Daniel McDonnell's Brazil Daily - FIFA World Cup 2014
Boateng's condemnation of Ghanaian FA may mean end of International career
IN GHANA, the fall-out from their World Cup catastrophe continues. The comments of Kevin Prince Boateng over the weekend, where he accused the FA of unprofessionalism, added fuel to the flames, with the midfielder speaking of the team sitting in economy class for the 12-hour flight between Miami and Brazil while a Ghanaian blazer sat in business class with his wife and kids.
Yesterday, in the capital of Accra, the Ghana authorities held a briefing to discuss the whole affair. Coach James Kwesi Appiah was asked if he was ever going to call up Boateng again. "When you are building the team, you have to make sure there is discipline in the team," he said. "For now, I don't think he will be part of our plans. I am concentrating on those who will be disciplined and will kill for our nation."
Ghanaian FA president Kwesi Nyantaki denied that the association had any role in the 'shame and waste' of the World Cup and, remarkably, tried to claim that the tournament hadn't been an embarrassment despite the dreadful image of the convoy of cars with cash heading for the team hotel and reports of violent clashes inside it.
"Much as the performance of our team was far below our expectations, I don't think it can be described as wasteful and shameful," he said. "I do not think we entirely disgraced ourselves. Our match against Germany was the best Black Stars' match I've seen in my life. We may not have qualified but we distinguished ourselves credibly."
Sounds like they could do with a Genesis Report.
Italian manufacturer puts its shirt on Costa Rica and hits a Lotto jackpot
Costa Rica did not arrive at this tournament as style icons.
While Nike, Adidas and Puma splashed the cash to sponsor the main protagonists, 'Los Ticos' arrived with a low key white strip with a single red stripe that was designed by Italian manufacturers Lotto.
Their association with Lotto goes back to their debut World Cup experience in 1990, but the company has fallen behind its more powerful global competitors.
Costa Rica's success on the field, however, has made them the kit success of the tournament.
Lotto is now struggling to keep up with demand with 50,000 jerseys sold since the opening victory over Uruguay and the company is now frantically trying to produce the shirts to meet mounting orders.
The manufacturers had also faced criticism from players before the tournament when the jerseys were drenched in sweat during a warm-up friendly with Japan in Florida – a few adjustments have allowed them to thrive in the sweltering conditions in Recife and Fortaleza.
As Costa Rica advance, Lotto is laughing all the way to the bank.
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