has not only done it for one club but many. St.Mirren FC, Aberdeen Football Club (FC)-"The outstanding team-building talent of Sir Alex Ferguson helped the Dons’ team to take the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Cup Winners’ Cup in 1982-83" He is also noted for his good scouting experience. spotted young talents like Billy Stark, Tony Fitzpatrick, Lex Richardson, Frank McGarvey, Bobby Reid and Peter Weir. Through to Chicharito. DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO TALK ABOUT FERGIE. People who want to talk sports must really learn. not to talk about his done at MANCHESTER UNITED. "THE ONLY SIR IN FOOTBALL" CONGRATS TO THE BLACK STARS AND PLAVI FOR A GOOD JOB DONE!!!!!!
  • Henry Mvula, Mzuzu University,Malawi says:
    March 30, 2011 01:24 pm
    The Black stars deserve a complimentary pat on their back. I& my fellow students here in Nyasaland were in the seventh heaven,indeed on cloud nine when the flag carriers of African football scored that equalizing superb goal.Bravo the Black stars!Bravo the Coach!
  • alton gordon says:
    March 30, 2011 01:25 pm
    @Pee,my brother the greatest coaches in the history of "The Beautiful Game"never had"certis"but something even greater............Footballing intelligence and instinct.In ur remark you sought,in a most casual manner,to dismiss the greatest coach of the past 20yrs.incomparable record of achievements and accomplishments all because of some silly paper.Blashpemy!And this is coming from a lifelong 38yrs.LIVERPOOL ADDICT!
  • Popo says:
    March 30, 2011 01:39 pm
    I absolutely agree with every comment from Sabacious...Agyeman Badu's contribution to the team was nothing to write home about,Lee Addy should say bye bye to the team.Afriyie Acquah shd be given the chance to prove his mettle to the team.How many appearances has Badu made for Udinese this season..Its good we keep trying unsung heroes and draft them into the team cuz if we want to achieve laurels we shd go with the best.
  • Boro says:
    March 30, 2011 03:50 pm
    Guys, I dont think Afriyie Acquah has gotten there yet. I watched the full Milan-Palermo match when he came on as a sub for Palermo. Yes he came on with a lot of enthusiasm and passion but I dont think he is there yet. He hasn't got flair, a key requirement for a Ghanaian midfielder. I think he will improve with time but for now there are better qualified players we can feature!
  • tibay says:
    March 30, 2011 03:54 pm
    With all the years and experience I have in watching and playing soccer. I think the best substitution was Derrick Boateng. His control of the ball and movement made us have control of the midfield and connection of the midfield to attack which was lacking before. Congrats to all the stars. Congrats to all you guys who were there to support and cheer. Congrats to all of you who at your various places showing love and support to all. Congrats to Ghana.
  • samee says:
    March 30, 2011 03:54 pm
    Lets not insult in our football analyses. @Saba, you make very interesting points, i respect ur opinions even as flawed as they are. This game that was played from the bench. I have a simple quesion. Can we get our coaches to think like Plavi's and the Mourinhou's or we (Ghanaian coaches) are too daft to reason to that level? What is the GFA doing? (this is their work). We are Africa number one. Black Starts (A-) Local black stars/local coaches/local clubs/local league/Junior teams (F----, stinking, smelln bad bad bad bad). Lets sustain the success of the black stars and work on the local football.
  • lè shaq says:
    March 30, 2011 04:27 pm
    We should stop talking about this Afriyie Acquah boy, he not matured enough to play the Black stars yet.Yes he is strong but very jitery on the ball and looses concentration very often cos the cameo appearances does not make him much confident. The U21 will be good for him to sharpen his alartness, even the Italian commentaters have been saying this about him. He will be good if he get more matches but now he is not a Black star material after monitering him with an eagle eye.
  • Con_bacchus says:
    March 30, 2011 04:38 pm
    This Sabacious boy kraa...wo ye mouth mouth papa!!
  • Jerro,GREECE says:
    March 30, 2011 04:44 pm
    I am and will forever be grateful to Plavi for letting all true football lovers in Ghana discover the true Derrick Boateng. I happened to watch him play when he was at Panathinakos(Greece). This was what made the management of the team get him. For once we have a coach who gives the players the chance to play their football with only a little guidance from him and that is why you saw Danny Opare and Boateng doing their thing without fear. They were told to move forward and that is exactly what they were doing. You find out that even paintsil was even searching for goals. Hmmmm Ghana football.We love Plavi. He is slowly bringing back our free flowing soccer. Goodbye to our one goal project.
  • Assez says:
    March 30, 2011 06:05 pm
    Thank God the GFA did not commit the mistake of picking Herbert Addo for the job or any other local coach for the job. Serbians all the way.......
  • Boro says:
    March 30, 2011 07:27 pm
    Thank you BS...some game highlights here enjoy... http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/england-ghana-official-pitchside-highlights-8905835/
  • keith from germany says:
    March 30, 2011 08:12 pm
    U SEE THIS SABCIOUS.HE IS NOW CHANGING HIS MIND.DIDNT U SAY THAT ADIYIAH DONT DERSERVE TO BE CALLED?u are now eating ur own words!! LET ME TELL U CRITICS OF BADU SOMETHING.BADU WAS VERY HUSTLING N FIGHTING FOR 50-50 BALLS.im surprised u are criticising the players u dont like for example tagoe,adiyiah,badu n lee addy.wat about annan n kwadwo asamoah who didnt perform well against england?? as people say,u sabacious,u are just an attention seeker. so long as plavi is in charge of affairs n badu keep on impressing him,he will be a blackstar material. u sabacious always criticize the team aimlessly n uselessly even when the stars are performing. U ARE JUST DISSAPOINTED THAT MOST OF UR PLAYERS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE STARS SET UP: BECUZ U HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR THE SAME CROP OF PLAYERS OVER N OVER AGAIN.FORMERLY IT WAS KWAME QUANSAH,NANA ASARE,PRINCE BUABENG,ERIC BEKOE NOW IT IS WAKASO N AFRIYIE AQUAH. MR SWEDISH HUSTLER STOP CONFUSING URSELF
  • sabacious says:
    March 30, 2011 08:23 pm
    for the first time i agree with you keith. im sorry about adiyiah's comments some months ago. anyway i wish to take this opportunity and apologise to all the forumites who loves and hate me. its not always that im right. peace!!
  • alton gordon says:
    March 30, 2011 09:42 pm
    @SABA,well done brother this is the response,not vulgar or insulting remarks,that is most appropriate and it is good to see that you carefully went back and analyzed Adiyiah after reading what a couple of us had to say about his seeming quality,well done.Nothing wrong with a little humility instead makes you a greater man.From Jamaica to Ghana and wider Mother Africa Love and honour.
  • David from Honolulu says:
    March 30, 2011 10:18 pm
    The Hawaiian people congratulate their African brothers for their superb display of skills in vanquishing the English on their home ground, bravo!
  • Koby says:
    March 31, 2011 07:24 am
    Reading through all the comments, I noticed that they were one or two criticisms;it wasn't ascerbic as has been the norm. Kudos guyz! I guess we all have Ghana at heart. And WOW!!!!! Sabacious,we've not seen eye to eye on some occasions, but this is maturity at its height!!I don my hat off for you! @ Alton Gordon. Greetings bro
  • pee says:
    March 31, 2011 02:39 pm
    @appoere, but my basis for comparison is not experience and achievements but rather certificate. I think Ferguson is a good coach with a lot to experience and achievements but the fact is that he has not got the highest coaching certificate! Probably bcos the UEFA Pro License is a latter day creation.
  • keith frm germany says:
    March 31, 2011 04:15 pm
    sabacious we are here to learn from eachother.
  • alton gordon says:
    March 31, 2011 04:40 pm
    @Pee,so what is more important,a piece of paper or the fact that he has been getting the job done?And NO,he is not a good coach...............HE IS A VERY GREAT COACH AND HAS BEEN THE GREATEST FOR THE PAST 20YRS.Again coming from a lifelong Liverpool addict.When Bechenbaur won the 1990 World Cup he eventually dumped his certificate that some German journalists had insisted he got,as he said it was his yours of experience as a great player and his knowledge and intelligence of football that allowed him to guide his nation to victory.He didn"t even remember a thing that was taught at those classes back then.@Koby,wait what"s up man as it has been awhile,good to hear from you and blessings for you and your family.
  • jesse says:
    March 31, 2011 05:37 pm
    I think Daniel Opare has come to stay and its time Lee Addy packs bag and baggage.He was outrun by Stuart Downing and Baines.When Opare the speedster came on in the second half,he neutralized those attack minded players and kept them at bay. Glad to see Sabacious post a remorseful comment.Its high time you stop all those unnecessary criticism.I mean look at how that overated Ashley Young miss that begging chance and that of Downing miss that same chance Gyan missed at the side netting but you will not find English fans castigating him.Sabaciuos has now seen that Sebian coaches are good after castigating Milo and this new coach even when he has not been appointed yet calling for Odenke to be coach.Well he has repented now.Big ups Keith from Germany!