Egypt v Ghana: player ratings

November 20, 2013 5:03 AM

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The play was characterized by large spells of Egyptian domination, with intermittent moments of goodness from the Black Stars.'s Gary Al-Smith rates the playersm who were generally not great.

Fatau Dauda - 6/10: He got the job done, but his dauy will be remembered for poor decision making, especially for the first goal from Amr Zaki. The Fatau of 2012 would have been sharper, but this version needs a club ASAP. That said, who can forget some of the point-blank saves he made?

Jerry Akaminko - 8/10: Short of one error or two, he probably had his best game for the national team. He anticipated situations superbly and was physically present on the ground and in the air.

Rashid Sumaila - 7/10: His potential has not been in doubt, but his temperament has. And in every game, he ticks another box. Egypt will remember him for some nerves, but he fought very well in the air and was not afraid to get his body in the way.

Harrison Afful - 5/10: Usually one of Ghana's brightest, he became the target to be tactically exploited by Bob Bradley. Egypt realized early that the experienced Abdel Shafy could bully him. Overlapped on the few occasions Kwadwo Asamoah was not in the picture and contributed an assist's assist for Ghana's goal.

Daniel Opare - 3/10: He would want to forget this one in a hurry. Was absolutely killed by Hazem Emam, who caused his yellow card, and the speedy Mohammed Salah. Opare will look at the video and notice he was the reason Gedo was played onside for egypt's second.

Michael Essien - 5/10: Quiet day for the Bison, surprisingly. Could not find his feet and miscued plenty balls. Essien was easy pickings for Egypt's central midfield pair of Aboutreika and Hossam Ghaly.

Sulley Muntari - 5/10: The start of the game - speedy, intense and end-to-end - did not put him in a good light. He elected to be on set-piece duty, which did not also turn up well. Like Essien, he was not comfortable on the ball.

Kwadwo Asamoah - 5/10: Another player who had a baffling game. The shine of his play came as he helped Harrison Afful with defensive duties. That aside, he overcooked things when simpler options were fine.

Andre Ayew - 4/10: Looked petrified in the first quarter hour in the hostile environment. Also guilty, like others, of poor play but his major sin was not tracking back.

Abdul Majeed Warris - 6/10: Without great service, the Russian-based man put in a good shift, running at balls and chasing them down.

Asamoah Gyan - 6/10: He gave Kevin-Prince a fine assist for the killer blow for Egypt, but was one of those who did not have a good game. Marking exactly ten years of Black Stars service came with a slow day at the office.

Mubarak Wakaso - 5/10: Yellow card was expected after he came on for Dede Ayew. Showed more energy and should start for the team next time.

Kevin-Prince Boateng - 6/10: Did great for the length of time he was on. The goal was a poacher's finish and a relief.

Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu: 5/10 - He has played as a sub in all his games this qualifying series. Did not impose himself on the game but his runs were needed to help those who were tired, especially in the middle.


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