Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is at variance with head coach Kwesi Appiah saying he deserved to start in Monday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup clash against USA.
Boateng admitted he was surprised to be left out of the starting line-up in their 2-1 defeat in Natal in their Group G opener.
He came on in the 59th minute to replace Jordan Ayew and helped the Black Stars level the scoring through Andre Ayew on 82 minutes.
But Ghana were undone by a late John Brooks header after 86 minutes to hand the Yanks their first ever win over Ghana in international football.
“I am surprised I did not start yes, I know that you always start with your strong team but may be the Coach had a different idea,” the Schalke 04 playmaker told the media after the match.
Boateng is expected to start in Ghana next match against Germany-his country of birth-on Saturday.
Ghana must win that match or face early elimination from the tournament.