2014 World Cup: Italy the largest contributor to Ghana's squad

Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari were drawn from the Serie-A

Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari were drawn from the Serie-A

By Ameenu Shardow

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The Italian top flight contributed the largest number of players to Ghana’s final squad for the 2014 World Cup with FIVE of the twenty three coming from the Serie-A.

AC Milan duo; Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari were named in the final Black Stars squad as Juventus’ Kwadwo Asamoah, Udinese’s Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Afriyie Acquah of Parma.

France came second as the largest contributor with four players; Andre and Jordan Ayew (both with Olympique Marseille), Stade Rennes John Boye and Evian TG’s Jonanathan Mensah coming from Ligue 1.

Russia follows suit with three players; Mubarak Wakaso of Rubin Kazan, Kuban Krasnodar’s Rabiu Mohammed and Abdul Majeed Waris who is substantively on the books of Spartak Moscow even though he spent the last half of the season in France with Valenciennes.

The other eleven players are scattered across the rest of Europe, Africa and in Asia.

Harrison Afful, Rashid Sumaila and goalkeepers Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams make the squad from teams on the African continent with Tunisian and South African champions Eseperance and Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Aduana Stars respectively.

Adam Kwarasey comes from Norwegian champions Stromsgodset while Samuel Inkoom, Christian Atsu and Albert Adomah are drawn from the Greek, Dutch and English championship with Platanias, Vitesse and Middelsborough respectively.

Kevin-Prince Boateng from German club Schalke and Asamoah Gyan from UAE giants Al Ain.

Ghana’s 23-man World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liegi), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (Milan), Sulley Muntari (Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Italy is a good place to learn technical and tactical skills.
    . Their system is unique;where poaching begins right at primary school and have to play through ranks before you mature to the junior team,U20 before the pro.
    . Unfortunately the economic slump has hit the country so hard that even,teams like A.C Milan can no longer draw on top class players.Juve remains a bit afloat,thanks to the Agnellis and their F.I.A.T backing.Yet,it’s still reflective in their Euro campaigns;all-conquering in Italy and found lacking in Champions League.

  2. Kwabena says:

    Jordan and Adomah, omo adwane calleau…..That was slim!

  3. access says:

    Great squad people should support the team and the coach ….AA will deliver for Africa…..

  4. access says:

    Line up Ghana vs Korea:

    =====================================kwarasey================================

    Opare================Boye=================Jonathan=====================Wakaso

    Afriyie============KP.Boateng==================D.Ayew=======================Kojo

    ==================Waris==========================Gyan=======================

  5. Richie says:

    how can u put wakaso at 3?! we will concede free kicks n penalties like phurk…and surprisingly u place D.Ayew in central midfield..hmmm…and afriyie acquah on the wind. masa have u been watching our matches at all? or u r tipsy on asana n milk

  6. Viper says:

    Did you know Italy or Seria A has produced the most world cup winners? 22 players from Juventus with Inter Milan second and Roma third,these teams have produced the most world cup winners.Bayern Munich is fourth,the Spanish and English teams are no where to be found.So maybe its a good sign after all.

  7. Boro says:

    The so called the senior and experienced players tend to lose balls to opponent so easily. The guilty ones in this case are Essien and Muntari. Yesterday Essien lost almost all the balls to the opponent throughout the game. They should emulate Pirlo at Juventus. As for Atsu i could not understand where that idea of always sending the ball back came from. At one point i thought he was one of our central defenders. Adomah sucked throughout the game and some people think he kept that guy throughout the game because of family ties. He could not control simple passes. He was just moving up and down throughout the game. What a waste. When did the BS become a family property?

  8. will says:

    Some one must leave before we can complete 23 si now we have to work as team to achieved for Ghana god bless the nation and led black stars thru victory and good luck for the couch

  9. will says:

    Some one must leave before we can complete 23 is now we have to work as team to achieved for Ghana god bless the nation and led black stars thru victory and good luck for the couch

  10. PeeWee says:

    Cameroon 1 Germany 1…still ongoing. Cameroon matching Germany boot for boot. Clueless Ghana handlers should take a cue from Cameroon’s performance.

  11. Braimah Kamoko says:

    Line up : 1 Kwarasey, 2: Opare, 5: Essien, 3: Afful, 4:Boye, 7: Ayew 6: Prince Boateng, 8: Muntari 11: Kwadwo Asamoah, 10: Waris, 9: Asamoah Gyan / Formation is 4-4-2

  12. PeeWee says:

    Full time…Cameroon 2 Germany 2. Great game by Cameroon the marauding lions. I hope the clueless BS handlers are taking note.

  13. Crusader7 says:

    @Boro, which match were you watching? leave Essien alone!!