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2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah's provisional 30-man squad released, another newspaper claims

Afriyie Acquah

Afriyie Acquah

By Patrick Akoto

The fresh speculation over Ghana’s provisional 30-man has surfaced with a Ghanaian newspaper claiming that coach Kwesi Appiah has included Parma rising star Afriyie Acquah and experienced midfielder Anthony Annan in the squad.

This is about the tenth list to be speculated by the media as the final squad to be released on Monday by the coach and despite strong denials by the Ghana FA the local media have continued unabated with speculation.

With five days left for the Ghanaian trainer to announce his initial squad, suspense has been boiling up in the media circles with daily reports on which players have been included or pencilled down.

The Ghana FA rubbished a publication by the Ghana News Agency last month claiming that they had the leak thus published the supposed 30-man provisional list.

Now another batch of 30-players have surfaced in the local media with the Ghana Sports newspaper claiming that the trainer has finally bowed down to pressure to include Afriyie Acquah in his squad.

The hype surrounding the Parma midfielder has been immense in the local media and he is in line to stage a return to the team following his good showing in the Italian top-flight.

There is also a place for Juventus youngster Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, who has impressed during his loan spell at Spanish side Elche.

The next couple of days could prove interesting for these players as campaigns from journalists and publicists  have intensified, days leading to the grand-announcement.

So far all the ten speculated lists have been different with the GFA consistently rubbishing the reports only asking the journalist to be patient and wait for the coach’s release of his squad.

Kwesi Appiah’s latest speculated full squad.

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Daniel Agyei (Free State Stars, South Africa), Fatua Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa) and Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias, Greece), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Baba Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), Harrison Afful (Eseperance, Tunisia), David Addy(Vitoria Guimaras), John Boye (Rennes, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bul Salzburg), Jerry Akaminko (Erk, Turkey) and Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa)

Midfielders

Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Mohammed Rabiu (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Michael Essien (AC Milan, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Anthony Annan (Schalke, Germany), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy) Christian Atsu (Vitesse, Holland), Afriyie Acquah (Parma) and Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England)

Attackers

Jordan Ayew (Sochaux, France), Abdul Majeed Warris (Valenciennes, France) Asamoah Gyan, (Al Ain, UAE) Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke, Germany), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Elche).

Do you believe this list of players as the Black Stars for the World Cup? Do you think it should be the right squad? Make your views known in the box below

READERS COMMENTS

  1. benny says:

    What is Dauda and Adoma h doing in the squad. Where is Accam.

    • POW@Ghana 4 last 4, Brazil 2014 says:

      DAUDA & ADOMA ARE BRAZIL BOUND

      They’ll make the final 23 for sure. If you Accam at all cost in the squad, we’ll replace place him in Adam’s stead. Is that what you want? Anyway, let’s patiently wait for this coming monday.

  2. Nana, USA says:

    @benny…The English championship is more competetive that whatever league Accam is playing. If you don’t agree with me, start watching the N-Power Championship from next season and you’ll see what am talking about.

    • lolvsfunny says:

      Masa you lie. Accam is a must for Brazil

      • lolvsfunny says:

        Masa,let me wet your appetite with this show piece. I will be amazed if he’s excluded from the final squad. Neymar was not playing in any extra ordinary league yet his talents were noticed and He came into the lamplight. You don’t necessarily have to play in top leagues to be good.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-eZLZWWrHA

        • Kuuku says:

          Man! the guy is an asset to the team. I think you are right. He has got the pace, skill and could be introduced in the second half when opponent teams are tired to ran them down further. I believe the coach know better. We leave that to him. Yes Accam might not have played the qualifiers but we need to put the interest of the nation first. He is a combination of KPB and Warris. Incredible player we can boast of.

      • Benny says:

        If player selection is based on the league you played in then Gyan should be dropped.Accam is more of an asset than Adomah.If Adomah is any good,l tell he will opt for England just like Welbeck.

  3. texas says:

    Guys this is another speculation! Please read the caption or headline properly before comment or else your ignorance will show for us all to see. Wait for AA releases the squad himself.

  4. Mumbi says:

    But Patricia Asamoah and Mary Appiah are also good enough to be in that provisional squad. Why have u left them out?

  5. TrueGhanaian says:

    Big fool and He goat;Mumbai;what are you doing in this site?Gorrila ape

  6. Kuukuphilly says:

    Bull shit squad without accam ..

    • SNOW DEMON says:

      YOU THIS SON OF AN ARSE BULLSHITING AND INSULTING EVERYTHING, I HAVE BEEN READING ALL COMMENTS LOOKING FOR SHIT AND ANYTIME I READ YOURS, I FEEL LIKE THROWING UP. YOU ARE SHIT INDEED, I SEE YOU ARE A SCHOOL DROP OUT MOSTLY ROAMING NKRUMAH CIRCLE STRIKING STUPID DEALS. NO UNIVERSITY, POLY, TEACHER TRAINING, NURSING ETC WOULD WRITE SHIT AS YOU DO. GET A LIFE SON

  7. Asumbie says:

    Where is Accam and Jeffry slop

  8. Asumbie says:

    Where is Accam and Jeffry slop they are good eneugh to be in the squard.

  9. Adebayo says:

    IF they have been monitoring players, they would realize that both Baba Rahman and David Addy lost their places in their respective clubs due to decline in form. Ghana’s most consistent player at leftback has been Schlupp.

    • Assemblyman says:

      Charle,that’s very true.Baba Rahman plays 15,20 mins these days as a substitute.While David Addy is speculated in being sold to a lower club in either Poland or Switzerland ..at least nothing wrong if they made the 30 list.since not everyone could make it to Brazil ..

  10. minput says:

    Kelvin Boateng is not a striker, but attack midfielder like Steven Appiah the former captain.

    KPB AYEW AFRIYIE ACQUAH playing behind two strikers in front can silence Portugal or draw easily. Akwesi can play lone striker with two standing behind the trio. Say Kwodwo Asamoah and essien or Agyeman Badu or Muntari.

  11. AMO says:

    Where is Jeffery Shlupp.masa take time.this guy a call up.

  12. kaka says:

    Do we need to remind ghanaians that not every ghanaian footballer can be selected for the tourney. We need only 30 out of the lot for Christ sake, and no matter how magical, fair or tactical the coach is, he will still not take some big names sakeof number limit. That is why he will select his best 30, not base on your mere emotional football eye, but base on his tactical accolades. Kwesi appia will be the most happiest if Ghana should make it at the world cup, and hence u dnt want to tell me that u want the best of bs more than he does. Let him select his players and i am sure he won’t let ghanaians down. We those calling for acam and the others will be the same people who would have criticised him if he had left out say wakasu, atsu or waris for acam. The question we should be asking is who should be dropped for who to come in. And i am sure that when we find the answers, we will understand better. Viiva blackstars.

    • Truth says:

      Hahahaha say it againoooo these fools expect A.A to select every Gh footballer for Brazil. They need to be reminded that only 23 makes it. Accam and schlupp haven’t proven themselves yet. They will be selected for the next african cup of nations, if they do good, next WC will be their time. For now, this squad is good enough. I just wish Adiyiah was selected instead of Annan, he seems to play exceptional football when wearing gh jersey.

  13. Ganja Farmer says:

    Where is Accam?

  14. Ghanaman says:

    Benny…Fatau deserves to be in this squad that he’s helped reach this far.

  15. Dopey conquerer says:

    Why is Emmanuel Clottey missing AAs selection???

  16. Ghanaman says:

    NanaUSA you are totally right. People in ghana dont know the calibre of the english championship. The level of it is higher than the swedish league. It is not a joke in that league when i watch the games. Adoma and jeffry boy derserve a place in the 23. Few of the players that got to play a lot of football this season.

  17. Kwabena says:

    Where is John Mensah? I trust John Mensah on the bench ahead of any other person!

  18. rascozy says:

    what is all these fuse about Accam? which of the 4 strikers is he going to replace.he can make the 30 man squad but not the 23. but I personaly beieve Jeffery would make it

  19. Londonboy says:

    Peps screaming accam’s name lol for god sake he only plays in the swedish league

  20. Boro says:

    David Addy, inkoom and vorsah OUT. Schlupp, sulley nuru, abeiku ainooson IN to solve the lateral defense which remains the missing link. Wakaso OUT, GYIMAH IN. RBY OUT, Accam IN.

  21. Assemblyman says:

    In Akwasi Appiah’s speculated 23 Mans squad Rashid Sumaila tends to be ahead of a player like Jonathan Mensah.With Jona’s experience and current campaign in the French league 1,this man dares put him on a standby list .I am just surprised at this and that list was leaked by Happy FM Sports.I am wondering what Ghana is going to do in Brazil except for some keysoap concert party.Just sitting on the fence and watching this Akwasi Appiah guy act..Moreover,his current midfield masters of Muntari and Essien are slowly running out of steam.He needs some good,young and energetic midfielders just in case as back ups .Because USA are more of athletes than footballers .They can run their opponents all 90 minutes till they give up.I don’t see Essien and muntari running after them.they will make these two men tired in just 15 mins .He needs to think about that one .else that arrogance he wrongfully call confidence will surely show and let him down at the World Cup.Am sure he hasn’t learned anything after the AFCON in South Africa.we are watching …To be continued …

  22. selfmade says:

    The same list that was released about two wks ago by gna! People are sleeping n needs to wake up!

  23. frank says:

    @boro Rby out, ur mother in. kwasiaaaaaa is accam better than boakye yiadom? Do you think playing in the Spanish league is a small thing. Ur a big fool for me

    • Boro says:

      @FRANK You see RBY is no doubt a talented young guy who lacks stamina and appears not to utilise opportunities when he sees one. He is the guy AA started pairing with Asamoah Gyan before waris came to seize that opportunity. He could not even break into the first team of the U-20 team in turkey due to his lackdaisical attitude. He has now been reduced to starting from the bench at elche. These days where attackes are employed to press the defense we need à striker who can apply pressure as well as defending, RBY lacks the energy and the pace to do that you OFUIIIIIIII! KWASIATO. YOU IMBÉCILE.

  24. truth be one says:

    Boakye yiadom is the only GH player or striker playing in the toughest league in the world. Any serious coach wl include in him in his team, because rby is meeting the best defenders in the world week in, week out

  25. truth be one says:

    But seriously, I don’t get some people oo. how can you say a player plying is trade in the Spanish league and meeting the world best defenders to be out for a Swedish league player to be inn? @boro are you normal at all

    • boro says:

      How many matches has he started or even come in as a substitute in the last say ten matches and how many goals scored or assisted? So being in a team that plays in one of the best league is enough to be in BS and automatically good? Then why not Derick Boateng, Chibsah, Alfredd Duncan, Anthony Annan? I am not normal but tangent!!!

  26. malik says:

    Good squad AA, goodluck and may the best players be taken to brazil fkr victory.Go gh go

  27. Chu says:

    i can boldly say this is not the list

  28. Benito says:

    I think most people making comments need to know the meaning of “speculation”rather increasing their blood pressure.

  29. BRENTO says:

    1) ALL DE MIDFIELDERS WILL MAKE DE SQUAD:
    2) DEFENDERS TO BE OMITTED = INKOOM, AFFUL, RAHMAN, DAVID ADDY
    3) STRIKERS TO BE OMITTED = JORDAN AYEW
    4) KEEPER TO BE OMITTED = DANIEL AGYEI

    For God’s sake INKOOM is a bomb and shouldnt be included in my 100 MEN SQUAD IF IM DE COACH.

  30. ASENSOH says:

    GUYS! FOR ME, I THINK THIS SHOULD BE OUR 23-MAN SQUAD

    GOALKEEPERS

    1. ADAM KWARESEY
    2. FATAU DAUDA
    3. STEPHEN ADAMS

    DEFENDERS

    4. SAMUEL INKOOM
    5. DANIEL OPARE
    6. HARRISON AFFUL
    7. JEFFEREY SCHLUPP / BABA RAHMAN / DAVID ADDY
    8. JOHN BOYE
    9. ISAAC VORSAH (IF FIT) / RASHID SUMAILA
    10. JONATHAN MENSAH
    11. JERRY AKAMINKO

    MIDFIELDERS

    12. MICHAEL ESSIEN
    13. SULLEY MUNTARI
    14. KWADWO ASAMOAH
    15. KEVIN PRINCE BOATENG
    16. ANDRE D. AYEW
    17. EMMANUEL AGYEMANG BADU
    18. RABIU MOHAMMED / MUBARAK WAKASU
    19. CHRISTIAN ATSU
    20. ALBERT ADOMAH

    ATTACKERS

    21. ASAMOAH GYAN
    22. MAJEED WARIS
    23. DAVID ACCAM / R. BOAKYE YIADOM / JORDAN AYEW

    • topspiel says:

      I would nearly agree with you, if you were the coach! It is nice to discuss the formation of the Black Stars. It makes the tension rise higher but once we do not know the strategy of the coach, we can not just select 23 good players haven’t been watching the playing together.

      It would be much interesting reading all these, if some participants would just stop insulting others without course. None of the writers in the forum is going to be able to influence the plan of Dr. Appiah!

  31. ASENSOH says:

    CHECK OUT GHANA’S 23-MAN SQUAD

    GOALKEEPERS

    1. ADAM KWARESEY
    2. FATAU DAUDA
    3. STEPHEN ADAMS

    DEFENDERS

    4. SAMUEL INKOOM
    5. DANIEL OPARE
    6. HARRISON AFFUL
    7. JEFFEREY SCHLUPP / BABA RAHMAN / DAVID ADDY
    8. JOHN BOYE
    9. ISAAC VORSAH (IF FIT) / RASHID SUMAILA
    10. JONATHAN MENSAH
    11. JERRY AKAMINKO

    MIDFIELDERS

    12. MICHAEL ESSIEN
    13. SULLEY MUNTARI
    14. KWADWO ASAMOAH
    15. KEVIN PRINCE BOATENG
    16. ANDRE D. AYEW
    17. EMMANUEL AGYEMANG BADU
    18. RABIU MOHAMMED / MUBARAK WAKASU
    19. CHRISTIAN ATSU
    20. ALBERT ADOMAH (I’M NOT HIS FUN, BUT REALLY AA LIKES HIM SO MUCH I JUST CAN’T UNDERSTAND)

    ATTACKERS

    21. ASAMOAH GYAN
    22. MAJEED WARIS
    23. DAVID ACCAM / R. BOAKYE YIADOM / JORDAN AYEW

  32. Bismark says:

    Jeffrey schlupp and David accam deserve a place

  33. ALEX TUPAC II says:

    ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM ACCAM……

  34. access says:

    line up against Holland:

    ================Kwarasey===========

    Opare====Vorsah====Boye=David Addy

    Afriyie======KP.Boateng=======Ayew

    Kojo===========Gyan==========Waris

  35. access says:

    line up against USA:

    ==================Kwarasey========

    Jonathan—-Boye—-Vorsah–Wakaso

    Rabiu————Badu———Ayew

    Kojo———–Gyan—–KP.Boateng

  36. Dr pharoukk says:

    wer is mahatma otto

  37. kwame casino says:

    pls guy we should remember that, this are provisional squad anything can change.let live everything for AA.

  38. kuukuphilly says:

    @snow demon..u r right because when is raining in tema it might not be raining at dodua..so I don’t need u tell me about my myself
    It seems like u r new here.welcome and ask ur mother how was it last night.abua

  39. the black montana says:

    guys all the above players r Ghanaians and we need to support them not condemn them.also opinions shd be respected cos everyone entitled to his.My take on the provisional squad:if we rily want to be objective truthful n not just sentimental,i think Richmond n Jordan r yet to prove themselves for the b/stars,they r promising players no doubt bt can one rily sight with all honesty just 2matches these 2 have played for b/stars n rily proved their merit?abt goalkeeping,on current form per matches played I think kwarasey logically shd be ahead of fatau bt there’s more to football than just dat(e.g.isaac asare of starlets/anderletch fame was always on the bench for his Belgian club bt whweneva he was called to the national team he was standout)makn this point cos fatau almost single handedly kept post n did very well throughout qualifiers n last afcon.unless Ghanaians can tell me a gud player can just become bad overnight.at afcon 2012,kwarasey kept post n he did his best bt we culd see he had genuine challenges,maybe a little confidence n imposition at the back from his side was missn….will leave it here.thamks

  40. Zi Kalanga says:

    I don’t give….Alfred Duncan is the Man.

  41. Mike says:

    Inkoom will be a complete waste for this team.plz AA dnt invite him.Any good coach will never invite such a rust player in his 1000 provisional squad. Is obvious that guy is not good

  42. Dopey conquered says:

    Clottey’s got to be in that provisional squad Mr. AA.

  43. Bra Kelvin GH says:

    I tnk dey should drop Albert Adomah n call up Annan cos he is gud in tyms lyk dis…Anan all de way

  44. agyenim bosco says:

    since dis is nt from de man himself….i hope nuru sulley and accam will be added to the squad