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The Puzzle of the Prince…

KPB return good or bad?

 

And so it proved. Just as many had foreseen, it happened. Kevin Prince Boateng, after a number of self-imposed years in the international football wilderness, proclaimed his desire to return to the Black Star fold. The announcement neatly arriving just as Ghana were booking their place in the World Cup qualification play-offs. From a man who after becoming the poster boy of the world’s new 2nd favourite team, made the jump from Championship football mediocrity to Champions League stardom and duly retired from international football to ‘focus on my team and domestic career’.

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The announcement brought a mix of emotion and reaction. Ladies fawned at the prospect of their Adonis once again gracing their screens and their fantasies over World Cup season, while others bristled, crying screams of betrayal and past sins. A large cohort of Ghana supporters are furious at what they envision is a flagrant abuse of the national team as a platform to further one’s own selfish ambitions, and are upset at the GFA for allowing the prestige of the team to be abused in such a way.

However, some are of the opinion that the addition of a man who after retiring from the Black Stars went on to become an integral part of the midfield of one of the biggest clubs in world football, will do no harm to Ghana’s chances of improving on their quarter-final finish at Brazil. And this is a valid point. At WC2010 Kevin-Prince crackled with ingenuity, bringing European class and stability into a midfield which could at times be naive and gung-ho. Now, 4 years wiser and with more top-level experience, surely his return is a cause for joy and increased optimism? Surely a midfield presence of Kevin-Prince and the legendary Michael Essien, with countless top-level experience between them, can only serve Ghana’s ambitions well?

Should we let bygones be bygones? Or should we crucify the man for his past (assumed) indiscretions and potentially self-sabotage our chances at a peaceful and prosperous World Cup campaign? Whatever your opinion, this is one puzzle which doesn’t look like it will be solved anytime soon…

 

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Kevin Prince Boateng out of Egypt game

Is KPB’s absence really a blow to the Black Stars chances?

 

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As if concerns about the security of the Black Stars was not enough; In a further off field development it has been confirmed that  Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng will miss Tuesday’s World Cup play-off first leg against Egypt in Kumasi after suffering a knee injury. Boateng picked up the injury playing for German club Schalke during a Bundesliga match on Saturday. Tests in Germany have revealed that Boateng must undergo treatment on his left knee.

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has decided not to call up a replacement in his squad, which I think is the right call. Inevitably a lot may be made of this news and whether this makes the Black Stars all the more difficult against the Egyptians. However I think it is fair to say that it is business as usual.

Boateng is yet to play for Ghana since ending his international retirement after missing the  last qualifier against Zambia in Kumasi. Therefore Ghana are not missing anything they have not had for the past two and a half years. Albeit Boateng has been in good form for his new team Schalke after joining then from AC Milan last month Ghana have enough going forward to trouble the Egyptians. Indeed I would’ve have been more alarmed if it was Kwadwo Asamoah , Christian Atsu or Asamoah Gyan who have were the ones pulling out injured. All three have been regular contributors in the qualifying campaign and had Boateng been fit I don’t think he would have started anyway.

More of a concern for Ghana should be the injury to defender, John Boye who is a serious doubt for the game. Along with fellow defender Jonathan Mensah who has already been ruled out , the Black Stars are looking quite vulnerable at the back. Their absences could have a  big bearing on the game.

Of course an injury to a big name player like Kevin Prince Boateng is going to get the bigger headlines but I would make the case that Ghana’s defensive injuries are a bigger blow, lets hope not too much of a blow though.

In the Black Stars we trust!

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Ghana Football News: Weekly Update

This week in review of Ghanaian footballers plying their trade abroad: 

1. Ghana ends AFCON2012 campaign in 4th place

2. John Mensah Named to AFCON2012 Best XI

3. Muntari joins new teammates

4. Jordan Ayew gets game winning goal

5. Asamoah Gyan gets back to his scoring ways

6. Kevin Prince scores in champion’s league

1. The Ghana National team ended their quest for the  2012 African Cup in 4th place. They faced Mali and lost by the scoreline of 2-0. After the heartbreaking semi-final  loss to Zambia 1-0 the spirit was sucked out of the players. Blackstars should lift their head high that they lost to the eventual AFCON winners,  the copper bullets of Zambia.

2. Ghana captain, John Mensah has been named to the CAF African Cup 2012 all star team. Mensah is the only Blackstar who made the  team of the tourney as he netted twice in the competition. Kwadwo Asamoah made the substitutes bench XI.

3. Ghana international, Sulley Muntari has joined cross town rivals Ac Milan on loan. The midfielder was on  loaned out the winter transfer deadline. The talented Ghanaian has since joined his new team mates after the Nations cup. The Rossoneri will face Cesena on Sunday with Muntari in the Starting XI. He’ll play from the first minute” – Massimo  Allegri, Ac Milan coach, when asked if Sulley will play. His contract with Inter expires this summer. 

4.  Jordan Ayew used his recent experience on national duty, to come off the bench  smashed a nasty game winner in 54′ as  as Marseille smash Bourg-Peronnas 3-1 in the French Cup on Wednesday. 

5. Babyjet returned from the African cup in style as Asamoah Gyan, scored the game winner in the 62′ as Al-Ain win 2-0 over FC Dubai on wednesday night.

6.  Former Ghana International, Kevin Prince Boateng shines his first game back after his thigh injury. Prince opened the scoring in the ’15 with a dangerous volley as Ac Milan blanked Arsenal 4-0 in champions league. 

Should he return to the national team?

Here is a clip of his goal v. Arsenal in Wednesday’s champions league match

This is the weeks news for Ghanaian footballers  worldwide.

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Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan Quits Blackstars!

Asamoah Gyan quits Ghana Football Team “Indefinitely”

 

So Asamaoh Gyan has decided to quit the Blackstars ‘indefinitely’. Not really a surprise given the fact that Michael Essien took a “break” not so long ago and Kevin Prince Boateng decided not playing for Ghana would somehow prolong his career. Of late there seems to be an epidemic of Ghanaian players calling it a day. Thus the latest Gyan, in a letter to the GFA Gyan has cited being frustrated over the verbal abuse he has received” since the Africa Cup of Nations as his reason for quitting. The GFA is urging him to reconsider his decision but as it stands Gyan will not play for the Blackatars until further notice.

Asamoah_Gyan_Quits_Ghana_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comNow I would like to make one thing clear the verbal abuse suffered by Gyan is unacceptable. However if he is quitting purely for this reason then I find that difficult understand. It is part and parcel of the game that high profile players come in for criticism and although I don’t condone the abuse Gyan received I believe quitting the team is the wrong move. Unfortunately for Gyan he has been responsible for missing two very significant penalties (World Cup 2010 and CAN 2012) in the last two years and I believe a combination of his disappointment and a lack of confidence in himself has contributed in his decision. However the only reason he can get over that is by pulling on the Black Stars jersey once again. You only have to look at David Beckham in 1998 when he got sent off for England in the World Cup. He was crucified by the English media, suffered abuse from rival fans and even received death threats. However he never considered quitting the national team and in fact that incident was the making of him. For the following season and beyond he was one of the best players in the league won the treble with Manchester United went on to eventually captain England. Then three years later received complete redemption by scoring the goal that sent England to the World Cup in 2002. What a story! and I don’t think Beckham would be the same player he was had he not suffered that terrible time. To this day he even says it made him mentally stronger. Thus I believe Gyan’s story can be similar, he to can get his redemption.

Even the sternest critics of Gyan have to admit that in the last two years he has been pivotal to Ghana’s success. You only have to look back at the important goals he has scored; the winner against Nigeria in CAN 2010, the winner against Serbia in Ghana’s first game of WC2010 and the winning goal against the USA that took Ghana to the quarter finals of the World Cup. He is Ghana’s star striker and although he can be inconsistent with his form, he is Ghana’s leading goal threat and it has been the over-reliance on Gyan by the team that has often proved their undoing.

If he is not to return to the team in the foreseeable future then it is a big blow for the Blackstars. I sincerely hope he will reconsider his decision and ideally I would like to see him playing in a top European league again because playing in the UAE is doing him no favours at all except for financially.

I am a firm believer in the saying “What does not kill you makes you stronger”. Thus if his life or that of his family is not in danger than I see no reason why he cannot play again. People will always talk in football whether you are doing well or not. Football fans are some of the most fickle people, they change their minds more than the weather. One minute they love you and the next they hate you. I think I can say with some assurance that the vast majority of Ghanaians support Gyan and want to see him play again; if he does not than I fear his two penalty misses will hinder and define his career. Thus if the Zambia game is to be his last game, then all I can say to him is thanks for the memories.

What are your thoughts on Gyan’s decision?

Do you think he will return?

And how will Ghana cope without him?

 

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Ghanaian Football: Black Stars Star Retires…

KPB Retirement at 24 to damage Black Stars ?

I have to admit when I first heard this news I was not that surprised. In fact in my last blog post (of 02 November 2011-Black Stars handed tricky draw for CAN 2012). I questioned the fact as to whether KPB would even be in the squad for CAN such has been his absence from the Black stars team since the World Cup last year.

Kevin_Prince_BoatengBoateng’s retirement certainly came as shock to the Ghana FA though. GFA president Kwesi Nyantaki described Boateng’s retirement as a ‘devastating blow‘ to the country and went on to claim the midfielder’s decision to quit damages Ghana’s hopes of winning the Nations Cup. Nyantaki went on to say; “I am very, very surprised because I least expected something like that to happen especially at a time very close to the Nations Cup,””This comes at the time we were banking on the availability of all our key players, including Kevin, so this news came as a thunderbolt. It was not taken lightly at all. It really shook all of us to the core”.

So there were strong words from the GFA president on Boateng’s retirement. But what were his reasons for doing so. Well he has claimed that his decision was based on his injury record was behind his decision and the physical demands of playing for both club and country at high levels are taking a toll on his health. The more cynical amongst us will say he has turned his back on Ghana and rushed into the decision especially considering his young age in footballing terms. I have even heard accusations from some that Boateng used Ghana, when switched nationality last year to represent the Black Stars, just to secure more profile for himself and for an opportunity to play on the biggest stage i.e. world cup.

Whatever the real reasons behind his decision the Black Stars will move on. His decision does not leave Ghana lacking in the Midfield department. As youngsters Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew as well as Michael Essien, Anthony Annan and Sulley Muntari are still available for the national team.

Ultimately Boateng’s retirement is a blow for the Black Stars. Simply because he is a good player and has been in good form for his club side AC Milan in Italy this season but Boateng has hardly featured for the Black Stars since the World Cup last year so I guess the writing on the wall.

Let us know your thoughts below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

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