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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Kevin Prince Boateng…

The Gifted One

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Kevin Prince Boateng is a charismatic player who divides opinion amongst are Ghanaian fans. There are some who question his commitment to the cause and suggest he only shows up when there is a World Cup to be played given his acrimonious retirement in November 2011 where he citing fatigue from travel as the reason behind his decision. However just under a year later he was too return , was welcomed with open arms and he maintains he is now here to stay.

There is no doubt his return however timely or coincidental some suggest, is a huge boost to Ghana. An attacking midfielder by trade Boateng has been used in several positions across the forward line. He is known for his intense dynamism; physical strength, extreme aggression, endurance, immense work rate acrobatics, foot speed, and ball-juggling tricks. He is a gifted player capable of doing the unexpected that gives Ghana another option going forward.

Boateng started his career with the club Reinickendorfer Füchseoateng in Germany . He then signed for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga in July 1994. In 2006 he was nominated as one of the best youth players in Germany. Boateng left the Bundesliga in 2007 to play in the Premier League first  Tottenham Hotspur and later for Portsmouth FC where he won a League cup and played the final of the FA Cup in 2010. He later moved to Genoa CFC and then AC Milan in Serie A, in 2011 where he remained until 2013 when he went back to Germany to signe for FC Schalke of the Bundesliga.

Boateng has eleven caps and two goals for the Ghana , and was among the ten players nominated for African Footballer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In May 2010, Boateng announced that, as he was yet to receive his first senior cap for Germany and confirmed, he had accepted an offer from the GFA to play for Ghana. Boateng held his first training session with his team Black Stars in Ghana, prior the 2010 FIFA World Cup in May 2010. He was later cleared to play for Ghana by FIFA, and made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Latvia in June 2010.

He was one of the Ghana’s star players at World Cup 2010 in South Africa. His highlight coming in the second round against the USA where he opened the scoring with a powerful drive from long range. Though he received a huge backlash for his initial retirement, he is the backing of the majority and remains a vital part of Kwesi Appiah’s squad.

Kevin Prince Boateng, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

#LetsGoalGhana

Check out this amazing goal from Boateng whilst playing for Milan against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

What has happened to the Black Stars?

Are the Black Stars in Decline?

 

 

It’s been over a month since Ghana were acrimoniously dumped out of CAN 2013 by Burkina Faso. Since then coach Kwesi Appiah has been fiercely criticised by the media and fomer players alike – the Ayew brothers have announced their ‘temporary’ retirement from international football and left back John Pantsil found himself in trouble with the law.

There is no doubt the Black Stars are among the best teams in Africa but how long will that last? The dizzying heights of World Cup 2010 are now in the past and with the retirement of Jordan and Andre Ayew the team has lost two very good attacking options at a crucial time. What is more worrying is that the Ayew brothers have joined an illustrious list of Ghanaian players who have decided on an “early retirement”. Michael Essien, Kevin Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan and now the Ayew brothers are among Ghana’s best players to have made this decision. So you have to ask the question, is the Ghanaian FA doing enough to support the players and more importantly, how many more will decide on this course of action?

Of the current crop of players like Wakaso Mubarak and Christian Atsu who have impressed, there are serious questions over the team as a whole being able to deliver on the biggest occasions. Ghana’s elimination at the semi final stage against Burkina Faso at this year’s CAN was bitterly disappointing not least because with the Ivoirians already out this was arguably the Black stars best opportunity to win it in recent years.

Asamoah Gyan looks a shadow of his former self whilst Kwado Asamoah, a man of whom much was expected had a disappointing tournament. Now Ghana who go into a huge World Cup qualifier against Sudan on March 24 do so against the backdrop of off field troubles and huge pressure.

The Black stars are in desperate need of three points as they look to close the gap on group D leaders Zambia, who have a three point advantage with only group winners qualifying for the final round of qualification. Whilst it’s still early days the thought of Ghana not qualifying is unthinkable.

Kwesi Appiah has named his squad to face Sudan and recalled AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari whilst Emmanuel Frimpong of Fulham has been given his first cap. Alsi returning to the squad are Abdul Majeed Waris, who recently signed to Russian giants Spartak Moscow and Democratic Republic of Congo-based defender Yaw Frimpong.

 

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals).

 

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Richard Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

 

Midfielders: Emmanuel Frimpong (Fulham, England), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portugal), Wakaso Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England)

 

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), David Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak)

 

It’s make or break time for Ghana. Do you think they have what it takes to get through this difficult period or is this beginning of a downward spiral for the Black Stars?

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

The Black Stars match review

The Magnificent 7!

 

Adiyiah shines as Ghana thrash Lesotho in opening world cup qualifier

 

Kwesi Appiah’s reign as Ghana Manager got off to a great start as the Black Stars put seven goals past Lesotho in Kumasi. In a rare start Dominic Adiayiah shone as he scored two goals in the rout. Not even a power outage after 54 minutes could stop the onslaught as Ghana who had been 4-0 up by that stage added three more goals to their tally.

Enjoying dominant possession, Ghana created a number of chances but it was not until the 16th minute that they breached the opponents’ defence when skipper for the night Sulley Muntari scored a spectacular goal. The AC Milan midfielder played a one-two with Emmanuel Agyemang Badu before unleashing a cracker beyond keeper Kholuoe Phasumane.

Down, but the visitors refused to give in and attempted to force their way into attack only to meet a rocky Ghanaian defence. Dominic Adiyiah atoned for earlier misses when he turned Mokhehle Thapelo inside just outside the area before unleashing a pile driver for the second goal after 24 minutes.

Nerves took a better part of Lesotho and as they wobbled the Ghanaians took advantage to fetch the third goal through Jordan Ayew with a minute left on the clock for the first half. Not content with the score line, Ghana went on the offence from recess and with the Lesotho defence back-pedalling, Adiyiah fetched his second on the 50th minute.

Four minutes later the floodlights went off and when power was restored, the electrifying pace with which the Ghanaian played never diminished. With a midfield well oiled by the presence of Derick Boateng and Kwadwo Asamoah, Ghana stepped up the pace completely taking charge on the wings where most of the moves were initiated with Harrison Afful on left side of defence and Inkoom on the right back playing key roles.

The Black stars were getting more men behind the ball and it came as no surprise when Christian Atsu scored a spectacular debut goal on the 86th minute. As the Lesotho kept themselves on the back foot Ghana went for the kill again with Jordan Ayew scoring on the 90th minute while Akaminko completed the rout two minutes into added time.

So a great start for Appiah and his team.

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Ghanaian Celebrity: Kevin Prince Boateng

Okay so the ladies man may just get a few more ladies after watching this video. When we first saw this we wanted to fast forward to the very end to see if this was for real (but that would just spoil the anticipation).

No, we are not going to spoil the fun for you neither, so watch the video below to see if Mr Kevin Prince-Boateng is really the man in the mirror doing the Michael Jackson rendition…

Asamoah Gyan & Ayew Shortlisted…

Ghana’s impressive performance in this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa is still receiving significant recognition.

Three of the players who were outstanding in the tournament have been shortlisted for the 2010 CAF African Footballer of the year award.

One of the three Ghanaian players is Asamoah Gyan, the Sunderland striker who scored important goals for Ghana, but also painfully missed a crucial penalty kick that would have sent Ghana into the semi finals in the World Cup.

The other two are Midfielder Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Mlian.

What is clearly impressive is …