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Ghana FA debunks reports of player revolt in Black Stars camp ahead of Germany clash

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi

By Ameenu Shardow

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Courtesy: African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism

The Ghana FA has rubbished reports of player revolt in the Black Stars camp ahead of the crucial 2014 World Cup game against Germany on Saturday.

Some Ghanaian radio stations reported on Tuesday evening in Accra that players of the Black Stars have decided to boycott the team’s preparations for Saturday’s game in Fortaleza over unpaid appearance fees.

Others also claim some of the senior players have decided not to take part in training in protest of the selection policy of coach Kwesi Appiah.

These reports sufficed in the wake of Ghana’s heartbreaking opening defeat against the USA on Monday.

But Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi insists there are no truths to these emerging reports of disquiet in the Black Stars camp.

“There is no agitation or revolt from the players,” Nyantakyi said at a press conference at the Black Stars training pitch in Maceio with all the 23 players attending the training, showing no signs of discontent.

“We have seen reports in the Ghanaian media of revolts over bonuses and selection.

“I want to use this opportunity to debunk these reports.

“I even read that some of the senior players have decided to boycott today’s training but I can confirm they are all here training.

“I can match you to the training ground for you to take a head count for yourself to verify whether everyone is at training.

“So let us please put an end to negative reports which are untrue. If it were true, I wouldn’t have any problem but these are not true.”

All the 23 players underwent recovery training on Tuesday evening with those who played in Monday’s defeat to the USA having less training while the others had rigorous training.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Assemblyman says:

    Kwesi Nyantakyi ,will you speak the truth at least for once!! We are here in Brazil and this is truth that the players are really upset after the match over your Kwesi Appiah’s tactical decision .Here you are denying that it’s untrue that the revolt ever happen..
    I used to blame Kwesi Appiah,but I realized the problem is this Kwesi Nyantakyi guy..My brothers,the same thing happen in South Africa and only thing this man came to do was to swat the allegations and apologize to the people of Ghana.
    Yet,he didn’t do anything to change this..massa,you have a little son,who doesn’t have any knowledge about the use of guns.This son requests from you a gun as his birthday gift.. Being a wealthy parent,who could afford anything for your children..you refused to think of out the box to buy the gun for this kid and you forget that you will be the first person this son of yours will test the gun on you..
    The task really is too much for Kwesi Appiah in Brazil..Even on the African terrain he failed miserably in South Africa ..there you at the GFA should have realized it was good to replace him with a more experience coach or get him a technical director willy nilly..yet you Kwesi Nyantakyi experimented with such a coach,,why wouldn’t he also keep experimenting with players??? for good 2 years he didn’t know his first 11..he kept flopping at friendly matches and loosing against the USA was the worst thing ever to go down into the history of Ghana football.
    Because of Ghana the USSoccer federation fired Bradley to invest so much in Klinsmann to take up the job..now,it seems they have achieved their aims..so why don’t you guys at the GFA invest in a more better coach and stop these comedy antics??
    Worse of all Kwesi Nyantakyi wanting to served his own selfish interest by fielding Adomah when he wasn’t needed at the time..I spoke against this for months as well as putting Kwadwo Asamoah at the number 3 position..it just seem to me this coach excuse my word but is an arrogant jerk and his biased character paid off with this loss,,
    On the other hand,football is the only thing that brings Ghana together..I never thought party politics are involved in the selection of supporters to our football team on..I read that the NDC government were bringing their foot soldiers over here to Brazil .this is unfortunate to politicalize football .i thought they came here purposely to enjoying the tournament to the fullest .but but go see they are suffering for real with the Brazilian type of malaria,congestion ,etc.now they remind me of the time they had the varrender boys in those days..these guys are actually are living a varrender life here in Brazil..they gladly came to Brazil to be put in this situation ,so it dey be keke for yamin and co,.

    • Assemblyman says:

      **worst of all Kwesi Appiah wanting to serve his interest by fielding Adomah ..

    • A concerned citizen says:

      Assemblyman ..you went overboard after starting your article very well…correction..Nyantekyi does not select players but coach Appiah…Well Nyantekyi is doing his job to let the Black Stars forward…period…Coach AA is probably the “dictator” as far as selections of players are concerned..probably coupled with ignorance and arrogance..hoping he will now listen

    • OGYA says:

      To loose to a USA team is an abomination, an insult to the football citizens of Ghana. This is not politics and weapons of mass destruction, this is soccer stupid. Ther is no way on this God created world that Ghana should loose a soccer game to USA.

      Because of this stain on our national phsychie, Nyantakyi and his hoodlums including Akwesi Appiah should be cleaned from the GFA premises. We need to start from afresh with different people, different GFA members with varying ideas and maybe through that new talents could be discovered. Jeffery Schlupp and striker David Accam should not have been cut. Now we need a left back. Accam would have been the difference with his speed. Vorsa could have prevented that header with his height. All this show what a peanut brain of a coach we have. He has collected the $300,000 and believes no matter what there is nothing to loose. People of Ghana rise and take your GFA back. There is too much talent in Ghana that are being ignored for the sake of politics.

      Just look at the players and where most of them come from, Accra, Ashanti region, one from Cape Coast and 3 from abroad. This is not a good representation of Ghana. Cape Coast is the birth place of Ghana soccer, yet there is nothing in that region that signifies that. No proper facilities anywhere to make the people of that region proud. Every good thing in Ghana is in Accra, what kind of country is that.

      I hope this will be the beginning of the end for that pute called Nyantakyi.and his boy Akwesi Appiah

    • OGYA says:

      To loose a soccer game to a USA team is an abomination, an insult to the football citizens of Ghana. This is not politics and weapons of mass destruction, this is football stupid. Ther is no way on this God created world that Ghana should loose a soccer game to USA.

      Because of this stain on our national phsychie, Nyantakyi and his hoodlums including Akwesi Appiah should be cleaned from the GFA premises. We need to start from afresh with different people, different GFA members with varying ideas and maybe through that new talents could be discovered. Jeffery Schlupp and striker David Accam should not have been cut. Now we need a left back. Accam would have been the difference with his speed. Vorsa could have prevented that header with his height. All this show what a peanut brain of a coach we have. He has collected the $300,000 and believes no matter what there is nothing to loose. People of Ghana rise and take your GFA back. There is too much talent in Ghana that are being ignored for the sake of politics.

      Just look at the players and where most of them come from, Accra, Ashanti region, one from Cape Coast and 3 from abroad. This is not a good representation of Ghana. Cape Coast is the birth place of Ghana soccer, yet there is nothing in that region that signifies that. No proper facilities anywhere to make the people of that region proud. Every good thing in Ghana is in Accra, what kind of country is that.

      I hope this will be the beginning of the end for that pute called Nyantakyi.and his boy Akwesi Appiah

  2. Rasheed says:

    Appiah is just a stooge,but those messing up things because of their selfishness know themselves. I will not write names now,but sooner or later Ghanaians will get to know them.

  3. prossybwoy says:

    I dont think KN is telling the truth but it’s normal for him to deny it.He couldn’t just have come out to say it was true. Confirming it just like that would cause more agitation within the press and ghanaians as a whole.

  4. Kwabena says:

    Ghanaians must live above this hypocrisy and the habit of suffering and smiling. The selection Appiah made was PLAIN STUPID! The senior players have EVERY right to revolt. In 1992, Otto Pffeister did the SAME thing. He kept Opoku Nti on the bench whilst 18-year old Odartey Lamptey played in the crucial finals. KWASI Appiah was not happy about it. The captaincy was taken from Appiah and given to Abedi. He was not happy about it. The players complained behind the scenes and some even chose not to play for Ghana again. That is what caused Kwasi Appiah’s early retirement as well. With all this experience, APPIAH IS MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES. What business did Christian Atsu and Jordan Ayew have in such a high-profile game? Atsu and Jordan will be playing Under 17 by now if we were to go by our traditions. Yet they were used. Isn’t that annoying? I encourage the senior players to riot until Kwasi Appiah does the right thing.

  5. CEREBRAL says:

    I just watched Mexico and Brazil and Mexico played their hearts out against Brazil. It was beautiful to watch the two teams ‘fighting’ it out. I also watched South Korea that Ghana beat a few days ago in the friendly 4-0 play with cohesion against Russia to end in a 1-1 draw.

    For the first time I was so confident in the Black Stars team because it has a good bench with an enviable midfield that many countries covert. All that talent amounted to nothing in the game against the US. My greatest fear in football has to do with the other side of the game that we the fans do not know about in camp such as petty feuds, bonuses, bribery, indiscipline, favoritism, and poor management.

  6. Benito says:

    Listen to nyantakyi:”if it were true,I wouldn’t have problem with it….” like seriously? You wouldn’t have problem with senior players revolting ?? We all know that all is not well in camp after our lost to the USA,we are not stupid,this guy is a psychological liar and doesn’t want to take criticisms in good faith.

  7. Rasheed says:

    Appiah is just s puppet being controlled by a former selfish black stars captain.

  8. theobanks says:

    Maybe we have to go the ivorian way of punishing their players who flop in touranments!! Players such as johnathan mensah, john boye and DANIEL OPARE ADDOQUAYE PAPPOE should be at the airport after we have lost to Portugal and LASH SEVERILY!

    At least SIX STRONG LASHES wldnt be bad at a for CAUSING FINANCIAL LOSS TO THE STATE!

    AA too should stop putting on those tight or skinny AGYA KWA SUITS!! Klinsi was in a normal t shirt which allow him to move freely whiles our boss, AA, was in a tight KWA APPIAH SUITS matching it with BUKILA SHOES! Those long pointed BUKILA SHOES makes walking hard thereby restraining his movement!!

    Man,put on something sportive that can u flexible to support because them ties was too tight on his neck!! Haha!! Whiles klinsi was moving up and down screaming, our African BORGA COACH couldn’t even move because of the BUKILA SHOES!!! My man, next time, put on some sneakers and feel free!

  9. PITO says:

    WILL YOU ALL SHUT UP AND LET AKWASI APPIAH BE THE COACH. The criticism is TOO MUCH. IF WE HAD WON THE GAME WE ALL WILL BE SINGING HIS PRAISE BY NOW. ONE THING I LIKE ABOUT AKWASI APPIAH IS AT LEAST HE HAS BUILT A TEAM WITH IMMENSE TALENT ALTHOUGH HE IS STILL LEARNING HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF THEM. He deserves more time and some amount of respect as the head coach.

    • joe boi says:

      True talk @PITO,we should blame Jordan,Atsu and Gyan for missing those clear chances that came our way,Ghanaians rap too much,even defending champions Spain lost their 1st encounter to Netherland by a wild 5-1 margin but they know is a game of football so anything can happen,instead of Ghanaians to encourage the coach and his technical team to go back to the drawing board and correct their mistakes so that they will lead up to expectation in their next game against Germany coming Saturday,instead they sit down and say all sort of nonsense,Ghana has participated in 2 world cups and this is their 3rd appearance but i can put my hands on my chest and boast that our previous game against Usa was the only match i saw that Black stars were playing very aggressive football,i think we should exercise patience and relax for Akwasi Appiah to do his job,in 2006 we lost our first match against Italy but we managed to progress to the next stage,i have confidence that the same magic is going to happen this time round too,fire-burn all those Ghanaian bitches and witches who have lost interest in the coach and the playing body,a word to the wise is enough.

    • OGYA says:

      Yes Mr idiot . If you just drank Pito and got yourself tipsy then shut your mouth up before it gets filled with flies. Akwesi Appiah is paid to win games, not loose it.

      We have no patience for dump asses.

  10. PITO says:

    We should instead blame Jordan and Gyan for missing clear shots and headers.

  11. Boro says:

    We lost the match against the US because of lack of concentration and poor scoring technique. We did not lose because of unpaid bonus or player selection. How can you create 16 scoring chances and score only one. We wasted all our chances by either shoting or heading over the bar. His selection was okay and i guess he should have maintained the youngsters. Essien was given a simple diagonal pass to shot at goal and could not run for it. Muntari lost his marker and john Boye dribbled easily for the first goal. The same boye left his marker lose and showed us how to score by heading down. We just have to take our chances next time.

  12. wee ba says:

    Akwasi appiah is clueless we saw this coming after the afcon.he made unpardonable mistakes which cost us.he needs to be sacked period

  13. joe boi says:

    True talk @PITO,we should blame Jordan,Atsu and Gyan for missing those clear chances that came our way,Ghanaians rap too much,even dedensive champions Spain lost their 1st encounter to Netherland by a wild 5-1 margin but they know is a game of football so anything can happen,instead of Ghanaians to encourage the coach and his technical team to go back to the drawing board and correct their mistakes so that they will lead up to expectation in their next game against Germany coming Saturday,instead they sit down and say all sort of nonsense,Ghana has participated in 2 world cups and this is their 3rd appearance bur i can put my hands on my chest and boast that our games against Usa was the only match i saw that Black stars were playing very aggressive football,i think we should relax for Akwasi Appiah,in 2006 we lost our first game against Italy but we managed to progress to the next stage,i have confidence that is going to happen this time round too,fire-burn all those Ghanaian bitches and witches who has lost interest in the coach and playing body,a word to the wise is enough.

  14. joe boi says:

    True talk @PITO,we should blame Jordan,Atsu and Gyan for missing those clear chances that came our way,Ghanaians rap too much,even dedensive champions Spain lost their 1st encounter to Netherland by a wild 5-1 margin but they know is a game of football so anything can happen,instead of Ghanaians to encourage the coach and his technical team to go back to the drawing board and correct their mistakes so that they will lead up to expectation in their next game against Germany coming Saturday,instead they sit down and say all sort of nonsense,Ghana has participated in 2 world cups and this is their 3rd appearance but i can put my hands on my chest and boast that our previous game against Usa was the only match i saw that Black stars were playing very aggressive football,i think we should exercise patience and relax for Akwasi Appiah to do his job,in 2006 we lost our first match against Italy but we managed to progress to the next stage,i have confidence that the same magic is going to happen this time round too,fire-burn all those Ghanaian bitches and witches who have lost interest in the coach and the playing body,a word to the wise is enough.

  15. NII-BI says:

    Those of you saying saying that AA should not be criticise i dont know whether you knows anything about leadership. He brought Adomah for no reason. He took off Rabiou whose was doing all the dirfy work on the field and brought in Michael and Sulley which should never had happens. When we wins, he will be praise, at the same time when things doesnt go on well, he should be blame. Before we put our thought on this plat form, i think we should be very careful about what we say and what we dont says.
    Nyatakyie is demostrating what every good leader will do. The mood of Ghanaians is not good for him to come say there is all sorts of attitudes up there.
    Still we are fully behind you Stars of Africa!

  16. NII-BI says:

    Those of you saying JAA should not be blame, i dont think you knows anything about leadership. When the team wins, he will receive much of the praises. So if things doesnt go on well he should be blame and criticise constructively! I personally think Nyatakyie is doing what every good leader will do. The mood of Ghanaian now as i’m writing will permit him to come out and say all is not well. All told you is only Ghana that we are forcing challenges. Even Brazil that has won one and drawn one, there is agitation among them.
    Hey…… STARS OF AFRICA WE ARE BEHIND YOU KORAAAAA!!!

  17. Graywolf says:

    I don’t understand you Africans at all. Instead of you encouraging your coach and players to focus on the next games after you lost to us( USA), You have resorted to insults as if you are better players and coaches than them. After the Spaniads lost their first match, the coach still applauded the players although they did not play any good football. Ghana is one team that has played very tactical football at this world cup so far despite your defensive blunders. THE BLACK STARS WILL QUALIFY!

  18. NII-BI says:

    I cant comprehend why JAA sub Rabiou who was doing all the dirty work and brought in Michael jto oined Sulley which in my estimation was totally wrong. AA is not a force to fixture Adomah in every single game. Pls you are forcing some of us to descern on you!!!
    Albert Adomah should not be among the 18 man squad in our next games.

  19. I HAVE CALLED IN SICK FOR ONE WEEK TO MAKE MY WORK PLACE COOL DOWN BEFORE I CAN GO TO WORK.
    . MEANWHILE,I HEAR THERE IS A BIG YANKEY POSTER GLUED ON TOP OF MY DESK.
    . HMMM..LIFE IS NOT EASY OVER HERE IN TEXAS!OH MY BELOVED BLACK STARS,WHY DO THIS TO ME?IT WAS SOCCER,NOT BASKETBALL,HMM WHY?

  20. Wilson says:

    SACK THAT STUPID COACH!!! PERIOD. Kwasia like that.

  21. papa says:

    just play xmas tree formation and stop wasting our time. just watch how mexico was running at brazil the whole match. if you cant cross the ball u beta run with it

  22. One Bullet! says:

    Ghanaians talk too much, us in Zambia know that fact.Your biggest enemy is your own tongues.It is not the end of the World cup,the boys can make amends.

  23. selfmade says:

    @ one bullet.. U too shut the hell up with your Zambia shit! We are talking about WC and u talking about zambia!! U STUPID negro, u shld be sad for not been there and stop your bullshits!!