Brazil 2014: World Cup is not about names – Gyan

Wednesday 2nd April , 2014 3:34 pm

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan is sure Brazil 2014 will be tough, and not about names.

Group G, where Ghana are housed, will require a collective pull of effort and experience from the last two World Cups, according to the forward.

“Portugal has got a great team. Germany, of course, is the favourite; that’s what people are saying. Statistically, they are the avourite in the group, but you might not know what is going to happen,” the Ghana FA website quotes the striker as saying.

“Any country that qualifies for the World Cup is a good one. That is where it’s a bit tricky, so we have to just watch out.”

Gyan has scored four goals in eight games – better than Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals in ten matches – believes all teams in the group have to earn their rites of passage to the next round.

“Yes, I see it like that (a Group of Death), but football doesn’t talk about names anymore. We’ve done it before; Ghana has done it before,” he said.

“In 2006, we were in the same group with Italy. Italy went through to win the Cup and we made it instead the US, who were rated 4th in the world around that time and Czech Republic was rated 5th in the world at that time and Ghana was the underdog. And we were able to deliver.

“The same thing happened in 2010. We were the same underdog and we were able to deliver. So, it has happened before and I don’t feel any pressure at all.

“We’ve got a lot of experience in the World Cup. We’re going to make sure we make every Ghanaian proud by playing our normal game and we’ll see what happens.”

The World Cup begins in June.

By: Gary Al-Smith/Citifmonline.com