How I rate the performance of the Black Stars at South Africa 2010

[1] Daniel Adjei: I expected him to keep the bench warm and he did it that job well. With London 2012 and African Nations Cup 2012 approaching, Adjei will have his chance soon (NO RATING)

[2] Hans Adu Sarpei: I expected a good performance from the lateral defender. For me, he was reliable in this tournament. His maturity was admirable. I hope he has enough football in him for one more tournament, African Nations Cup 2012.

Since Sarpei is fast approaching retirement, it might be in the long term interest of Ghana if an alternative lateral defender is cultured with some exposure. Harrison Afful, Jerry Akaminko, David Nii Addy, Ibrahim Morro, Godfred Sakka and a few others could be given the chance. (6/10)

[3] Asamoah Gyan: The pseudo-name ‘odumfukumfu’ is given to one who save you while at the same time kills you. Here in lies the paradox of Gyan; the chap who fetches water for the home, yet ends up braking a lot of pots.

Asamoah gave Ghana the best tournament of his life. He was exceptional on the ball and contributed so much to the game. At 25, Gyan could come good at Brazil 2014. It was rather unfortunate that the Baby Jet could not knock home the penalty which would have taken Ghana to the semi-finals of South Africa 2010 (8/10).

[4] John Paintsil: In my opinion, John was not exceptional. He was average at best. His off the ball leadership was admirable, but he leaked too many balls and looked largely unimpressive. (5/10).

[5] John Mensah: ‘Ahuoden Mensah’ [The String Mensah] our defensive stronghold will not stop setting offside traps, taking knocks from kids and complaining throughout the game. However, John had a pretty good tournament even though his performance was tarnished by his terrible penalty against Uruguay which contributed to sending Ghana out of the tournament. (6/10).

[6] Anthony Annan: Uncelebrated; probably because of his diminutive body frame, Annan had a great tournament. The days of Adolf Armah aside, I am yet to recall any Ghanaian defensive midfielder who played his role better than Annan. He gave us an excellent tournament (8/10).

[7] Samuel Inkoom: He had his chance when Prince Tagoe failed to make any impact on the right wing. Out of the two games Inkoom started, he played his role very well, pouring forward and sending in some good crosses. Even though I expected more from the young wing back, I think he had a good tournament (7/10).

[8] Jonathan Mensah: Jonathan had an above average tournament. His rare sense of anticipation and timing were discovered in this tournament. In spite of his mistakes as a centre back and giving away one penalty, Jonathan had a very good tournament.  I had predicted an average tournament, but Jonathan played above the average. With such quality experience, one just hopes he will be fit and more matured ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games (6/10).

[9] Derek Owusu Boateng: We did not get to see Derek (NO RATING).

[10] Stephen Appiah: …and I always thought ‘Captain Marvel’ was a spent force. Stephen Appiah’s experience and influence in all the games he featured in were rare. For a man who had not played football in 2 years to be this fit and composed, he needs to be commended. He always told media men that he knew himself and knew he still had a lot of football in him….and he proved it to everybody (6/10).

[11] Sulley Ali Muntari: He started one game and almost ended up the hero when he scored against Uruguay. For one moment some of the fickler-minded fans who had spent several million bytes of sound to pour invectives on the Inter Milan wide midfielder were singing his praise. Ali may not have the energy to play for 90 minutes, or the disposition of ‘false humility’ to win the favour of the masses, but when he is in full gear, he is a gem for Ghana (7/10).

[12] Prince Tagoe: Earlier on I mentioned that Tagoe has not had the great national team career everyone expected. I predicted that he did not have what it took to give Ghana an above average tournament. The former Prince of Ghana Football (overthrown by Kevin-Prince) had a disappointing tournament (3/10).

[13] Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew: Clearly the most improved Ghanaian player. Dede had a super tournament. The kid exceeded everyone’s expectation with some very beautiful football and overall massive influence. To the extent that today, it appears Dede has become one of the irreplaceable players like Anthony Annan. With time, when he matures into his own, this kid will power Ghana to many glorious moments. I expect him to join others to give Ghana Olympic gold at London 2012 (9/10).

[14] Matthew Amoah: We did not get to see enough of Matthew to rate him. (NO RATING).

[15] Isaac Vorsah: Isaac had a good tournament overall. His imposing physical presence became useful throughout the tournament and when he could not play because of injury, it was quite clear that Ghana was lacking in central defence (5/10).

[16] Stephen Ahorlu: We did not get to see him play (NO RATING).

[17] Ibrahim Ayew: We did not get to see him play (NO RATING).

[18] Dominic Adiyiah: Piss poor penalty cost us the Semi finals. I still hold to the view that his U-20 performance has given false hopes to many fans and officials (4/10).

[19] Lee Addy: At one point fans nick-named him ‘Lee Frog’ for his penchant to leap and head the ball in any direction. His willingness to do his best was obvious though. Something which I cannot point to was always lacking in the game of Ghana’s Defender of the Year 2009/2010 (5/10).

[20] Quincy Owusu-Abeyie: We did not get to see him play (NO RATING).

[21] Kwadwo Asamoah: I was disappointed in Kwadwo, not because he did not play well, but because Kwadwo fell short of the expectation of many. Kwadwo had a very good tournament, but like many experts and fans, I wanted him to take much more responsibility and at times he was simply missing. I still look forward to wonderful games in future from Kwadwo (8/10).

[22] Richard Kingson: I must admit, but for Richard, Ghana would not have reached the quarter final stage. He came good and provided some very excellent saves (8/10).

[23] Kevin-Prince Boateng: There is a new Prince in town. Kevin-Prince played a wonderful tournament. He has integrated fast into the team and Ghanaian football culture and I hope he maintains this level of performance (8/10).


1 Response to “How I rate the performance of the Black Stars at South Africa 2010”

  1. 1 dia
    July 15, 2010 at 6:39 am

    obviously a fair assessment. Thumbs up!

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