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2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah has not lost dressing room - Ghana FA

The Ghana FA insist Kwesi Appiah has not dressing room

The Ghana FA insist Kwesi Appiah has not dressing room

By Patrick Akoto

The Ghana FA has rubbished claims coach Kwesi Appiah has lost the dressing room ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Ex-Ghana youth star Awudu Issaka made the astonishing claim on Accra-based Asempa FM this week that the 51-year-old lacked respect from the players.

He claims amongst others that the players are pretending to be respecting him for the cameras following Michael Essien gesture during the international friendly defeat to the Netherlands last Saturdays.

The AC Milan midfielder came under the spot light after he turned his back to the game while the action was still on while Jonathan Mensah has been criticized for being reluctant to replace injured Jerry Akaminko.

However, Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara has dismissed such claims and insists Appiah commands full respect from his troops.

“I must place on record that Kwesi Appiah has not lost the dressing room. It’s utterly false for anyone to make assertions,” he told Accra-based Asempa FM

“Why do you think the players call him ‘silent killer’?

“There is respect, unity and harmony among the playing body and such positive attitude can be credited to coach Appiah.

“He is a man of few words and so please we should shelve such unnecessary and false commentaries.

“We need the collective effort of every Ghanaian to succeed in Brazil.”

The Black Stars will play their final pre-World Cup friendly against South Korea on Monday before they fly out to Brazil for the global showpiece.

The Africans will battle USA, Germany and Portugal in group G.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Emma says:

    This Awudu Issaka guy will eat a humble pie just after two matches.

  2. Big mouth says:

    Mr. Daara, please come again…what is your stake on a senior player like Essien, second captain of the team, who turned his back to the game after his substitution?

  3. Frankie says:

    I believe Coach Kwesi Appiah, has control over the team – However, as ambassadors of the country, the players should comport themselves in all endeavors.

  4. Selfmade says:

    Kwesi Appiah is a younger brother to our CHIEF PRIEST BOSSAM. The succes of our average players entirely depends on the magical powers of our priest and am confident Ghana will surely supprise the world. The bribes we offered the referee at 2013 afcon did not help us as Burkina Faso eliminated us. But this time around, we have a very powerful Chief Priest.

  5. Frankie says:

    I believe Coach Kwesi Appiah, has control over the team – However, as ambassadors of the country, the players should comport themselves in all endeavors.

  6. Crusader7 says:

    @Big Mouth, have you not heard? Essien had had a knock and was treating it with ice. Owing to lack of space his posture was the best to handle. Careful not to open your big mouth so quickly and flippantly. You cant relent in spite of any explanation. Just leave Essien alone, and appreciate effort

  7. Selfmade says:

    Kwesi Appiah is a younger brother to our CHIEF PRIEST BOSSAM. The succes of our average players entirely depends on the magical powers of our priest and am confident Ghana will surely supprise the world. The bribes we offered the referee at 2013 afcon did not help us as Burkina Faso eliminated us. But this time around, we have a very powerful Chief Priest BOSSAM.

  8. Big mouth says:

    @Crusader7, I think you really need to respect yourself if you deem respect being reciprocated at you.
    I do not seem to under your point of attack. In other words, common sense should have told you from what I wrote earlier that, I had no inclination regarding his injury and treatment consequently. In other words, thanks for the info I gotten it.
    Blessings!

  9. Kwadwo Boakye says:

    Selfmade don’t be stupid tge world is watching Ghana never depends on fetish priest or wat the fuck u call him and he is not kwesi appiah’s brother

  10. Kwadwo Boakye says:

    Selfmade don’t be stupid the world is watching Ghana never depends on fetish priest or wat the fuck u call him and he is not kwesi appiah’s brother

  11. Murtala says:

    Is all because stupid writers on GSN don’t investigate stories before publishing. They could have ask a simple question why Essein was seating with his back facing the field of play.

  12. Boro says:

    Well spoken Sannie Diara at least that is the work of a good spokesperson. However, beyond all that you have said you should try and investigate and try and correct them but not to just denied it and just sit down without finding out. We all know what we saw on tv that day. You can choose to deny it but the truth will certainly come out. Prior to this we had heard of Essien and Muntari reporting to camp late and also observed the discussion between Opare and Muntari and how they were seated. We are saying what we are saying because we wish the team good but not to fail due to such petty issues.

  13. selfmade says:

    SELFMADE… We all know that u are nothing than a DISGRACEFUL IMPOSTER! Cmon fool, we are smart than this because your posts has exposed u and which tells me u are indeed not brilliant! No ghanaian ll spelled BONSAM as BOSSAM lol!! U lost it loser and is better u crawl back into your negro cave hahaa

  14. selfmade says:

    Ignore the imposter fellas! Better get your I.d. because u can’t be me!

  15. Fatawu Zanya says:

    Kwesi appiah should come out fully against USA to secure de three points.coach play ur cards well

  16. MythBuster says:

    Why do we love leaving in denial,its quite clear that our national team lacks discipline and some people are intimidating well meaning Ghanains not to speak out and this can only be detrimental to us.How else can you explain the fact that players were finding it hard to replace injured Akaminko,even at the directive of the helpless coach,in other climes this wld ve been a ‘career suicide’for they players involved in this act of disobedience but this is Ghana,where anything goes!…isnt it also an indictment that Essien wld need an ice-block for a game he played just 45mins or there about,it simply shows that many of our players are either unfit for the world cup or spent forces or hiding injuries!Oh my Ghana,i hail thee!!!

  17. MythBuster says:

    Sorry for the mistake in my post,i mean ‘living in denial’ and nt ‘leaving in denial’!Its the ‘printers devil’ lol.

  18. aa says:

    We only have frustrate USA to win the game. Whoever does the frustrating that day will win the day

  19. Blow says:

    Awudu Issaka is hell bent on destroying the synergy within the Black Stars but he will fail big time. Awudu, your hey days are long gone so shut up or shut down.

  20. Douglas Nana Asare says:

    why did Essien did that ? it was nt fair at all

  21. African Consciousness says:

    Ibrahim Sannie Daara no cover ups address the issue at hand before the team enplanes for Brazil. I will not go as far as to say the Coach has lost the locker room but there is a certain level of professionalism that we have come to expect from the Black Stars. Do you think Essien would have turned his back while the game is still going if it was a Serbian or French Coach in charge? Would Jonathan Mensah hesitate and act reluctant to go on the pitch if it was a White Coach? We are fund of crying racism when bananas go flying but when it comes down to it we do not respect our own and that is a shame. The Black Stars have a great opportunity to do something special, play their hearts out for the first Ghanaian born Coach to take them to the World Cup.

    Just imagine being able to hoist Coach Appiah on your shoulders after the final whistle with the Gold cup going to the land of gold. Ghana the former Gold Coast.

    Coach Appiah should have used the day off on Wednesday to call the players in one at a time and let them express their concerns so he can get a feel of each member of his squad and their level of commitment to the cause.

    My positive contribution is the Coach has to let the players know what is going on. Is he making his selection based on experience and seniority or based on merit and talent. There must be a principle and order so the players are not left guessing each game. It is scary, embarrassing and also damaging to their egos. If there is a well established structure and pecking order the players will be more relaxed and there will be more harmony and professionalism,

    I suggested having the veteran players like Gyan, KPB, Muntari and Essien be included in the starting line up plus Adam Kwarasey who is coming off a double championship season. The remaining 6 positions must be based on talent and merit. The Coach and technical team must post a list in order of merited selection from 1 to 23. The players must be rated based on their performance at camp before they enplane for Brazil. This will create order and everyone will know their place.This might help solve the problem where every player thinks they deserve to start and not starting them becomes an issue which might detract from the main objective, of respecting your coach stick with your team mates and win games.

    BTW Mr Daara “Silent Killer” is not a term of endearment. The players can call him Dr, Coach or something else more befitting his leadership role. Go Black Stars, embrace the love and make Ghana, Africa and your World wide fans proud.