Ghana played a much more improved game against Germany in the second Group G game at the Estadio Castelo, in Forteleza, but failed to pick the three maximum points due to series of near misses on the part of the playing body.
The outcome of the game puts Ghana in tight a corner with a very slim opportunity to progress to the next stage of the competition.
It was a game, Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah’s tactical changes made a major influence on the play of the team, hence the improved performance.
The coach who made three changes to the first team that played United States of America (USA) saw the presence Harrison Afful on the right side of defence making a huge contribution to the general play of the team.
Afful, whose influence in defence, midfield and attack was brought to bear as he was a major contributor to the team was given positive recommendations by the FIFA technical team, whilst the central defensive pair of Jonathan Mensah and John Boye brought some level of stability in the defence.
However the central defensive pair needs to improve upon their coordination and partnership to make the defence much more solid.
On other hand, Kevin Prince Boateng’s presence in attack was not that significant, as his impact was minimal and one may attribute it to over anxiety on his part taking into consideration the verbal war between him and people from his land of birth – Germany.
However, Coach Kwesi Appiah described the decision to substitute him as tactical adding that, he played an instrumental role in the scheme of things for the team.
Though Ghana’s performance saw such more improvement as compared to the first game, one of the major weaknesses of the team, was the way and manner they easily lose concentration.
All the three goals conceded by the team in the game against Germany were as a result a minute’s loss of concentration on the part of the playing body.