Preferred position: Kevin-Prince Boateng prefers free role in Black Stars

Kevin-Prince Boateng wants to be the player who controls the flow of the Black Stars’ offensive play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old told a section of the German media that he does not want the deep-lying midfield role he played for Ghana during the last World Cup in South Africa but prefers to be given a free role on the field because that makes him very useful to the team.

“I hope (I play) behind the forwards,” Boateng said.

“I believe that’s where the coach sees me. We have two strong defensive midfielders with [Michael] Essien and [Sulley] Muntari. I hope I can play on my favourite position where I can act freely.”

Boateng, who was recently named the most successful African dribbler in Europe’s top five leagues, touched on the strength of Ghana’s Group G opponents, Portugal, saying the reigning World Footballer of the Year, Ronaldo, has what it takes to make the difference for Portugal.

The Black Stars have a last group date with Portugal on June 26, but will face off with US and Germany prior to that encounter.

Boateng said, ‘the group is very strong. If Cristiano Ronaldo is fit, it will be very hard to beat Portugal. Germany, Ghana and the USA will have to fight for the other points.’

The former AC Milan midfielder, however, stressed the need for the Black Stars not to be afraid of any of their Group G opponents, which also includes Germany and the USA.

He said.’These are 90 minutes of football, nobody needs to be afraid. The German team has extraordinary qualities; they have individual players that can decide a single game by themselves. I think the only one you really need to look out for is Marco Reus.”

Boateng   also tipped Brazil as favourites to win the competition since they have a home advantage.

‘Brazil, they play at home and have an extraordinary team. Spain is on top clearly. It would be a nice final,’ he said.

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