FIFA Tech. Study Group Praises Ghana’s Trio

BLACK Stars’ captain Asamoah Gyan and two teammates, Andre Ayew and Harrison Afful were described as the key players in the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA’s Technical Study Group – TSG, singled out the trio in their post-tournament report released last Thursday.

Though Ghana were ranked 25th after the 32-team tournament and exited in the first round, the TSG report handed out rave reviews for the trio.

GYAN Asamoah: team leader, mobile, creates opportunities for team-mates by running wide or dropping deep to draw defence out, skilful and powerful

AYEW Andre: mobile and energetic, leaves opponents unbalanced by creating room with his movement, excellent headed goal versus Germany

AFFUL Harrison: efficient in both defence and attack, excellent crosses from the right, strong in one-on-one situations in attack and defence, skilful and fast

Also, the style of Ghana’s play came in for praise with the TSG noting the following as positives:good links between the team lines, midfield pressingpatient build-up play from the back through the midfield,attacks using the width,effective use of full-backs,good individual technique and athletic players

The main findings and comprehensive statistics of the 64-match analysis will be discussed with delegations from the various confederations expected to deliberate on the report.

Events are scheduled to take place as follows: UEFA, Saint Petersburg, 16-17 September 2014,CAF, Cairo, 30 September – 1 October 2014and AFC/OFC, Kuala Lumpur, 29-31 October 2014.

In a related development, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has sent a congratulatory message to Ghana’s champions, Asante Kotoko for winning the domestic league.

The Porcupine Warriors annexed their 23rd title success of the elite competition as they were decorated the champions of the 2013-14 First Capital Plus Premier League.

“Please pass on my warmest congratulations to Asante Kotoko, winning their third title in succession,” the FIFA President penned in his letter.

Blatter said the contributions of the players, technical staff and supporters played a part in the success.

“It pays testimony to the standing of the club.

“My warmest wishes go to the players, manager, the technical and medical staff and all of the team’s supporters as each part of this organisation have no doubt been instrumental in their club’s victory.

“On behalf of the world football community, I would like to thank Asante Kotoko for the excitement they bring to fans of the beautiful game and wish them all the best for the future.”

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