Player rating: How the Black Stars fared in the dramatic 2-2 draw in Turkey

Double Boy Asamoah Gyan wins Ghanasoccernet.com's MVP Award

Double Boy Asamoah Gyan wins Ghanasoccernet.com’s MVP Award

Captain Asamoah Gyan came off the substitute bench to rescue a draw for the Black Stars with a sensational second-half brace at the Black Stars rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stad? in ?stanbul on Wednesday night.

James Kwesi Appiah’s men fell 2-0 behind just before the half-hour mark with Galatasaray forward Burak Y?lmaz drawing first blood for the host in the 7th minute before his club team-mate Umut Bulut topped up with an intelligent finish.

But Gyan grabbed his 36th and 37th international goals to stun the home support.

Ghanasoccernet.com runs the rule over the performance of the STARS and rates how they fared on the night in Southeastern Europe.

Adam Kwarasey – 6.5

The 25-year-old picked two balls from his net on his return as some dodgy defending in the first-half led to the two goals which he cannot be blamed for. Umut Bulut’s second goal for the Turks was no fault of his as Rashid and Jonathan Mensah played it soft on the 30-year-old, allowing him to flick a neat header through. A Samuel Inkoom blunder in the 31st minute nearly gifted Turkey the third goal but the Stromsgodset captain saved the piledriver to deny Hamit Altintop who was unmarked. Kwarasey would have been much better if defending was like what it was in the second-half.

Samuel Inkoom – 6.5

The right-back’s surging run in the first-half was impressive. He looked to have regained his form despite not playing much at club level with Dnipro. However is only undoing was the entire  poor organisation of the backline which underlined Ghana’s vulnerability in the first department. He horribly gave away a pass which needed a Kwarasey intervention to prevent Ghana from falling 3-0 behind in the first half. However, he was workaholic going forward and gave a good account of himself. He must leave Dnipro and get regular playing time to ensure future matches.

Harrison Afful – 6

Was an outstanding performer a except his inability to close down Hamit Altintop at his territory as the former Real Madrid laid a cross which was expertly connected home. To be honest he struggled to contain the experienced player but should surely be a good lesson for him in man-marking tricky dribblers.

Rashid Sumaila – 6

Not one of the cherishable partnership between him and Jonathan Mensah. The two were playing for the first time and their understanding was a big suspect especially in the first half. Both men allowed Umut to pick their pockets and claim a moral boosting goal ahead of the new Turkish season. But Rashid improved tremendously in the second-half as the partnership improved with much communication and understanding. Many more matches at club level will surely improve him and help his cause.

Jonathan Mensah – 6.5

Though he struggled to partner with Rashid, his experience helped him to handle the Turks attack as the tie wore on and he established a firm control. Improved tremendously in the second-half as the partnership improved with much communication and understanding. Many more matches at club level will surely improve him and help his cause especially as he has started playing for Evian.

Rabiu Mohammed – 6.5

The 23-year-old Evian boy lasted 60 minutes on the pitch but made a significant contribution to the resurgence in the second half with his vital interceptions and incredible vision. He was good but the arrival of youngster Chibsah brought a new dimension. Rabiu has a fight on his hands and he must excel.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu – 6.6

The Udinese man took the armband with Gyan benched but his impact in the first-half was limited but was it the normal industrious Badu in full swing. Lack of activity and regular starting place at club level had a toll on him. His pace and power was fine and will need to continue to fight hard because of the growing competition in the midfield of the Black Stars.

Wakaso Mubarak – 7.2

The Turks failed to handle his powerful personality on the flanks as he raided constantly at ease. His powerful two shots were typical of the Wakaso we know and if he maintains this level of play Zambia are in trouble in Kumasi. The main flaw in his game on the night was his inability to link up well with the rest of the midfield.

Solomon Asante – 7.0

Came close to pulling a goal back for Ghana in the 37th minute but his effort from an Agyemang-Badu cross came off a defender. He was slippery and useful on the flanks and won two key fouls for Ghana which were both wasted. He needs to work the ability to be useful to the team when he does not have the ball. He must work hard in fighting for the balls and helping out in midfield.

Christian Atsu – 5.5

Not a performance you would normally expect from Atsu but the 21-year-old looked a bit different. He struggled to take on the opposition and create spaces as he usually noted for. Lack of pre-season playing time affected his sharpness. He must leave Porto quick otherwise they will kill his talent.

Dominic Adiyiah – 6

Adiyiah’s stature would not permit him to be a successful lone ranger but that was the role assigned him by Kwesi Appiah. Asante and Atsu were supposed to feed him with the balls but he had little service and had to dig deep in midfield at times to find his own chance.

*Asamoah Gyan – 9 (MVP)

He shut down the vociferous home crowd with his stunning brace coming off the bench to replace Christian Atsu. he was a handful for the Turks and his presence really shook their defence. The genius’ first goal was tell timed to fool the keeper and the second goal was spot on with his dodgy header. He is Ghana’s key player undoubtedly. His heroics wins him the Ghanasoccernet.com PLAYER of the game Award.

Daniel OpareHe justified how regular club activity can improve a player. The Standard Liege full-back just 36 minutes to tell Kwesi Appiah why he deserves place in his team and he did just that. Asamoah Gyan’s second goal was a product of his architectural works as his pull-out found the Al Ain man.

Razak Braimah –  7 – One of the reasons why coach Kwesi Appiah has been hailed for creating real competition in the team. His command in the goal area was superb and he looked more like a basketball player with the way he grabbed the ball and scared opponents. His throwing ability in the best is by far the best among the current four Ghana keepers.

Kwadwo Asamoah 8  Despite coming on late in the game this match could easily pass off as his best for Ghana since the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Despite carrying a knock Asamoah played a real playmaker’s game by disrupting the Turks in midfield and dribbling with ease. If he replicates this performance against Zambia, the Chipolopolo will be slaughtered in Kumasi.

Mahatma Otoo5 Not much was seen of the former Hearts of Oak man since he came on but his speed eagerness to work with Gyan created opportunities. He needs more playing time with the Black Stars.

Raman Chibsah7 Despite playing his first game for Ghana the Parma youngster exerted himself with his ball winning abilities and dexterity if Rabiu has been hailed for playing so well for Ghana then he must gird his loins for competition. Chibsah is officially one of the reasons why Essien will NEVER be missed. Real talent!

READERS COMMENTS

  1. truth says:

    I doubt if whoever did this rating watched the match.Neither Nkoom, Asante,Badu and Adiyiah deserves more than 4.5.Wakaso was far ahead of these guys and he had 6 and Badu had 6 as well????Aba!!!!
    Come again GSN

  2. afrikaba1 says:

    Ghanasoccernet are biased against Kwarasey.

  3. Paradox says:

    @may his peace prevail. U askd in the otha thread if zambia could score senegal. The match ended 1:1. Jacob mulenga 4 goals in three games. U may have gyan but we have mulenga. Gyan is scoring 4 ghana and mulenga for zambia. U may say that u have defenders to deal with mulenga. Well hear this sunzu is bak in form, watch the game on youtube to see 4yoself. Sunzu wil take care of gyan jst like he did at afcon. Zambia wapya baisa. We dont fear any1 we wik take u punch 4 punch with our benchwarmers and low class players at tp mazembe as u call them. Senegal brot all its european players except 4 ba and cisse. Brin yo ayews muntari kpb and essien, we wil take u punch by punch. This is zambia we are not afraid

  4. Viper says:

    Wakaso is a proper footballer,he is just a bit temperamental but he is good…the second half team did well,Opare deserves a place in the team if not the starting 11.The coach now has to make a decision regarding the Inkooms,Asantes and the Adiyiahs and even to some extent Adomah,are these players good enough to mix it with the best??? We have to prone the squad and add more quality to the side,players like Accam,Abeyie(maybe?) and even Frank Acheampong will add quality to the side,ofcourse including our experienced players absent today..

  5. Godbless says:

    What a bias rating from Ghanasoccernet. Kwadjo Asamoah, Chibsah all had 5 5 ratings? Like seriously? Did you guys watch the game at all. Opare, Chipsah, K.Asamoah and A. Gyan were by far the best players on the field even though they played lesser minutes. Asante 6 my foot..

  6. massa Jon. says:

    Its so unfortunate that my Kwarasey concedes goals that are not his fault.To me i think he is still the number one for Ghana.We will keep praying for him. he will show his class at the word cup.

  7. Joe Bidden says:

    GSN says if Wakaso keep the “form” Zambia in trouble.. Is it not youngster Nsunzu who tamed the so called biggest stars of Africa like Drogba including Gyan? men of short memory forget not Zambia aint worried bout defence we rarely change we r just sharpening the attack which believe me one or if not 3 of these will score come 6th Sep Jacob Mulenga, Mayuka, Chris Kat

  8. real Sabacious says:

    It was clear Akwasi Appiah was in Turkey for marketing mission, , how on earth could you play Adiyiah as a leading strike knowing very well that the dude doesn’t even merit a place in the stars in the first place? Starting inkoom, Asante and Adiyiah buttress my point. We saw the same shit when we played against England, then coach decided to stay whack players like lee addy and adiyiah in the said match. Its good to give players a chance to justify themselves but we all have seen what adiyiah, inkoom, Afful and asante can offer. David addy, akaminko and abeyie are far better than the above mentioned players. We need quality players in the team.

  9. GH Panther says:

    infact, in 2013 , wakaso has bn my favourite blackstars player. he is jux good. he is one of those players who doesn’t only perform well for club but even better for country on consistent basis. and he scores goals, lots of them too for country. kwadwo asamoah was also good in this game, but frankly, he blows hot and cold. good today, not too good tomorrow. he is not as reliable and consistent with the national team. adiyiah must be out. he makes the team look ordinary. if we will still keep faith with him, we might as well try otoo,RBY more regularly.

  10. GH Panther says:

    infact adiyiah deserves a lower rating than the 6 he’s bn given. the other high raters deserve it, like chibsah, razak braimah and off course gyan. for some,?? not too sure.

  11. blackbabyboi says:

    I don’t why this Zambia’s keep on disgracing themselves on this network. Even when Sudan scored you,with the help of FIFA,you were awarded a point just for you to have it easy and qualify but what did FIFA got in returned? Mark my word;CAF nor FIFA will not even permit you to quality neither winning any tournament again. A whole defending champions couldn’t win any game during AFON 2013. Ohhhhh…You people are a disgrace to football. Come to Ghana and see real talent and football. When FIFA will be disappointed if CAF allows Zambia to qualify ahead of Ghana because,CAF must protect it image.

  12. Kwaku says:

    Did i hear the zambians say that sunzu will handle our players? Have they forgotten that the current team has a new set of introductions like wakaso,opare,chibsah,rabiu and even the likes of waris,asante,frimpong etc….we ll see wat dis sunzu is made of on that day on the kumasi pitch,i bet he will put one in his own net for ghana,,the great massacre is coming…..long live ghana,the africa brazil

  13. ken says:

    Ghanasoccernet is owned by kotoko fanatics no wonder they keep doing these unfair ratings. Kwesi Appiah is confused coach. the likes of Accam, samuel Afum, Jerry Akaminko and owuse Abeyie are doing very well but he still doesnt invite them but invites outform players like inkoom and adiyiah…… kumasi coach

    • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

      KWARASAY HAD AWOOF DEFENDERS IN FRONT OF HIM. AFFUL IS NOT A NATURAL LEFTBACK. HE IS A RIGHT BACK. INKOOM IS NOT IN FORM N RARELY PLAYS FOR HIS CLUB. SO WHY WAS HE CALLED? AWAL SHOULD HAVE STARTED OVER SUMAILA. SUMAILA HAS NO EXPERIENCE AGAINST NON AFRICAN OPPOSITION, SO FOR AA TO THROW HIM IN HERE AGAINST TURKEY WAS DUMB. WHERE IS AKAMINKO? WE HAVE A CRUCIAL ISSUE WITH OUR LEFT BACK N RIGHT WING SPOTS. ASANTE, ADOMAH HAVE ALL SHOWN THEY CANT MASTER THENO. 7. WHAT IS AA WAITING ON? CALL IN ABEYIE. LET ABEYIE, ODJER AND ASANTE BATTLE FOR THE NUMBER 7 SPOT. WE NEED MORE POTENT STRIKERS. THE ONLY WAY TO ASSURE OURSELVES IS BY ALLOWING THE AFFUMS, ASSIFUAH, MUNTARI, YIADOMS, WARRIS, OTOO TO GET MORE REGULAR ACTION IN FRIENDLIES. OR ELSE, IF GYAN GETS SICK, WE R DEAD

  14. May his peace prevails says:

    Hahahaha @ Paradox. You are very funny! Lol. Are you content for drawing with 78th fifa ranking Senegal on a neutral ground and think that this will help you to win Ghana in Kumasi? Are you frustrated ? If I may ask? Let’s wait and see. Sept 6th is just around the corner.

  15. Kao says:

    Oh!!! poor Zambian’s even you can’t
    Handle Sene !!!
    Never spent your poor money to come to Ghana in September

  16. michael dc says:

    I think we need to maintain RBY nd gyan patnership. It worked perfectly for as in the lesotho nd sudan game.

  17. alfred mc-kenzie says:

    gsn is owned by sanni diarah the spokesperson of the gfa and a phobian by birth who has master’s in journalism but he has surrended himself with latter day road side journalism graduates who call themselves sports presenters and they are tanishing the image of this website.just look at this rating…it tells u that the one who did this ratings is a stomache journalist who just wan’t to please players like;adiyah,inkoom and asante with high marks in the ratings so that he can get ten dollars and twenty dollars from them.useless journalist,who even cares about this your useless and stupid ratings.

  18. Dani says:

    Will the Zambians kEep mute! @Paradox your words are that of a defeatist and you’ll surely get it soon..there’s NO way your team can beat us here in Ksi! No that n remember that you’re never in OUr league Zambia!



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