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How Ghana players performed against Cape Verde

Published on: 02 February 2013 assesses the performance of Ghana players after Saturday's 2-0 quarter-final win over Cape Verde at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Fatau Dauda - 9.5

Words alone cannot describe the performance of the 27-year-old AshantiGold gloves man.

Among his seven world class stops, that 81st minute diving save from a Djaniny power strike will go down as the greatest save of the tournament.

In fact, his saves sent Ghana through to the last four of the competition.

John Pantsil - 7

After a sloppy first half, Pantsil put up a good display and matched the energy and the pace of Tavares and Carlitos.

Pantsil at two crucial points turned into a central defender as he dealt with two dangerous balls with Vorsah and Boye completely beaten to it. 

Harrison Afful - 6.5

Afful couldn't come into the game that much in the first-half but was forceful after the break as the Black Stars settled down.

Isaac Vorsah - 6

The Red Bull Salzburg man was not on the ground in defence.

His clearances were not that convincing.

However, one positive on his afternoon was the tailor-made low cross that found Gyan in the middle but the Al Ain man failed to make use of the chance. 

John Boye - 6

An average performance form the Stade Rennes man.

He was somehow fairly solid in defence.

Kwadwo Asamoah - 5.5

This game passed unnoticed for the Juventus workhorse.

He failed to stand out in the game.

Albert Adomah - 5.5

The Bristol City player just could not rise to the occasion and he kept on delivering faulty passes.

He was replaced just two minutes into the second half summed up his afternoon.

Mohammed Rabiu - 6.5

The Evian TG man was the hard-man of the Ghana team and he left no stone unturned.

Went in for the tackles when necessary but he needed to be careful because he picked booking.

Maybe Kwesi Appiah knew it and replaced him later on.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu - 6.5

Neat and tidy though he failed to show the real Emmanuel Agyemang Badu stuff.

He could have done better with that Solomon Asante low cross in stoppage time.

Asamoah Gyan - 5.0

Questions are being asked again about the pace and vision of the the Black Stars captain.

It was hard to believe some of the chances he failed to convert. 

Anyway he won the penalty for Ghana.

Christian Atsu - 6

Maybe expectations were high and huge after his showing in the victory over Niger.

He wasn't a total flop but there were significant flaws in his role on the right side of attack.


Mubarak Wakaso - 7.5

He used the second 45 minutes to write his statement.

He came off the bench in the 47th minute to replace Adomah and he scored both of Ghana's goals.

Solomon Asante - 6.5

The TP Mazembe man was a delight to watch once more.

His pace, deft and antics brought the crowd standing.

He was a full package and Badu should have scored from his through pass that sailed beyond two opposition defenders.

Derek Boateng - 4

Boateng was straight and didn't have enough time to write a statement about his form.


This article has 22 comment(s), give your comment
  • lalasu says:
    February 02, 2013 08:14 pm
    what criteria do u guys use to determine this performance percentage?
  • Miki says:
    February 02, 2013 08:40 pm
    5? FOR asamoah gyan? and Kwadwo Asamoh got 5.5? seriously. how can someone who was barely noticed have done better than the one who caused the goal?... SMH... HARRISON AFFUL DID BETTER THAN AGYEMAN BADU.... SMH.. u just used one incident to judge each player... u can do better.......
  • Miki says:
    February 02, 2013 08:44 pm
    and i want to know which chances he failed to convert today.... it was only one and it was well defended by the Cape Verdian defender.......
  • texas says:
    February 02, 2013 09:28 pm
    this was not an easy game...Cape Verde was not a walk over! what else do people want from A. Gyan? he did not score but the pressure he put on Cape Verde defense caused the pk converted by Wakaso! if any of your guys criticizing Gyan think B.S can just walk over any team these days, come again! The trophy will not be given to Ghana on a silver platter.
  • Faisal says:
    February 02, 2013 09:38 pm
    Why Adomah plays and Solomon Asante sits on the bench beats my mind. He seems to be the only player in team who can take defenders on and give them a run, so why does AA keep bringing him in when there just 10-12 mins left. WTF is wrong with the coach?
  • Africanus says:
    February 02, 2013 09:46 pm
    Actually Asamoah thought he was offside at first. He should have played to the whistle. Score first and let the linesman worry about its validity.
  • Edward says:
    February 02, 2013 09:59 pm
    My ratings for Ghana's players: Dauda 9.5, Painstil 4.5, John Boye 4.5, Vorsah 3.5, Afful 4.5,Atsu 4.5, Agyemab-Badu 5, Kwadwo Asamoah 5, Asamoah Gyan 3, Rabiu Mohd 4, Adomah 3,Wakaso 6, Solmon Asante 7, Derek Boateng 4,
  • papa says:
    February 02, 2013 11:18 pm
    keep ur ratings to urself. they suck
  • papa says:
    February 02, 2013 11:19 pm
    all i can say is that coach appiah shud learn a thing or 2 about tactics from the capeverde coach. they parked the bus but damn they had a proper game plan. pls learn from this. u are also a good tactician but that guy really took some mourinho tips
  • joel says:
    February 02, 2013 11:40 pm
    Ghana need to have better forward because this Asamoah Gyan is not good. He in front of goal he shows too much to the keeper, so the keeper can guess where he going to put the ball.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    February 03, 2013 02:30 am
    Agreed!!! AA is always beaten by the opposing team's tactics. CV looked very strong not because they have better individual players but because they had a PLAN and they stuck to it. That is what TACTICS is all about. If you stick to an effective plan it shows. They also looked sharper than us because they took their chances: they had 17 shots on goal and 8 were on target, now that is incredible compared to our 8 shots with 2 on target.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    February 03, 2013 02:47 am
    I have decided to support whoever becomes the BS COACH but I am worried about issues that are so glaring!!! The sad thing is that, there are strikers on the bench who are itching to play. How can AA determine that the strikers on the bench will not play well if they don't come off the bench. Even if you do not want to start your other strikers then bring them in as substitutes. How come AA substitutes Atsu, Adomah and Rabiu, and most fans agree that those are necessary changes, yet AA is so reluctant in substituting Gyan. In fact it does not help Gyan, AA, the team, and we the helpless fans to refuse to make a change when necessary. Look at how 'fresh legs' like Wakaso came in and transformed the game.
  • TT says:
    February 03, 2013 02:52 am
    Some players are not 90 minutes players. The coach knows better than us. The fact is, Cape Verde were more hungrier than Ghana. If they had played anything less than that, the score line would have been a cricket score. They really studied Ghana's game and applied the right strategy - attack Ghana.
  • TT says:
    February 03, 2013 02:57 am
    The plan was to use Gyan as a decoy for others to score, and it is working. All the top strikers in this tournament are heavily marked. Even Drogba has scored just ONE goal so do Adebayo. We have qualified for the semis, that's the most important.
  • African Consciousness says:
    February 03, 2013 03:20 am
    Congratulations to the Coach and his Staff for winning the Cape Verde game. However to me the end does not justify the means. The Coach is gambling with the success of the team if he runs his players to the ground. All the 90 minute players since the tournament started are getting wore down and it showed today. John Boye, Agyeman Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Asamoah Gyan, John Paintsil all played well but disappeared completely from the game for long stretches. There are very talented players languishing on the Black Stars bench. Why? The answer is fear, playing not to lose is a gamble. Akaminko could have started instead of Paintsil who is playing well on the right full back but has played every single minute since the tournament started, why. Agyeman Badu is a midfielder and has played every single minute since the tournament started, why? Annan is healthy and is a great difensive midfielder so why play Badu for the whole 90? Asamoah Gyan has played every single minute of the whole tournament, why? Boakye is healthy and could have given Gyan some resting time against Cape Verde. This team (Cape Verde) is ranked 70 for goodness sakes. Kwadwo Asamoah has played every minute of the whole tournament, why? Atsu or Wakaso could have given Kwadwo some resting time. John Boye could use some rest but has played 90 minutes of every game, why? Jonathan Mensah could start in his place and give him some rest. So you see I am glad that the Black Stars won but there were periods during the game when I could not relax and enjoy the game because the Coach was taking a gamble because I have played in two to four day tournaments and believe me they are grueling. My other concern is I am glad the Black Stars won but I was sitting on pins and needles every time the yellow card carrying Rabiu went for a hard tackle I was sure the Ref was going to pull out his red card and reduce Ghana to 10 players. Why take that gamble? Isn't this the reason for carrying 23 players to a tournament? Rabiu's tackles are still not polished but raw. I would have subbed him and brought on another defensive midfielder. There are some that claim that if it is not broken don't fix it. This applies during a regular one match situation but in a month long tournament I will not be using the same 5 players over and over again. Ghana is poised to win this tournament. They have the talent to win this tournament and now that the Black Stars have made the semi finals I urge the Coach to use excellent judgement to make sure if he sees signs of players not delivering 100% to replace them to ensure a guaranteed victory and not a gamble that happens to pay off. Some of the players are starting to run out of gas the law of diminishing returns must not be allowed to set in. In short "Coach give your magnificent 5 a rest. It is actually 6 including Dauda, but his position is not as grueling as the field players. These players might end up getting the job done even if they played every single minute throughout the whole tournament but why take the gamble? You have subs use them do not be afraid your subs might lose you the game. Go Black Stars.
  • Dr Who says:
    February 03, 2013 05:16 am
    @African consciousness,I concur with you.In our next match,I expect the coach to rest Rabiu for Annan.I am totally surprised why the coach opted to use Derick over Annan when we are under pressure.Also,he brought on Asante which is fine but he should have replaced Gyan with Yiadom or clottey so that the new striker will flow with the pace of Asante.Its meaningless to bring on Asante to run down opponents when our striker is visibly tire and cant flow with Asante.We need changes in our next game because good tactical coaches have observed that Atsu and Adomah are the strength of our team with fast wing play.
  • Isaac Arhin says:
    February 03, 2013 06:54 am
    I think they deserve the win,lets pray for dem than criticising.....
  • stonka says:
    February 03, 2013 10:07 am
    I just can't understand Ghanaians wen it comes A Gyan.Nothing he does seems to make an impact.let all be a bit appreciative and stop all those unnecessary attack.I strongly believes he's there to make Ghana proud not to cause pain.
  • judge & jury says:
    February 03, 2013 11:41 am
    congrats to the black stars....really playing well with young and committed playas. i believe the coach is doing excellent work here....obvious favorite to win afcon ahead of cote d'ívoire or my 9ja
  • judge & jury says:
    February 03, 2013 11:42 am
    bros ur on point
  • idiami says:
    February 03, 2013 06:16 pm
    i nw believe that ghana bribed niger
  • CEREBRAL says:
    February 05, 2013 07:22 am
    The whole world knows by now that Gyan is a fantastic decoy, considering all the missed chances he has had. I have been a fan of Gyan, because of some of the incredible goals he has scored such as against England, against the USA (2010 WC) etc. As a fan of his its so embarrassing to see him flunk those opportunities that come his way. On the issue of being a decoy he does it half the time to maximum effect (second goal against Niger) The other half he stands in-between his markers sandwiched. I am quiet about the other errors of the other players because Gyan's situation is very embarrassing for a player of his caliber.