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Hearts coach Mohammed Polo backs Black Stars to progress

Published on: 17 June 2014
Ghana's World Cup bench

By Simon Amonoo, Kumasi Correspondent

Ghana legend Mohammed Polo says the Black Stars can advance from the taxing Group G if the team’s defensive frailties are addressed.

After Monday’s 2-1 defeat to USA, the Black Stars have faint hopes of reaching the knockout stage.

The 2010 World Cup finalists must beat in-form leaders Germany on Saturday to breathe life into their campaign.

Polo, who coached Hearts of Oak in the just ended Ghana Premier League season, is refusing to rule out the team’s chances of reaching the second round.

"It's very likely that we would qualify," Polo told Kumasi-based Metro FM

"This is not the first time we are losing our first game in a world cup tournament.

"In 2006, we lost our first match but yet we were able to qualify.

"The boys have to know that there is nothing that they have to do than to play all out in the remaining two games and make sure that we qualify. They have to go all out.

"The defensive lapses should also be curtailed. If not, we could be punished at anytime."


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • jb says:
    June 17, 2014 11:16 am
    i can't understand the coach at all, at this stage experience is very crucial. how could you leave ess and kp on the bench. is easy to say we will beat germany and portugal and qualify but guys let us be real our world cup for the knock out stage is over
  • AfrikaBoy says:
    June 17, 2014 11:11 am
    John Boye was so disappointing last night. For such an experienced player to lack the composure neesed in center back? I miss the cool, composed Akaminko. A center back at this levek doesn't get dribbled like that in the box.
  • bbc says:
    June 17, 2014 12:10 pm
    the always looses every first much he pays i believe we will make it out of the group
  • bbc says:
    June 17, 2014 12:12 pm
    the coach always looses his much he plays i believe we win make it out of the group
  • ebeathar says:
    June 17, 2014 11:55 am
    That is the truth. Our team is led by incompetence. I mean, it is so clueless to hear the coach say his guys lost concentration. That wasn't the case! He virtually didn't have a plan to control the game. Considering the kind of talent we have, you would expect the coach to do much better that this. This time around, I think we are paying for the shear arrogance. Considering the guy's performance at the ACN, we should have changed course. Like I always say, mediocrity is always celebrated in Ghana.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    June 17, 2014 01:14 pm
    I said it b4 the only way out of this group is by winning our first game.since it didn't happen I cannot think of any other escape route.both goals we conceded yesterday were all defensive blunders,there are way better defenders in Ghana now than boye and mensah who looks like is the first time they're playing in front of croud..nonsense
  • access says:
    June 17, 2014 10:46 am
    We still have two games to play,,,,,Ghana will beat Germany one nill ,,,,One goal project will do it....
  • jerry.-- austria says:
    June 17, 2014 10:25 am
    Kwasia realistic. perharps u v lost a grasp of touch of reality. our team is led by incompetence and cluelessness.
  • OGYA says:
    June 17, 2014 10:26 am
    Obviously these guys have their heads screwed on wrongly. Our WC hopes are gone. Akwesi Appiah, Nyantakyi and all the hoodlums at the GFA should be sent packing.
  • kojo says:
    June 17, 2014 10:28 am
    Keep dreaming. We're don with this tournament
  • AfrikaBoy says:
    June 17, 2014 11:06 am
    UNACCEPTABLES: Giving up such an earky goal. Letting a guy dribbled his way into the box. Giving up such a late goal. Giving up a goal si soon after tying the game. Letting a guy walk in so free for a header in the box. Not starting two of your most experienced players in Essien and Boateng in such an important game. All of these are simply unacceptable in such a level of competition.
  • Cnn says:
    June 17, 2014 02:11 pm
    Salas Tetteh will be a very good replacement for AA.