Thursday, June 26, 2014

World Cup 2014: Ghana out after internal unrest

Asamoah Gyan scores equaliser
Ghana had looked to Asamoah Gyan to deliver them but unrest within the team overshadowed their final group G fixture. The Black Stars follow Cameroon and Ivory Coast into the exit (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The Black Stars are out of the World Cup a day after reports about internal unrest within its camp in Brazil.

Ghana loss 2-1 to Portugal at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia on Thursday during their final group G match.

Similar to Cameroon, the Ghanaians had threatened to boycott the match against Portugal in row over match bonuses, according to media reports.

Hours before the game, the Ghana Football Association, GFA, announced it has expelled midfielders Kavin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari.

It said Muntari "physically attack" an FA executive committee member and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr Moses Armah on June 24 during a meeting.

While Boateng is reported to have used "vulgar verbal insults" targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during a training session in Maceio this week. 

Both Muntari and Boateng's accreditation for the World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect, the FA said. The former was to miss today's game anyway after picking up two yellow cards in their previous matches.

However, as the duo were leaving, they left along with the team - Ghana was to bow out of the World Cup after defeat to European opponents Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo
The World's best player, Ronaldo, ensured Portugal sign off with a win (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Ghana began by scoring a Christiano Ronaldo cross into their own post when defender Ghana defender John Boye gave Portugal the lead on the half hour mark (30 minutes).

Striker Asamoah Gyan headed home a 57th minute equaliser, before Ronaldo puts in the winner ten minutes before full time.

Both teams are out of the competition with Ghana managing only 1 point while Portugal had 4 points. 

In the other group G fixture, leaders Germany (with 9 points) defeated the USA 1-0 at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Jurgen Klinsman's side (on 4 points) progress to the last 16 despite the loss.

The Black Stars world cup campaign saw them lose 2-1 to USA in their opening match, grab a 2-2 against over Germany, before losing 2-1 to Portugal.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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