FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — After losing the first match, two subjects are off limits for Ghana: An early exit from the World Cup, and family.
Ghana striker Kevin Prince Boateng could play against his half-brother Jerome on Saturday, when the ambitious Africans take on Group G favorite Germany in Fortaleza.
The Boatengs already met in their last World Cup four years ago when Germany won 1-0, and have played against each other in the Bundesliga.
Then there's Andre Ayew.
The 24-year-old winger plays with his younger brother Jordan in the Ghana squad, and their father was football great Abedi Pele, who was once a national teammate of the current coach James Appiah.
The coach and Andre Ayew insisted family had little significance in the game against Germany, which started the tournament with a 4-0 thrashing of Portugal.
"Tomorrow it's not about the Ayew bothers or the Boateng brothers. It's Ghana versus Germany, and what's important is that we have a good game," Ayew said. "What I can tell you is that, tomorrow we are going to die for our nation and do everything make our people proud."
When pressed at a news conference, he added, laughing: "I'm not here to talk about my dad. I think it's something in the genes. God has given us the opportunity to be a football family."