2014 World Cup Feature: Debutants in Ghana squad likely to be on the plane to Rio next month

Jeffrey Schulpp is a debutant named in the Ghana squad

Jeffrey Schulpp is a debutant named in the Ghana squad

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana head coach James Kwesi Appiah has named a considerable number of players with World  Cup experience in his provisional 26-man squad for the 2014 World Cup but he has got 18 debutants fighting places in his final 23 squad. 

Jonathan Mensah and Samuel Inkoom are the only defenders who were in the Milovan Rajevac squad that played in South Africa in the last FIFA World Cup.

Sulley Muntari and Asamoah Gyan will be playing their third FIFA World Cup tournaments after playing in Ghana’s maiden campaign in Germany and at the mundial in South Africa.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah and Michael Essien complete a list of eight players who have competed at the World Cup finals in the past.

The rest of the 18 players in his provisional squad have not played at the World Cup levels before. GHANAsoccernet.com takes a look at the players who aiming for their debut chance.

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams.

Adam Kwarasey

Adam Kwarasey

The trio were not involved in the neither Ghana’s maiden campaign in Germany nor the second on African soil in South Africa. Four years ago at this time, Adam Kwarasey, the first keeper named by Kwesi Appiah at the presser, was still a Norwegian and could have played for the European country. He secured his nationality switch in 2011 and was taken to the 2012 AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Fatau Dauda’s place in the squad comes on the back of his impressive show at the 2013 AFCON and through the qualifiers. He is capped over ten times by Ghana.

Stephen Adams shows up as the only home-based player named in the squad. Adams plays for former Ghana Premier League champions Aduana Stars and won the heart of the Ghana squad selectors following his impressive form at the 2014 CAF CHAN tournament in South Africa.

Note: The three keepers who were picked by Milovan Rajevac for the 2010 World Cup include Richard Kingson, Stephen Ahorlu and Daniel Agyei.

Defenders: Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), Jeff Schulpp (Leicester City), John Boye (Stade Rennes), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor) and Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Jerry Akaminko is a debutant vying for a place

Jerry Akaminko is a debutant vying for a place

Jonathan Mensah and Samuel Inkoom are the only two defenders named in the squad who played at the last World Cup in the defensive department the rest earn their places after their impressive recent performances.Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jerry Akaminko and Rashid Sumaila all played instrumental roles in the qualifiers and have been rewarded for their performances. The only outsider who is capped just once by the West African giants is Jeffrey Schulpp who plays for promoted English Premier League side Leicester City. Schulpp only appearance for the Black Stars came in 2012 in an international friendly against Gabon in London. His performance in the Championship has also secured his place.

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan), Mohammed Rabiu (Kuban Krasnodar), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), David Accam (Helsingborg).

Helsingborg IF is named in Ghana's midfield

Helsingborg IF is named in Ghana’s midfield

Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah and Andre Ayew have all got World Cup experience while the rest of the 7 players named in the department have had no experience at the event. Udinese star Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu could have played at the 2010 finals but was ruled out with a last minute injury. AC Milan’s Michael Essien also missed the last finals but played in Germany. Afriyie Acquah had not receive a call from Ghana since scoring to help Ghana qualify for the 2013 AFCON. David Accam has been invited once and is yet to be capped. However, he would have to vie for a place in Ghana’s midfield.

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Sochaux) and Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes)

Jordan Ayew could be making his debut World Cup appearances

Jordan Ayew could be making his debut World Cup appearances

Asamoah Gyan along with Sulley Muntari are the only players who would be making their third appearances at the finals. Kevin-Prince Boateng named as a striker by Kwesi Appiah scored against the USA in South Africa on his first major tournament for Ghana. Jordan Ayew and Abdul Majeed Waris named in the strikeforce only marked their debuts for Ghana under three years ago. (Jordan Ayew 2011 and Majeed Waris in 2012). The duo both play in France and have scored 14 goals between them since January.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Kobla Black Star says:

    3b3 y3 d3d33d3! :)

  2. sammy says:

    well done Dr. Appiah for that brave decision.

  3. Assisi says:

    Shocking. No Richmond Boakye Yiadom

    • DOGO says:

      Richmond who? Yiadom!!! Do you think we going to Brazil to joke? Massa! This is the best line up any coach can give us. Well done Appiah. You will be very successful in Brazil.

    • Kwabena says:

      He is by far one of the few players with the best turning and also tactically discipline. However, he lacks stamina and pace to put pressure on defenders. There are better players who have the qualities he lacks and those qualities are what every team needs in modern football. So shut up!!!

  4. Michael Kwasi Appiah says:

    Good work done , Dr. Appiah.
    The trimming needs to be done with same professional judgement. No favours at all, Dr. Appiah. BRAVO

  5. GH says:

    Jordan,Rashid Essien out…lol

  6. DOGO says:

    Richmond who? Yiadom!!! Do you think we going to Brazil to joke? Massa! This is the best line up any coach can give us. Well done Appiah. You will be very successful in Brazil.

  7. akuafo says:

    thank you @Dogo. Assifuah is far better than Richmond. The under 20 tournament is a testimony to their performance. AA got a solid and perfect squad. it could not get any better than this.

  8. King of Kings says:

    Ghana can win the world Cup

  9. naija boy says:

    You people think u can go beyond group stage I dey laugh una bcos of all dis old legs and division 3 players ghana must gooooooooo.

  10. wee ba says:

    naija boy im suprised u hv nt been kidnapped by boko haram,man yor tinkin is vry weak

  11. kaybarnieh says:

    A very strong squad. They will do well in Jesus name.
    Player to be dropped: Adomah, rashid, Jordan

  12. sam says:

    @naija…if i were you my attention wud be on boko haram!

  13. Tetteyio says:

    Inkoom, Jordan and maybe Rashid will be dropped

  14. Kwaku says:

    @ naija boy……Stephen keshie at this crucial time named 30 players. It shows how clueless he has become, the whole of naija is clueless. Your players are mediocre bench warmers

  15. African Consciousness says:

    Coach Appiah congratulations on an excellent squad. I pray you use the same wisdom and judgement in making the final cut.

  16. nana says:

    What kind of squad is this. Dr Akwesi Appiah at least I expected you to give Baba Rahman a chance to prove himself because you have called him on several occasions without featuring him why?