World Cup – Rate every player on the Ghana team via World Cup

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The Black Stars scored two five-goal games against Portugal and South Korea, but exited the tournament after a 0-2 loss to Uruguay.

In this feature, GOAL rates all 19 players used by head coach Otto Addo in the global tournament.

Goalkeepers
Laurence Artie Zigi (6/10)

The keeper rated himself well, even if some of the stops against South Korea looked dramatic.

Luis Suarez’s initial effort could have been better, as Uruguay scored their first goal in the group decider.

Nevertheless, it was a commendable game as Ati-Zigi was only first choice due to injuries to Joe Wollacott and Richard Ofori.

Danrad Ibrahim (N/A)

The goalkeeper did not appear in the final in Qatar.

Manav Nuruden (N/A)

The 23-year-old goalkeeper did not play in the global competition.

Center backs
Mohamed Salisu (7.5/10)

The Southampton center-back had a very good debut for Ghana. He was unfortunate to concede a penalty in the opening game, although he gave the referee a decision after a harsh hit on Cristiano Ronaldo.

His serious attitude allowed him to get more clearances than any other player and was third in the Ghana squad.

If one doesn’t remember Salisu’s goal and subsequent goal clearance in the 3-2 win over South Korea, it will be time for the Black Stars to defend their slim advantage.

Daniel Amartey (7/10)

Amartey may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he was outstanding in Qatar, especially with his impressive range of passing.

Despite playing less time than his centre-back partner, he was equal to Salisu (15) in terms of recovery and played an important role in their possession push.

Alexandre Gichu (5.5/10)

The Strasbourg defender played well in both of his appearances, although he only made one start at center back as Otto Addo preferred Salisu and Amati at center back.

Joseph Edu (N/A)

The center back did not appear in the final.
Wingbacks
Abdul Rahman Bali (6/10)

Often looked a half yard slower on the defensive end, but was often crucial for the Black Stars going forward.

Only Thomas Partey was involved in more open passes leading to shots on goal than the left back (6-5), who was outplayed by the Arsenal man in terms of progressive passing.

Dad persisted intermittently, but he wasn’t as bad as one might think.

Alidu Saidu (6/10)

A center back at right back and right wingback, the Claremont-footed defender may have struggled against Portugal, but did well in Uruguay’s 2-0 loss.

Tarek Rampantay (4/10)

The right-back was below par in Qatar, failed to pull up a tree after coming on against Portugal, overloaded the right side against South Korea and did not play in the deciding game against Uruguay.

Did Lamptey’s absence from game time before the match contribute to the poor performance?

Gideon Mensah (5.5/10)

Mensah made just one appearance in Qatar, replacing Baba Rahman at left-back against South Korea, and was involved in the move that led to Mohamed Koudouz’s winning goal.

Denis Odoi (N/A)

Came on for the last 13 minutes against South Korea. The Club Brugge right-back has not seen enough time on the pitch during Ghana’s World Cup campaign.
Midfielders
Thomas Partey (8/10)

Despite his performance at the World Cup, the Arsenal player was criticized.

No player passed more into the final third (18 times), made more progressive passes (14 times) or was involved in more open play leading to shot attempts.

Only Kudus recovered the ball more than Partey (22-21), further demonstrating that Partey’s condemnation was unfounded.

Mohamed Kudus (8.5/10)

Undoubtedly Ghana’s best player in Qatar, the Ajax man was arguably the team’s entire attacking strategy at times.

He was involved in their first goal against Portugal and scored twice in the 3-2 win over South Korea.

No Black Star can outplay Koudouz.

Shalith Adusami (6.5/10)

The midfielder had a shaky start against Uruguay, but recovered to put in a satisfactory World Cup performance against South Korea and Portugal.

Daniel Coffey-Carey (5/10)

The Freiburg attacking midfielder played in every game, with all three making cameos. Barely involved.

Elisha Owusu (N/A)

Owusu did not play in the Qatar match.

Forwards
Jordan Ayew (7/10)

Although the Crystal Palace player was responsible for one of Portugal’s goals in the 2-3 defeat, he played an important role in all three of the Black Stars’ goals against the Taichi Warriors. In fact, his first assist on Kudus was arguably the assist of the group stage.

It was also Jordan’s shot against Uruguay that led to the ensuing chaos, with the Ajax man winning the ill-fated penalty kick that was not converted.

Andre Ayew (5.5/10)

Ghana’s 2022 World Cup could be remembered for Andre’s meek first-half penalty against Uruguay as it could have denied the West Africans a place in the tournament.

The striker scored Africa’s first goal against Portugal, but it proved to be the highest level of his participation in Qatar.

Inaki Williams (5/10)

The Athletic Bilbao striker was poor in front of goal, as his mistake led to the equalizer against Portugal, while a mistake against South Korea almost cost his team the game.

Williams has never been prolific, so his loss in Qatar wasn’t particularly surprising.

Kamaldeen Sulemana (5/10)

Sulemana impressed in the final with his dribbling and ball carrying abilities. Unfortunately, despite playing 45 minutes, he was unable to pull off an upset against Uruguay.

Osman Bukhari (5.5/10)

The flank attacker cut the deficit against Portugal in half, but that wasn’t the case. Against the South Americans, Bukhari replaced Andre Ayew after halftime, but failed to turn things around.

Abdel Fatawu Issahaku (N/A)

Issahaku played just one minute in Qatar, coming on in the final stages of Uruguay’s 2-0 defeat.

Daniel Afriyie (N/A)

The teenager did not play in all three games.

Kamal Sova (N/A)

was one of seven players who did not play for Otoado.

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