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World Cup 2014: Ghana's Asamoah ready to play at left-back to stop Portugal's Ronaldo

Published on: 20 March 2014
Kwadwo Asamoah is ready to play in any position to help Ghana at the World Cup

Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has hinted that he is ready to play at the problematic left-back position for the Black Stars in the wake of some anxiety over the country's left-backs for June's World Cup in Brazil.

This means the Juventus star player is ready to play in the left-back position to stop world best player Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal when the the two countries clash in Group G of the tournament.

There are worries that the Black Stars don't have enough quality in the team to be able to stop some of the world's best wingers which has sparked debates about who should play the left-back positions for Ghana.

Ex-Ghana defender Joe Addo claimed on Wednesday that the Black Stars lack intelligent left-backs to play at the tournament in Brazil with players like Portugal's Ronaldo expected to operate on the wings.

Asamoah started his career as a midfield playmaker but is now a left wing-back at Juventus and regularly plays in different positions for the Ghana national team.

Far from being frustrated by that situation, the Kumasi born player says it could help his career.

"The Juventus coach spoke to me once and wanted to try me on the left side and everything went well," Asamoah said.

"It's really good for me because I've got two positions I can play and that's really going to help me.

"In the national team I also play sometimes from the right side going forward. As a player, if you're versatile it can be really useful."

Asamoah played at the left-back when Juventus met Real Madrid in the Champions League recently and the Ghanaian was credited for an excellent job of stopping Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

 Do you think Kwadwo Asamoah will be effective at the left-back position at the World Cup? Do you think Ghana has competent left-backs? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • Kelly W says:
    March 20, 2014 12:56 pm
    Ronaldo will play left wing and that will be the opposite side of Asamoah
  • Cool says:
    March 20, 2014 01:19 pm
    This is a good Idea. Essien could also be shifted to right full back. This will create room for Afriyie Acquah and Rabiu and others
  • Akwasiii says:
    March 20, 2014 01:32 pm
    Nonsens.... We have our backs... Baba, Addy, left & opare and inkoom right.... ( maybe jeffrey Schlupp or nana Asare) Central : Boye, Jonna Mensah, Akaminko (if fit Vorsah) and one more maybe 'Johan Kappelhof' players of Fc Groningen. They shout call Elvis Manu... Player of Feyenoord ( on loan at Sc Cambuur ) really talented player
  • Bisagoma says:
    March 20, 2014 01:33 pm
    I wonder why Akwasi Appiah do not use players like Kwadwo Asamoah or Muntari effectively as defenders during tough games. These guys are defenders when playing for their respective teams. Why do they come into Black Stars and turn into midfielders. I believe that Kwadwo Asamoah ( as left back) and Muntari's assistant at number 4 position will be a great help in big matches.
  • Akwasi Floric says:
    March 20, 2014 01:44 pm
    Nonsens... we have defenders and we should use them.. Left: Baba, Addy, (Nana Asare or Jeffrey Schlupp) Right: Opare, Inkoom (Harrison Afful) Central: Akaminko, Jonna Mensah, Boye (Vorsah if fit)andn Johan Kappelhof --> player of Fc Groningen Players who shout get a call: Shadrach Eghan and Elvis Manu --> palyers of Fc Twente and Feyenoord (loan Sc Cambuur) talented boys. Players who shouldn't get a call: Dominic Adiyiah ....and John Mensah Kwarasey first Goalkeeper and Dauda Second !!!
  • Bisagoma says:
    March 20, 2014 01:44 pm
    I think Kwadwo Asamoah can handle that position and have Muntari to assist him. They are both defenders in their repective profesional teams and Akwasi Appiah should start noticing that. We can put Agyeman Badu or Atsu at number 8 position.
  • Bisagoma says:
    March 20, 2014 01:46 pm
    @Akwasi Floric, Same old crap! We need new experimentation. Damn you!
  • fok says:
    March 20, 2014 01:56 pm
    The blacks stars need an excellent midfielders to stop ball distributions to Ronaldo and Portugal will be an average team. Kwadwo should not be under utilized, we need him on the wings or midfield.
  • peacemaker says:
    March 21, 2014 06:55 am
  • Bra Atiaa says:
    March 21, 2014 04:54 am
    Ronaldo is very hot right now. Who has stopped him from socring, not Sweeden, not Cameroun, not Shalke or any La Liga team. These teams spend time upon time drafting game strategies yet Ronaldo tears up defenses and scores marvelous goals as though he knew their game plans. He is the best for reasons we know.
  • alomos says:
    March 21, 2014 04:47 am
    Ghana got away with three red cards in the last three WC qualifying matches. The refs missed all three incidents-two for Opare in Kumasi (against Zambia and Egypt) and the other to Akaminko in Cairo. The referees would be looking out to protect key players like C. Ronaldo, Messi etc cos without them the wc is another ordinary game. Opare is very sloppy at the back-he needs discipline lessons from Essien, Afful, Hans Sarpei etc. More recently the ref in the Montenegro game missed a red card for Jerry Akaminko. These misses wouldn't be often in the wc since refs who miss sendoffs and game critical moments would be sent home hence assistant refs and 4th officials would be the refs watchmen. Essien knows how to talk to the refs- Opare on the other hand infuriates the refs, while C Ronaldo incites and pressures the refs to follow through on his wishes. These incidents have happened countless times. C Ronaldo pressured Argentine ref. to red card his ex club team mate Wayne Rooney in a wc.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 21, 2014 03:00 am
    These stupid fucks @ GSN deliberately deleted my second post, nkwasiafour whats wrong with my remarks? If you guys don't want us to blog on your site again then fucking shut it down!! After all your website infects my lappie with all kind of viruses anytime I visit, mmuaasem!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 21, 2014 02:17 am
    @ keleele.... U also have a good knowledge about the game too!! Keep it up!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 21, 2014 02:36 am
    Ghana now possesses modern lateral defenders like inkoom, opare and afful but we have weak 4 and 5!! When our full backs moves to join the attacks, our 4&5 should stay behind and cover for them because we all know that these full backs run like wingers when initiating attacks and therefore cannot recover on time to defend again esp when the team lost possession! This is not PLAYSTATION FOOTBALL fellas!! Lateral defenders can only play properly when they have able central defensive pairs to cover their backs when they initiates attacks!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 21, 2014 02:15 am
    @ maxwell... Well said mate!! Your knowledge about the game is awesome!! Keep it up bro!!
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 21, 2014 01:48 am
    @Selfmade spot on bros, I wonder what all this fuse about Ronaldo is about kwraaa!! We're playing against the whole Portuguese team not only Ronaldo so some of you folks should cut all this crap about the threat he poses and all that stuff. Don't be surprised if he flops in that game, I believe we have what it takes to pick 9 points from our group. AA just have to play the players @ the right positions and also with a good tactical approach, we'll definitely qualify from this group.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 21, 2014 01:25 am
    I sometimes wonder if some of you fellas watch football at all or is it that you started following the game not long ago. Playing KASA @ LB is purely a waste of quality, especially when we have competent players that can man that position. The likes of Schlupp, David Addy, Nana Kwasi Asare, Baba Rahman and even Wakaso can fill in the left back position with ease, its only up to AA to repose confidence in any of these players by giving them the opportunity and this so called problematic LB position will be history. KASA is a world class material, he’s a deep lying play maker, his natural position is CM (No.8 or sometimes No.6) that’s where you can get the best outta him. The fact that he’s been played as a Left/Left-wing back @ Juventus doesn’t mean he should be played @ the same position in the national colours, Juventus play the typical Italian 3-5-2 formation. They have exceptional players that are comfortable with that formation, and you wonder why they are very hard to beat. Playing KASA @ the LB position is a complete waste of quality, we have equally good left-full backs that can play that position its only about given them the chance.
  • Benito says:
    March 21, 2014 12:29 am
    Experience will be very crucial in the world cup,there the coach would be making the biggest mistake in his career if he fails to call up John mensah and John pentsil.i don't care whether they play regularly at their various clubs or not.they still train regularly with their teams.experience is key.i "arrest"my case.
  • benny says:
    March 20, 2014 10:12 pm
    I agree with you Vinny.Dede and K .Asamoah should be deployed on the left and interchange ,that is the best option.
  • The truth says:
    March 20, 2014 08:19 pm
    Banger, I completely agree with you. Opare is the player that can shut down Ronaldo
  • Paapa1 says:
    March 20, 2014 08:52 pm
    Let focus on the game but not a player.... If we put pressure on them c.r will be useless in the game
  • selfmade says:
    March 20, 2014 08:58 pm
    Ghana doesn't have any problems with our full backs!! Our biggest problem now is the central backs who has failed to provided poor defensive covers for our full backs when they initiates attack! People are saying we have problematic full backs because their backs are always exposed when they initiates attacks but there is no player been old or modern who possesses these abilities of initiating attack, lost possession and then run at top speed to win back possession!! Not even dunga or Carlos were able to do that!! K asamaoh is doing well in his new role in juv because he has good defensive covers which concede his weak defensive recovery!! The likes of glenn Johnson and Ashley Cole are worst than our full backs and has been exposed several times but they always has weak defensive covers and hence we don't see!! We need strong central defenders!!
  • Vinny says:
    March 20, 2014 07:47 pm
    I think kwadwo and Ayew should rotate because they can both attack and defend on the left wing and back, and Aful should be encouraged as well because on his good day, he can handle Ronaldo like any other world class defender would and lets not just think about Ronaldo on that wing, they have nani as well so the whole team should be prepared to be very effective in their various positions and all will be well . Ghana all the way.
  • dr edusei. usa says:
    March 20, 2014 07:12 pm
    we should concentrate on attacking just like we did with egypt. when you attack, you will see ronaldo back defending. if you attack, defense takes care of itself. we have speed defense. that will annul ronaldo any day. ghana always goes through the early stages in any tournament whether its under 10 yrs or women or not. we need to attack. defense, clear the ball to midfield and forward and stop playing stupid passes at the back.
  • redd says:
    March 20, 2014 07:19 pm
    Opare.......tweaaaaaaaaaaa.....did u watch the Montenegro game? When he was asked to mark Naymar in our friendly against brazil what did he do? A big red card and we ended up losing 1-0
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 20, 2014 07:00 pm
  • Keleele says:
    March 20, 2014 06:39 pm
    My mate Selfmade you have a valid point there. Kwadwo Asamoah will be better off playing as a left attacker or a deep lying midfielder or even better from right attack where he can cut in and do damage to opponents with his shots . However if the coach decides otherwise and play him in the left back then he should be asked to just sit and not overlap especially in the games against Germany and Portugal. Also Dede should be deployed to play on top of him in the left wing so he can track back and support him; a role Dede executes very well. On the right back should be Opare and can have Adomah, Sulley or KPB playing on top depending on the formation. I chose Adomah because his work rate on the right side of attack is enormous and he is the most consistent right winger in the team with great defensive tracking record. Germany will get a draw against Ghana but Portugal and the USA will fall. Mark my words!
  • kofi says:
    March 20, 2014 06:56 pm
    Nope! Ronaldo plays left, right, and center. When a particular side is not helping him, he moves to another side. Just watch his Real Madrid games
  • Sticky straw says:
    March 20, 2014 05:53 pm
    This goodnews for the football fraternity in ghana because he and micheal essien are the only solution to our weak lateral defends . Some fools from Germany will be campaigning for baba abdul raman who play for low class second division in Germany, although the guy is talented but he will be more matured come 2018 but for now big no!!! Even David addy who flop against montenegro is far ahead of him
  • Lord Dennings says:
    March 20, 2014 06:12 pm
    I think Adiya should be called instead of Jordan
  • banger says:
    March 20, 2014 05:44 pm
  • selfmade says:
    March 20, 2014 04:29 pm
    How can a player who struggled against mbokani and mputu defensively stop c. Ronaldo and co!! The likes of mputu and mbokani were drawing rings against k asa in south Africa and just imagening how the likes of German and Portuguese players ll BOMB OUR DEFENCE!!
  • Edem - Toronto says:
    March 20, 2014 04:45 pm
    I think we should try KASA in friendlies and lead up to the tournament in camp. Our ability to deploy different players in our weak spots is a must. I can bet our wing backs will get into card trouble at the tournament by the third game. We have more flexibility in midfield. We all know Portugal has Postinga and Nani up front but without an effective Ronaldo they don't get past Sweden into the tournament. He is a player who needs the ball at his feet, so we have to put someone on him whenever he is in the attacking third (no space). Make him retreat to get the ball at his halfway line and attack from there. That would frustrate him and make their attack less potent. Hell i don't care - play 3 central back and one. The one chases Ronaldo all over the pitch and is within an arms reach when Portugal retains possession. Ha
  • jb says:
    March 20, 2014 05:21 pm
    I think it will be great to play K.Asamoah on the left of defence since that is a problem for us and he is doing a good job there for Juve, the good the is Ghana is blessed with good midfielders and the will not have any negative impact on the kwasi appiah watching Jeffrey Schlupp
  • selfmade says:
    March 20, 2014 02:45 pm
    Every Ghanaian player wants to stop c.ronaldo and I wouldn't be surprised when the other Portugal players take advantage of this to annihilate us completely!! Instead of focusing on the whole team, it seems all our bs players are focusing alone on this dude and it ll definitely come back to hunt us!! WE SHOULD STOP THIS INFERIORITY COMPLEX!!
  • selfmade says:
    March 20, 2014 02:47 pm
    Ghana has too many averageand less aambitious players!!
  • smh says:
    March 20, 2014 02:50 pm
    After stealing da news from bbc u guys decides not to give credit huh...Smh eye Asem ooo
  • changer says:
    March 20, 2014 03:17 pm
  • Prince San Diego says:
    March 20, 2014 03:31 pm
    I think playing Kwadwo at left back in the Portugal match is not a bad idea. This how coaches earn their money . If Kwadwo is playing as a left wing back in juventus, then he can do the same for ghana. Ronaldo is the best player in the world and it will take players like Kwadwo to stop him. He did pretty good against in him in the champions league. Mourinho always deployed essien at left back or right back in crucial matches and it always worked. He stopped ronaldinho. I think AA will not miss Kwadwo in the midfield and he deploys this strategy cos we have so much world class midfielders. God bless mother ghana
  • selfmade says:
    March 20, 2014 03:40 pm
    We tried this dude at that position before in the mediocrity afcon and he sucks big time! He had poor defensive recovery though his attacks was great!! We shouldn't play players out of positions again!! The WC is not a JOKE!! He was struggling in that position against poor teams like Dr Congo and cape Verde how much more the WC!! When he riveted to his usual position he scored against Mali which means that he could have been extremely dangerous in south Africa if we had played him in his usual position!!! THE WC IS NOT FOR JOKERS!!
  • smokey says:
    March 20, 2014 04:21 pm
    Play left full back for Ghana and left wing back for juve is a different kettle of fish for the black stars lack defenisive stability in the back line at the minute as for juve they have chelini,bonnuci and brazali all world class defenders and buffon behind them to top it off and juve dominate most games they play in serie a so asamoah's defense skills arnt put to the test that much i think we'd be better off using 1 of the specialst full backs but whoever plays there will have theyre hands full make no mistake