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How Ghana players fared against Egypt in friendly

Posted On Thursday, 10th January 2013

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

MTNFootball.com assesses the performances of the Black Stars against Egypt in Thursday’s pre-Africa Cup of Nations friendly in Abu Dhabi. 

Ghana’s goals were scored by Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and Asamoah Gyan.

Fatau Dauda 8/10

The AshGold shot-stopper took over the gloves from regular Adam Kwarasey and hugely impressed on his second full Ghana debut.

The 27-year-old twice denied the Pharoahs with world class saves.

In the 69th minute, he timed his movement well to block a powerful low drive from Omar Gaber before stopping his magnificent save from an Amr Zaky pile-driver.

Harrison Afful 7/10

Afful was restored to his natural right-back role and he appeared comfortable in the opening half until he crashed into Ahmed Al Shenawy, the Egyptian goalkeeper.

However after the break, he found his rhythm and played the fine tune of the team until he was subbed in the 55th minute mark by Solomon Asante.

He won the free-kick that resulted in Ghana’s opening goal.
Jerry Akaminko 7/10

Though Egypt failed to create enough scoring opportunities from open play, the presence of an Akaminko and Boye partnership made their attack appeared even more vulnerable.

The Eskisehirspor center-back used his superior height to its maximum and appeared confident and comfortable in dealing with area balls.

John Boye 7/10

Boye was even more commanding as he marshalled the defence. He helped keep Al Sayed Hamdy and Ahmed Hassan Mekky in close check.

He seems to have mastered the act of dealing with opposition attacks and the Egyptians appeared no match for him on the night.

Anthony Annan 5/10

The Osasuna man was handed the armband with captain Gyan and Derek Boateng watching from the substitute bench.

However the pocket-size middle man lasted just 27 minutes after sustaining an injury.
Kwadwo Asamoah 8/10

The Juventus man underlined his impressive form for the Old Ladies in the Serie A even from a makeshift left-back in a diamond 4-3-2-1 formation.
A measure of his artistry and brilliance in the 54th minute set up his former club-mate Richmond Boakye-Yiadom who buried his close range effort with a precise finish.
The Egyptians failed to break down the barrier set by Asamoah on the left as he employed his physique and power to overcome his markers.
Wakaso Mubarak 7/10
The Espanyol man proved his worth with his crucial perseverance in what seemed like a free role.
His powerful cross from the left set up Agyemang-Badu for Ghana’s opening goal at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City.
Mohammed Rabiu 6/10
Rabiu was average in the middle and appeared somehow overshadowed by the performance of Badu, Annan and Boateng.
He however proved to be the best holder of the ball and also showed some good distribution skills.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 9/10
Agyemang-Badu was by far the most impressive player on the night.
He opened the scoring with a slamming header from a Mubarak Wakaso free-kick and nearly grabbed a brace on 56 minutes.
Badu’s pace, physique and power told on the Egyptians.
Emmanuel Clottey 5/10
The Esperance striker was slow in attack and failed to pick up the rhythm of the game.
Albert Adomah’s pace and style somehow appeared incomprehensible to him as he looked clueless.
Kwesi Appiah’s decision to substitute him before the start of the second-half was enough evidence.
Albert Adomah 6/10 
The Bristol City man ensured his speed on the right flank counted a lot. He sent in some crosses which need some polishing though.
Adomah was enterprising and early on in the second half, his crispy cross nearly resulted in the opener but Boakye-Yiadom’s header took a deflection.
Derek Boateng 7/10
After replacing Annan who suffered an injury in the 27th minute, the Fulham-bound midfielder did the job worth his sort.
He well marshalled the middle with his intelligent ball distribution and looked illustrious and composed.
Though he committed some few blunders which cannot take the shine off his glittering night.
Richmond Boakye-Yiadom 8/10
The Sassuolo man looked well composed in attack as he kept his composure to score Ghana’s second goal just nine minutes into the second half.
He timed his runs and positions well.
The on-loan Juventus player could have recorded a brace had it not been a quick reaction from the Egyptian goalkeeper in the 78th minute.
Solomon Asante 6/10
Asante came off to replace Harrison Afful after 55 minutes and he advertised some thrilling runs and dexterous moves down the right flanks.
His combination with his Chelsea teammate Kissi Boateng nearly brought a fourth goal for Ghana in the 86th minute.
Christian Atsu 7/10
The FC Porto whiz kid was the usual Atsu with his dazzling moves and thrills.
A dexterity ensured Asamoah Gyan scored the third goal in the 83rd minute.
Richard Kissi Boateng 5/10 
Boateng came off to replace Wakaso and gave a good account of himself with some lethal raids on the flanks.
Asamoah Gyan 6/10
Gyan lasted just 11 minutes and in these 11 minutes, he ensured his ball found the back of the net.

The Al Ain home latched onto a Christian Atsu sublime pass to slot home the third goal for Ghana.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Koffi says:

    Egypt is a finished team. Why waste your time rejoicing over egypt. You wil meet zambia or congo Dr you match.

    • Zombie 1 says:

      Koffi i cannot agree with you more! Ghana had nothing to achieve by playing a team that is not in the AFCON 2013.Egypt played very bad football and besides we saw some Ghana players limping off the field of play.I hope their injuries were not serious. Next Ghana should consider to play only teams in the tournament.

  2. Nedum says:

    even as a Nigerian i will definitely admit Ghana has a very strong team,even with noticeable absence of key players like Sulley and the Ayew brother’s…i will tip them to go far in this tournament if AA can maintain the tactical discipline that seems to be brewing with good effect,just like Nigeria Ghana is rebuilding and giveing channces to young players who will form the core of the future generation(s)…i earnestly look forward to the Black stars meeting us again somewhere in the semi-finals.

  3. aa says:

    Honestly Nedum. I only watch Can because of Ghana vs Nigeria derby’s. We all think we know who will win but No one really knows who will win. loool Even if Nigeria lost by 4-0 to a team previously, they will play that game differently.

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      NO TIRI MU D3 OR COMPLACENCY, PLS

      KEYS TO WIN AFCON!
      IF THIS SQUAD WANTS TO WIN. DO THIS, AA.
      1. NO SEX, NO PORNO MAGAZINES
      2. LIFT METAL. INCORPORATE WEIGHT LIFTING INTO YOUR TRAINING REGIMENT.
      3. PRACTICE AT NIGHTIME. CORNER KICKS, PENALTIES, FREE KICKS. THIS IS WAT KOBE BRYANT, THE NEGRO BASEBALL PLAYERS, BARRY BONDS, MICHAEL JORDAN,
      ARTHUR ASHE DID. IF U CAN HIT A BASEBALL OR TENNIS BALL AT NITE, SINK FREE THROWS WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED. THEN WHAT WILL BE THE ODDS WHEN U
      HAVE TO HIT THE SAME BALL IN THE DAYTIME?
      3. ADOPT THE 532 FORMATION. PLAY BREAK AND PASS SOCCER. 2/3 TOUCHES. TRIANGLE STYLE ATTACK LIKE BARCELONA!
      TRIANGULAR PASSING AND MOVING WITH THE BALL
      4. PSYCHOLOGY: HANG A PICTURE OF THE 1982 SQUAD THAT WON THE TROPHY IN YOUR HOTEL ROOMS. IF U SEE THE PIC LONG ENUFF, U WILL BELIEVE U CAN WIN THE TROPHY.
      5. THE BOYS HAVE TO PLAY WITH SUPREME CONFIDENCE LIKE SUPERMAN N TRUST EACH OTHER. FEAR IS AN ILLUSION….
      DO THIS AND VICTORY WILL BE OURS!
      6. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.
      7. HAVE DESAILLY ON SPEED DIAL
      8. BAN NYANTAKYI FROM GETTING CLOSE TO THE TEAM IN TRAINING CAMP. NYANTAKYI SHOULD BE IN GH. LOOKING OVER THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND MAKING SURE GH
      SOCCER IS ALIVE AND WELL, DEVOID OF ANY BAFOONERY. WAT IS HE DOING WITH THE TEAM IN SAUDI ARABIA? HE IS A HUGE DISTRACTION
      9. FYI: NO COORDINATED DANCES UNTIL GH REACHES THE FINAL, PLS. WE MEAN BUSINE$$.
      10.DEREK BOATENG SHOULD STOP HIS STUPID BACK PASSES. WE PLAY TO SCORE
      THIS IS YOUR JOB DEREK BOATENG
      A. BREAK/STOP ATTACKING ADVANCES OF OPPONENTS INTO THE GH HALF
      B. RELEASE THE BALL TO THE WINGERS OR THE $TRIKERS AND REST. I REPEAT, NO BACK PASSES!

      RECAP: SIMPLICITY AND SPEED WINS. TRUST ME…!!!
      BREAK AND PASS SOCCER, 2/3 TOUCHES PER PLAYER. TRIANGLE OFFENSE/ATTACK
      I BELIEVE IN MY ANCESTORS

  4. carruthers man says:

    Ghana today played as a team not as individual players who want to showcase themselves. We should all thank God that all those players who plays for themselves and not for the team has been dropped.
    If Ghana will play with the same attitude and mentality that I saw today, then we will go very far. possibly bringing the cup home.
    kudos boys, make Ghana proud.
    Ayew’ dropping from the team is a blessing in disguise

  5. Fu-Chu says:

    I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by how well Ghana played. They were very disciplined and on point. They played as a team. I have criticised Akwasi Appiah for dropping Dede, but he may be onto something here. We continue to observe.

  6. joe says:

    so all of u here ar rejoicing over dis shambollic performances? no playmaker,slow passes,slow build up,no threathful passes,complacency n dat boy afful my god! vry lethargic,no vision n does nt even deserve to wear dat jersey.wait til u meet ivory coast n there d criticism wil surely start. only atsu showed whom a real player is. did u se his ball control n vision? no wonder som of d players ar bench warmers all season when they go 2 their various clubs.

    • ghanaman says:

      None of the players are bench warmers….

    • Diogenes says:

      I have seen Ghana with all our top players play with all their talents and skill and we lost terribly. How often have they disappointed us in both friendly matches and in tournaments? Several! Sometimes we need some consolation like this 3:0 win. We all saw the weaknesses that you have listed above, but we know for sure that the reasons for the weaknesses are tangible: this is a new Ghana team, about 10 of the players are rookies to AFCON, THEY HAVE ROOM TO IMPROVE, if not I will be the first to criticize them. For now let’s congratulate them and see if they would deliver victory against Tunisia…..and so on….

  7. carruthers man says:

    Frankly speaking, Dede Ayew and Jordan has always been selfish players. they play to gain fame and popularity for themselves but not for the team.
    image if Dede and his brother were playing today, they will rather waste chances than to give the ball to the right person position at the right place to score.
    Infact Dede plays good sometimes, but too much handling and dribbling to showcase his talent and eventually losing the ball to the opponent doesnt move the team forward.

    • Nii Kwatei says:

      Your reasoning is illogical. Just because we won a match WITHOUT Dede, doesn’t mean we would have lost WITH Dede on the team. I bet he would even added another goal or two to the scoreline.

  8. carruthers man says:

    My brother Joe, I want u to know that modern soccer is not about a PLAYMAKER, but rather scoring goals and winning.
    You can have a playmaker like Dede who sometimes want to dribble the whole field, and then either kick the ball wide or losses it without any goals.
    or tell me, which one would you prefer, one or two touch from defence to goal.
    Zambia won Afcon as a team, and their focus was fewer touches to the net. but not dribbling and dribbling and dribbling and losing.

  9. zoom2 says:

    we should not judge this performance as a basis to access the quality of our players for the tournament because the egyptian players were inactive for one year due to suspension of their league and that might in some way affected their play.however, if the team can hold their own against stronger teams such as ivory coast with the same intensity and determination they show against inactive egypt the team will go places.more grease to their elbow

  10. Gimli says:

    I don’t think that it is fair to give Anthony Annan, a score 5/10, just because he played only for 25 minutes. Until the minute of his substitution, he was clearly the best player on the field. I was so impressed by his performance as i’m concerned for his injury. The team spirit, showcased today, also made an impression as well as the high tempo and pace. It didn’t look as a friendly to me. It seemed as the reconstructed egyptian team was struggling to prove things on the pitch. That is a reason of them being rough in tackles. Too many late challenges also show that they are rusty, in the absence of a domestic league. The BS were compact and i particularly fancied the constant changing of positions on the pitch. It seems that the coach is working on a plan and has some concrete ideas. I still believe that Rabiu can be a key player in the team and i was really impressed by Akaminko. He seemed to have a perfect understanding with John Boye. The problem are the side backs. On the right, you go with veteran Paintsil or average Afful? And what about the left? Kwadow plays in a 3-5-2 formation in Juve and today he seemed a bit lost at the start of the match. And Wakaso? I didn’t quite understand his role. He seemed to play a bit everywhere(lol). Badu was strong but please sir, try to pass the ball a little bit more, instead of having the shooting as a priority. You could be even more useful that way! The Boakye youngster seemed to have a charisma in scoring abilities, his whole movement has an impact in Ghana’s game. Bottom line, better than i expected, but let’s not be fooled, the real test will be the match against Tunisia. Let’s wait and see…

    • Papa Nkrumah says:

      This is just about the only well-balanced and objective analysis I have read so far. Thanks man! But remember that apart from the AFCON that they didn’t qualify for, the Egyptians have been doing very well in all other competitions including the World Cup Qualifiers, the Olympic Games Football, friendly games and winning the CAF Champions league.

  11. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    WHEN I SEE BOAKYE,I SEE A BETTER ADEBAYOR. BOAKYE YIADOM HAS A HUGE UPSIDE. DIAMOND IN THE RUFF…THAT BOY. IF I WERE HIS GF, I WILL START GETTING PREGNANT BCOS THIS CHAP WILL BE MAKING SOME BIG BIG BUCKS VERY SHORTLY…..LOL

    HE UNDERSTANDS THE ART OF HOW TO BE A STRIKER…

  12. Anokwale says:

    This was a gritty team performance and I hope it continues. Ghana is a team that needs to have a hungry lineup. Established superstars are not the key for this team. We need people who want to be on the team for the sake of Ghana. That is what I saw today. High energy and passion.

  13. Coconutman says:

    I hope Clottey gets his act together otherwise he will be another Tagoe and will be dropped for Waris.

  14. Dr Who says:

    I will continue to tell some of you that winning AFCON is not about names.Its a combination of teamwork,commitment,dedication and the zeal to die for your country(anger).player 4 player,our current squad is far better than the Zambian squad that won AFCON 2012 so we can do something.Should any team defeat us,I can tell you we gave the game away(lost) rather than that team beating us.Indeed we are capable of bringing the cup so let support the team.

  15. Chu says:

    Afful was very playful. Teams who want to beat Ghana should pile up their right side with 3 players because kwadwo asamoah would loose the ball on the next dribble and you can score from there. Our wings are weak





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