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2014 World Cup: Black Stars hold first training session in Arnhem

From L-R: Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Rashid Sumaila

From L-R: Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Rashid Sumaila

By Rahman Osman

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah completed his first training session with the Black Stars in Arnhem on Sunday evening with Schalke ace Kevin-Prince Boateng taking part.

Kwesi Appiah with his assistant Maxwell Konadu led the 23 players available in camp to a 20 minutes jogging to warm the muscles up after flying from Accra to Dutch city.

The team was then divided into two group with Appiah leading the likes of Daniel Opare, Samuel Inkoom, Jeffrey Schlupp, Harrison Afful, Jerry Akaminko, John Boye, Rashid Sumaila, Jonathan Mensah, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Afriyie Acquah and Christain Atsu to do stretching exercises.

Rashid Sumaila prepares for training in Rotterdam

Rashid Sumaila prepares for training in Rotterdam

Konadu took charge of the group comprising Albert Adomah, Kevin-Prince Boateng, David Accam, Asamaoh Gyan, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew, Dede Ayew, Kwadwo Asamaoh, and Mohammed Rabiu.

The team was divided in to a two groups with goalkeepers Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams in post on a half park game which lasted 30 minutes.

Appiah rounded off today training by talking to the group.

AC Milan duo Sulley Muntari and Micheal Essien, who have been excused to report late, are expected to arrive in camp on Monday morning.

Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso will also fly out from Accra after failing to travel with the team on Saturday night because he could not find an important document.

Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, who responded to an emergency call from his Norwegian club Stromsgodset, is said to be on his way to camp after featuring in a league match on Saturday.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Nii Addy says:

    More grease to ur elbows go black stars go. We are solidily behind you.

  2. abu says:

    go black stars go.
    when is the match between us and the dutch?
    feed me if you know pls

    • Ken says:

      The match against Holland is the end of this month. They play Korea eight days after the Holland game.

    • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:

      ADVICE FOR AA
      AFCON MULTIPLIED BY 3 IS WAT U WILL FACE IN BRASIL. SO U BETTER SIT UP N THINK OF STRATEGIES FOR EACH TEAM LIKE A CAT.
      MY ONLY ADVICE TO YOU IS THIS…

      DISCIPLINE AND DIGNITY IN EVERYTHING!
      1.TRAIN THE GH PLAYERS TO MOVE WITHOUT THE BALL. THEY R SO LAZY THEY ENJOY STANDING, WATCHING N WAITING FOR BALL.
      THIS IS WHY GERMANY/OZIL BEAT GH 1 NIL BECOS THE GH DEFENCE WERE BALL WATCHING N OLELE WAS WATCHING THE GERMAN PLAYERS,INSTEAD OF THE BALL….LOL
      2.WATCH BARCELONA FC. EACH TIME A BARCA PLAYER GETS THE BALL.U SEE 2 BARCA PLAYERS AROUND HIM IN A TRIANGLE SHAPE.
      AA, JUST WATCH N YOU WILL SEE THIS STYLE IN THEIR MIDS AND STRIKERS. BY ADOPTING THE TRIANGULAR STYLE. U CAN DEFEND, ATTACK N EVEN REPOSSESS THE BALL WHEN YOU LOSE IT.
      3.THE PLAYERS MUST TRAIN AT DAWN/NITE TIME WITH LESS LIGHT.
      THEY MUST WORK ON FREEKICKS, SET PIECES, PENALTIES, CORNERKICKS, GETTING THE BALL INTO THE 18….. ETC..
      IF THEY CAN CONVERT SUCH PLAYS IN THE DARK. THEIR SUCCESS RATE IN CONVERTING THESE IN THE DAYTIME WILL BE MUCH HIGHER
      4.2/3 TOUCHES EACH. BREAK, CONTROL PASS
      ONLY THE #10 AND #8 ARE ALLOWED TO DRIBBLE THE BALL
      5.GOALIES MUST WATCH THE DAMN BALL AT ALL TIMES. U ARE NOT CATCHING PLAYERS, BUT THE BALL. SO WATCH THE DAMN BALL!
      6.Start ur subs over ur starters to get a more balanced, DEPTH, CONFIDENT team.
      AA MUST START ADAMS, NKUM, SCHLUPP, ACQUAH, ADOMAH, ACCAM,WAKASSO, JORDAN IN THE GAME VS THE DUTCH. THIS IS NO TIME TO BABYSIT. JUST THROW THEM IN THE FIRE BECOS THE WCUP WONT BE FAVORING ANYONE.
      against the dream team, wesaw how inefficient accam, wakasso and boye were. u see, i wasnt bullshitting when i said they werent battle tested.
      if you think im lying, start them vs the dutch n you will see…
      in a 38 european calendar season, these players have playedless that 70percent for their clubs and dont deserve to go to a wcup in my opinion.
      nkum..15games (drop him n bring in adusei)
      boye…10games(drop him n bring in adusei)
      jordan…less than 20 n still couldnt help his club escape relegation
      wakaso…less than 10games
      accam…less than 10 games thisseason. hasnt even played a full season in the swedish top flight to prove his abilities. these players are clearly not battle tested…
      7. mental conditioning/confidence building and lifting weights is crucial in this tournamnt. the gfa should bring in jnr agogo to help the boys lift metal.
      bring in a proven psychologist to constantly instill confidence in these players.
      8.RIDE THE SPEED BIKE 30MINUTES BEFORE PRACTICE, 30MINUTES AFTER PRACTICE. THIS WILL PREPARE THEIR LEGS FOR THE GRUELLING DEMANDS OF THE WCUP
      SUPERSTITIOUS AA!
      He seems timid, embodies fear. He has inferiority complex and believes in things he doesn’t even understand….recipe for destruction.
      U want to play akaminko as rigHt back? Have u seen him play as a right back for his club all season? Kasa is a better leftwinger than dede. Use dede in the middle instead.
      TUXMAN06@YAHOO.CA

  3. Azonto says:

    Comin saturday on the 31st of May, 8:30 PM dutch time, venue : Rotterdam

  4. Bempah says:

    Next week saturday 31st May

  5. Papadinho says:

    Where in Arnhem? Want to go and check them out. I’m living here and will love to see them train. Gsn please help out.

  6. Ghanaman says:

    I want to see more of jordan and adoma working together more in training camp. I can feel jordan will score more when adoma drives in the ball to him. Ghana4life

  7. nana says:

    All Kotoko players

  8. selfmade says:

    I want AA to try or pair gyan and kpb as the two twin strikers to see how it plays how becasus I saw something in the Egyptian match in Cairo which tells me that GYAN and kpb partnership ll be more deadly than gyan and waris! Waris is a top class, sublime, slim attacker who can weave thru congested areas to create goal scoring opportunities with a very COMPOSED FINISHED and has developed a great telepathic understanding with ghana but waris is starkly different to what we expect our team to perform esp in the WC! Waris is a player who is completely focused only on ATTACK and he fails to track back to aid the midfield in defensive duties and this was VISIBLE during the return match in Cairo where waris was found brooding in enemy territory when we were by runned OVER by the sheer numbers of the pharoahs! KPB ll offer a much different option because this is a player who is much ADEPT in front line of attack and can be extremely dangerous when moving attacking and he has the dynamism and TACKLING ABILITIES TO aid in defensive duties when needed! When kpb replaced waris in cairo, the game started to change in our favour becasus the what I just listed! There is not need of changing a winning team or formular but we need to have a BACK UP PLAN!! I REST MY CASE!

  9. selfmade says:

    Again, Dede should not be allow to take corners or freekicks because HE IS ONE OF THE BEST HEADER OF THE BALL! His positioning for headers is very accurate and he attacks the ball with power and pace! He has scored most of his goals from HEADERS and is rated as one of the best HEADERS OF THE BALL IN EUROPE! If we want to locate a target from a set piece be it from a free kick or corner,DEDE SHOULD SHOULD BE OUR NUMBER TARGET! Heading is one of his greatest assets and we have to start to take advantage of it rather than always Underutilizing it!! Before we take our free kicks or corners, we should make should DEDE IS THE TARGET AND IS IN THE RIGHT SPOT IN THE OPPOSITION DEFENCE!

  10. Dr Who says:

    If u analyze Gyan/Waris and Gyan/Kpb combination, you rightly gave the adv. of midfield support in the later option but the first option provides sharp and goal oriented attack.It depends on what AA wants at any particular point.I deeply believe he will go for Gyan/Kpb combo in a 4-2-3-1 formation.This produces less goals for the BS but with a strong midfield.this is the genesis of the one goal project.secondly, I doubt if AA will be confortable to bench Kelvin at the WC for Waris due to Kpb experience.Brace yourself for Gyan/Kpb at the start of the game and Waris coming on in the second half.

  11. selfmade says:

    .. Yes is true but the one goal project was a typical defensive minded formation for UNDERDOG GHANA who simply were overwhelmed by the WC been it first and second time and wanted to reduce the number of goals! We were simply relying on fast break COUNTER ATTACKS after soaking up a lot of pressure and then fed up a very LONESOME GYAN ON THE BREAK! In the 4-5-1 ONE GOAL PROJECT FORMATION, we maintained a rigid five man midfield with the sole aim of choking up the middle with less emphasis on attack contrary to this traditional 442 formation which we have placed more emphasis on attacks which has yielded us a lot of goals but now the defence has rather become our ACHILLES HEEL! The Egyptian match in Cairo was a typical eg of an impotent waris\gyan partnership that choked at attack and CHOKED ON SUPPORTING THE MIDFIELD! In the WC, we will face a similar scenario like the Cairo match and that’s why we need GYAN who can hold up play and drop deep to defend togather with kpb who also can attack ferociously and has the dynanism and tackling abilities to track back to support the defensive duties in the midfield! Finally we should all remember that kpb was used as a TREQUIDISTAR( advanced PLAYERMAKER in Milan) and now he is been used a STRIKER in schalke! If AA used waris to pair GYAN and it turns out like the Cairo match, then it basically means that we are not playing 442 again but 451 as GYAN ll be the only striker upfront and effective!

  12. papa nkrumah says:

    Wow. Super submissions all through. I hope somebody in camp reads this because most of the suggestions are solid. We also know how to watch football. Lil. And welcome back Ghfuo.

  13. Andy D says:

    Very strong squad with great depth..sure AA is having a heartache in who to take taking into consideration as time whiles he becomes emotionally attached to some of the players..My ideal 3 will be Accam Jordan and Wakaso based solely on football and regardless of anything…Wakaso has always been there and probably needs to be rewarded with a WC berth but hey this is WC not AFCON or champsleague…this is just my
    opinion which I guess doesn’t count anyway..Its all up to AA n his team n we will definitely support and stand by any shot he calls

  14. theobanks says:

    @ SELFMADE…. I clap for u dude!! Super submission! Your contributions on this forum is awesome!!! Co sign 100% of everything u have said!! Great great submission!! GSN add SELFMADE to your staff!

  15. Kwesi says:

    Call +31 36 26 00 123 for last tickets Ghana vs Holland. €43,50