2014 World Cup: Ex Ghana star Malik Jabir says Black Stars squad should not be dominated by 'experienced' players

John Mensah to miss Ghana's World Cup squad

John Mensah to miss Ghana’s World Cup squad

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ex Ghana star Malik Jabir has kicked against suggestions to have more ‘experienced’ players instead of the youthful ones in the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Coach Kwesi Appiah will be naming his provisional squad for June’s tournament in Brazil at an organized press conference this afternoon.

Appiah’s squad announcement has however been preceded my numerous suggestions over the type of players to be selected for the tournament.

Ex Ghana defender Samuel Osei Kuffour says the Black Stars needs the likes of John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah to provide ‘leadership’ in the team despite not playing for their clubs due to injury.

But Malik Jabir, who once coached the national team believes the issue of having a lot of ‘experienced’ players in the Black Stars squad is being overrated.

“People are just talking, what will be the use of having experience without having the physique or youthful players who can run for 90 minutes?” he told Radio Gold.

“Kwesi Appiah has been using his head and I expect him to continue using his head.”

The Black Stars team will travel to Holland on May 25 to begin preparations towards their third successive appearance at the finals in Brazil.

Ghana is drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, Portugal and the USA.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. wilson says:

    malik jabir, herbert addo, isaac paha, ibrahim sunday, all top noched ex footballers turned achieving coaches are being wasted.

  2. Benny says:

    Ghanaians have their own meaning of experience.No serious football nation will pick Essien with his current bench warming role.Essien has experience but currently he has been inactive and this goes back to the past 4 years.Young and vibrant players like Rabiu,Afriyie Acquah should get the nod.
    When people mention the likes of John Mensah,Olele etc as experienced who should be giving the nod in the squad,then we must as well call Abedi ,Osei Kuffour,Tony yeboah.
    AA should be his own man because if he fails to deliver,the same useless talkers will be asking for his head.

  3. kuukuphilly says:

    Everybody should shut the fuck up and let the coach do his job.aba!

  4. kuukuphilly says:

    @benny’u don’t want a piece of me u dickhead.

  5. justice says:

    Nana kwasi appiah i agree will your squard we well all suport you in one acord to reach extralordince level in Ghana football history never let that so call pastors to scure you

  6. kuukuphilly says:

    I will teach u a lesson u homophobic ape …

  7. Gordon says:

    If the Ghana Black Stars players are still demanding for that huge sums of money,then I pray we loose all our matches. Because in Ghana here,our largest source of income is not through sports(football),so why do we have to spend all our monies on these so called patriotic players. What even bores me the most is that none of these players even resides in Ghana with the exception of Stephen Adams. So they don’t know the hardships we are going through. I’m in 100% support of our coach’s call-ups. If you are being called,it doesn’t mean you are going to start the match. Essien should be bench ed in all our game matches. Please those fighting,I beg,make you stop,because we are all talking about football and football brings about unity. So GFA,please don’t give that huge sums of monies to the players else,after the world cup Ghana will be sold to another country not talking about the number of strikes to come!!!!!

  8. PAUL JOHNSON, CHICAGO says:

    I PRAY THAT LUCK, A COMMODITY SO VITAL TO SUCCESS IN SOCCER GOES WITH THE GHANA BLACK STARS IN ALL OUR MATCHES IN THE WORLD CUP.
    TO COACH APPIAH.’IT’S ONLY YOUR HEAD THAT WILL ROW IF YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE DICTATED TO INSTEAD OF TAKING CONSTRUCTIVE AND DEFENDABLE DECISIONS AT THIS HISTORIC NATIONAL CALL.
    TO THE PLAYERS-:THE WORLD CUP STAGE IS A PLATFORM THAT HAS NO PLACE FOR COMPLACENCY.IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO ‘DIE’ FOR THE COLOURS OR THE NATION OR YOUR FAMILY NAME, DO NOT PUT YOURSELF ON THIS PLATFORM.
    TO THE GFA-:PLEASE GIVE THE COACH THE NEEDED SPACE AND ENCOURAGEMENT.THE DRESSING OR LOCKER ROOM MUST NOT BE AN EXTENTION OF THE GFA OFFICE OF GHANA IN BRAZIL.
    TO THE PRESS-:THANKS FOR ALL THE SUGGESTIONS.IT’S NOW TIME TO RALLY AROUND THE TEAM NOW AND FOREVER, LET’S ROLL, SWIMMING OR SINKING TOGETHER.
    GOOD LUCK AND LET’S PRAY.

  9. PAUL JOHNSON, CHICAGO says:

    THAT SPIRIT TO FIGHT, AND DIE FOR A CAUSE WAS LOST AGAINST USA.
    WHAT WENT WRONG?
    ABEDI AYEW WAS DISINTERESTED UNTIL HE SC RED THAT INTELLIGENT GOAL.
    PLEASE LET SOMEONE TO CARRY THE TEAM ON HIS SHOULDER LIKE THE LEGEND ABEDI PELE.YES WE CAN.