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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach Appiah laments Akaminko loss

Jerry Akaminko has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury.

Jerry Akaminko has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah admits he has lost one of World Cup hopefuls after injury ruled out defender Jerry Akaminko.

The Turkish-based centre-back fractured his ankle in stoppage time in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands at De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam.

Akaminko landed awkwardly after going in for an aerial challenge and had to stretchered off.

Appiah, who was set to name the Eskisehirspor player in his 23-man squad, was left to lament the loss of the dependable defender.

“It is unfortunate that Jerry has got to face this,” Appiah told the Ghana FA’s official website.

“Looking at the training he has done with the team we had lots of hope for the World Cup.

“All we have to do, apart from the support we will offer him is to pray for him to come back stronger.”

Ghana’s final squad will be announced on Sunday when the team lands in Florida, USA to prepare for the tournament.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. The Cockerel says:

    I’m reading on other websites that Schlupp and Accam have been dropped. Is that true? AA hasn’t called in a defensive replacement for poor Akaminko from his standby group?

  2. millennium says:

    These injuries might be the reasons why the team play horrible the way they did yesterday. With his lost, Jonathan mensah and John Boye are going to marshall the defense. Players have to be careful and play smart.
    Anyway, the stars need to be more aggressive, accurate, and tact in their play especially their approach toward scoring goals. Stylish plays don’t result in goals but accurate and quick plays do…. a word to a wise

  3. millennium says:

    These injuries might be the reasons why the team played horrible the way they did yesterday. With his lost, Jonathan mensah and John Boye are going to marshall the defense. Players have to be careful and play smart.
    Anyway, the stars need to be more aggressive, accurate, and tact in their play especially their approach toward scoring goals. Stylish plays don’t result in goals but accurate and quick plays do…. a word to a wise.
    To Cockerel, most of the defensive midfielder can be converted to a defender.

  4. millennium says:

    To Cockerel, most of the defensive midfielder can be converted to a defender.

  5. millennium says:

    To Cockerel, most of the defensive midfielders can be converted to a defender.

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  6. OGYA says:

    To drop Accam is totally bias and uncalled for. If Akwesi Appiah really wanted to give Accam a chance then why didn’t he play him at least to see what exactly he could do on the field. Accam is far better than Dede Ayew but for fear of being bashed by his mouthy father just couldn’t cut him. This is sad because now we know that being in the Black Stars depends on your pedigree, big name or if you had established yourself that you can pay to play. That is what Asamoah Gyan has done, paid all these coaches to keep playing for the Black Stars, so they are not interested in developing any other player. For all those who are happy that Accam is cut, celebrate, but he could have been the difference maker in the WC for Ghana, because of his unique set of skills as a striker. Now we all know that Akwesi Appiah is a coward and a wimp.

    For all Ghanaians, what you saw yesterday, the lackluster performance, if you think that is going to improve? you are joking. That is exactly what is going to happen in the coming WC. There will not be any answers for this bull-turn coach when that happens, because he will not have any.

    I feel sorry for this coach, I will be sitting and laughing to see Ghana fall flat on its face at the world cup. To go to this world cup with this porous defense shows how stupid, dumb and naive this Asante idiot is. This is not African football where you show up with any group of players and win a game. His elementary and uneducated mind shows how clueless this moron is. I guess if you are not smart, you are not To not even call up Vorsah or anybody to replace Akaminko is suicidal. I am hoping that we will not be dealing with twerps again after the world cup whether they have signed a two year extension or not.

    I do not trust this coach and I am hoping for the worse.

  7. OGYA says:

    For AA To drop Accam is totally bias and uncalled for. If Akwesi Appiah really wanted to give Accam a chance then why didn’t he play him at least to see what exactly he could do on the field. Accam is far better than Dede Ayew but for fear of being bashed by his mouthy father just couldn’t cut him. This is sad because now we know that being in the Black Stars depends on your pedigree, big name or if you had established yourself that you can pay to play. That is what Asamoah Gyan has done, paid all these coaches to keep playing for the Black Stars, so they are not interested in developing any other player. For all those who are happy that Accam is cut, celebrate, but he could have been the difference maker in the WC for Ghana, because of his unique set of skills as a striker. Now we all know that Akwesi Appiah is a coward and a wimp.

    For all Ghanaians, what you saw yesterday, the lackluster performance, if you think that is going to improve? you are joking. That is exactly what is going to happen in the coming WC. There will not be any answers for this bull-turn coach when that happens, because he will not have any.

    I feel sorry for this coach, I will be sitting and laughing to see Ghana fall flat on its face at the world cup. To go to this world cup with this porous defense shows how stupid, dumb and naive this Asante idiot is. This is not African football where you show up with any group of players and win a game. His elementary and uneducated mind shows how clueless this moron is. I guess if you are not smart, you are not To not even call up Vorsah or anybody to replace Akaminko is suicidal. I am hoping that we will not be dealing with twerps again after the world cup whether they have signed a two year extension or not.

    I do not trust this coach and I am hoping for the worse.

  8. African Consciousness says:

    Assistant Coach Max Konadu should have substitutes ready to go on the field. What happened with substitution after Akaminko’s injury was unacceptable. The Coach cannot lose control of his team, the assistants and technical team must do their jobs. Where was Stephen Appiah? He must be involved in keeping morale on the team high. Players that are not included in a game should be supporting their team-mates. Michael Essien had his back to the field while the game was going on that is not respectful to his team-mates. These are the little things that could make or break a team. It shows lack of discipline. The Coach must discuss these things with the team. For Ghana to achieve their goal the players must be disciplined and respectful both off and on the pitch. The taxpayers and the country have sacrificed a lot for this world cup and each and every player must be totally committed and supportive of the Coach and technical team.

  9. African Consciousness says:

    Ogya you must be from Nigeria. You should have figured out the Coach by now. Dr Coach Appiah does not give a shit about friendlies. He does what he should with friendlies, assess his talent. Calm down and trust the Coach. He might even lose to South Korea but when it comes to the real deal in Brazil he will deliver. Coach Appiah is not a moron he is very smart and like any human is prone to make mistakes but he always has his eye on the big picture and this is something that most fans and some of his players have not figured out yet. Right now Dr Coach Appiah is in his lab mixing and trying different combinations, as he should but come game day in Brazil he would have figured out the right combination. I trust this Coach and I hope his players do not lose focus and faith in what he is trying to do. You are angry because your man Accam got dropped but he should not have been called up in the first place that was the only mistake the Coach made.

  10. Addey Cephas Success says:

    Everything will be ok with Black Stars. The team will surprise every soul at the World Cup and reach the final.

  11. Addey Cephas Success says:

    With God all things are possible.