Jordan regrets 'missed chance' at 2014 Fifa World Cup

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The Swansea City forward reflects on his performance at the last global showpiece

Almost three years after Ghana's disastrous campaign at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, striker Jordan Ayew has shed light on his performance at the tournament held in Brazil.

Then a peripheral figure, the 25-year-old was lucky to make the Black Stars' final 23-man squad, playing all three games as Ghana crashed out at the group stage.

It was not all rosy for the frontman as he was criticized by local fans for refusing to set up unmarked Asamoah Gyan in the 2-2 draw with Germany for what could have put the Black Stars 3-1 up, instead he opted for personal glory.

“I started the first game [against the USA],” Jordan recalled, as reported by his club's official website.

“I wasn’t even supposed to be in the starting XI but we played against South Korea in a friendly before the tournament and I did well [scored a hat-trick].

“I got into the team after that game, but I couldn’t keep my performance at the same level and I missed my chance.

“My problem, when I was younger I was not consistent.

“But I am better now because I am more mature. I understand things better.”

Jordan may have to wait until the 2022 World Cup to make amends as the Black Stars are unlikely to make it to Russia 2018.

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After matchday two of the final round qualifiers, Ghana trail group leaders Egypt by five points following a draw with Uganda and a defeat to the Pharaohs.

The Swansea City man has played in all two major tournaments of the Black Stars since the last World Cup, including the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

 

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