Ghana midfielder, Kevin-Prince Boateng, says the Black Stars can cause a major upset at the World Cup.
The 27-year-old believes all eyes are on Germany and Portugal in Group G –often called the group of death – which will take pressure off Ghana.
However, Boateng won’t go as far as predicting the Africans can win the tournament in Brazil.
“We want to pull off an upset,” said Boateng.
“Everyone thinks Portugal and Germany will progress to the last 16, and that takes the pressure off us.
“(But) winning the World Cup is going to be tough. I think it will be easier to plan my wedding to be honest.”
In an exclusive interview for Bundesliga.com, which is given to Soccer Laduma as part of the media partnership with the German Bundesliga, the Ghana star also speaks about his ‘bad boy’ image and being a leader at Schalke.
“I have been through some tough times, but I’m really proud of what I have achieved. I have worked hard and I had to learn a lot,” Boateng continued.
“I played up to the reputation (of being a bad boy). I was young back then and it was somehow cool to be the bad boy.
“Ultimately I learned that the bad boy image doesn’t get you anywhere, especially in a country like Germany."
Boateng came through the youth ranks of Hertha Berlin and, following spells at Tottenham, Dortmund and Porthsmouth, his star rose at AC Milan.
After three years and one Seria A title at the Rossonieri, Boateng returned to Germany last summer. Despite only being 27, he is seen as a leader at Schalke and helps his side conquer for Champions League qualification.
“I spent three important years at Milan, a great club and gained a lot of experience there. Experience which I hope to pass on the younger lads,” he added.
“We need to take it one game at a time, we can’t think too far ahead.”
Schalke coach, Jens Keller, is full of praise of his summer signing and labels him as real leader.
“There are many players out there who think they are leaders, but address issues through the media. Kevin isn’t like that, he addresses problems within the squad,” Keller said.
“If you look at his body language at the pitch, the younger players can always look at him as an example.
“Even when things aren’t going so well, he is always pushing on, he has always got his head up. That’s why he such an important player for us.
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