Why this kit is good:
One of the best things about the World Cup is that it’s a melting pot of cultures. The colours and patterns on the kits sported by the African nations are definitely something I look forward to, and while there have been some horrific African entries – looking at you, Nigeria 1994 (more on that later) – sometimes a kit will come along and do the business. Much like Nigeria’s widely well-received kit of this year, I really love Ghana’s 2014 away kit. The red patterns, the gold trim with the stars – the shirt is colourful, full of character, and lots of fun. A superb kit.
Sadly, Ghana only got to wear this stunner for one game in the tournament, as they exited Brazil 2014 with only one point. Luckily for me, however, the game they did wear this kit gave Ghana their best result – a 2-2 draw against Germany – and was notable for a number of talking points.
The Black Stars responded to Mario Gotze’s clumsy opener with two goals in ten minutes from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, before Miroslav Klose came off the bench and equalised for Germany with his 15th World Cup goal – the one that took him level with OG Ronaldo. With his goal, Gyan became the first African player to score in three World Cups, as well as the joint top-African World Cup goalscorer.
Other things of note in this game – it was Boateng vs Boateng: Electric Boogaloo as brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince took opposing sides for the second time in four years, while Ghana’s Sulley Muntari escorted a streaker off the pitch early in the second half. Nice family-friendly stuff.
This kit reminds me of:
This celebration after Gyan’s goal. Man, I wish I had swag like this.
Rating out of 10:
8/10. In truth, you don’t notice the intricacies of the kit when it’s on camera, and as much as I do like the pattern, perhaps the addition of the phrase “Black Stars” on the kit is too on the nose.
Which non-football related function would I wear it to?
I’d wear this shirt everywhere! At the very least, a party where I’d fail to emulate Gyan’s dance moves.