Despite the heartbreak the Black Stars gave to Ghanaian soccer fans by failing to live up to expectations at the 2022 World Cup, Ghana assistant coach George Boateng still insists the Black Stars did way better than the hosts Qatar and other nations.
Prior to the competition, the Black Stars were rated 61st in the FIFA world rankings and had a 0.01% chance of winning.
Ghana left the competition after group play after being placed in the same group as Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea. Otto Addo’s team lost to Portugal by a score of 3-2, then beat South Korea by the same margin before falling to Uruguay by a score of 2-0.
Assessing Ghana’s performance at the World Cup in a recent interview on Joy Sports, Boateng said the team performed better than the likes of Qatar, Denmark and Costa Rica.
“If you look at it, we performed well as a team, well enough in every game. If you look at the game against Portugal, the team was compact, very solid, everybody gave his all and we all know if the penalty wasn’t given, things could have been different.
“The game against South Korea was outstanding. The players showed so much character in that game, leading two nil and conceding two goals to then find the courage and still come back to win the game gave us such a good confidence boost,” he argued.
He added: “If you looked at it overall we were the lowest-ranked team going to the World Cup but we did better than Denmark, Serbia, Iran, Coast Rica Saudi Arabia, and Qatar the host. So if you look at it we performed well enough.”
“In the last game against Uruguay, it could have been a lot better for us had only luck gone our way.”