2014 World Cup: Penpix of Ghana's 26-man provisional squad for Brazil

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named a provisional 26-man squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. 

Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset) Age 26; 20 Caps.

Adam Kwarasey

Adam Kwarasey

Norwegian-born and a former Under-21 international who switched his allegiance to the land of his father in 2011, by playing his second game for Ghana against Brazil at Craven Cottage. Won the Norwegian League last year and was named the best goalkeeper after having lost his place in the Ghana starting line-up to Dauda. He is expected to be the first choice in Brazil.

Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates) Age 29; 16 caps.

Fatau Dauda

Fatau Dauda

First choice last year for Ghana at the African Nations Cup finals but has since been warned he will not make the World Cup trip unless he gets more regular club action. His problem is exacerbated by a move last July to South Africa where he has played just two league games for Orlando Pirates and lost his place in the Black Stars’ line-up. There was a four year hiatus between his first cap in 2008 and his second.

Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars) Age 24; 0 caps.

Stephen Adams

Stephen Adams

Won a first call up to the squad in March as a crisis around the form of the Ghanaian goalkeepers offered a rare chance for a home-based player to make the team. Has made it clear he is seeking an overseas move on the back of international exposure. His club are floundering in the relegation zone in Ghana’s premier league.

Defenders:

Jefferey Schlupp (Leicester City)  Age 21; 1 cap. 

Jeff

Jeff

Some has considered him the answer to Ghana’s problematic left-back slot but is he really the ‘Messiah’?

Once a striker now converted into a left-back, Schlupp’s pace and power has been key for Leicester City in their promotion to the English top flight as winners of the Championship.

He has to seize the chance to make the final 23-man squad and repose the confidence imposed in him by Kwesi Appiah.

Harrison Afful (Esperance) Age 27; 39 Caps.

Harrison Afful

Harrison Afful

Hard running utility player, adept at either left or right back, who missed out on selection for the last World Cup finals, despite having played regularly in the 2010 qualifiers. He will hope it does not happen again after featuring in seven of the eight matches Ghana played to book their berth in Brazil. Scored the goal that ensured a much sought after African Champions League triumph for his Tunisian club in 2011.

Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor) Age 26 (on 2 May); 8 caps.

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Ghana’s Defender of the Year in 2008 moved to Turkey after winning his award and disappeared from international view before being handed a first cap in 2012. Part of the squad at last year’s African Nations Cup finals but not yet able to establish himself as a first choice at centre back. His club in Ghana was Heart of Lions.

John Boye (Stade Rennes) Age 27; 29 caps.

John Boye

John Boye

Plays mainly as central defender for Ghana, but can also be used at right back. A classic case of a player taking his opportunity, having been drafted into the squad for the 2012 Nations Cup as cover at centre back and then playing in five matches as he proved an impressive replacement for the injury-hit John Mensah. Injury and a loss of form has restricted his appearances in Ligue 1 this season.

Samuel Inkoom (Platanias) Age 24; 44 caps.

Samuel Inkoom

Samuel Inkoom

A world champion at under-20 level in 2009, moving smoothly into the senior team and emerging as a real star at the 2010 African Nations Cup finals with his relentless attacks down the flank. Also played at the 2010 World Cup finals. Moved to FC Basle from Ghana’s top outfit, Asante Kotoko, but his career has waned since at clubs in Ukraine, France and now Greece.

Jonathan Mensah (Evian Thonon Gaillard FC) Age 23; 23 caps.

Jonathan Mensah

Jonathan Mensah

Hard-tackling centre back who went to South Africa in 2010 as cover and played three matches at the World Cup finals while still a teenager. He had signed for Udinese in 2009, one of many young African players drafted in by the Italian club, who then loaned him to Granada. Some 18 months later he signed for Evian in Ligue 1, where he has taken until this season to bed down a regular place in the team.

Daniel Opare (Standard Liege) Age 23; 15 caps.

Daniel Opare

Daniel Opare

Made his international debut against England at Wembley in 2011, having been fast-tracked from junior level. Real Madrid swooped for Opare after the U-17 World Cup in 2007 but decided three years later he was unlikely to make the grade. Opare then signed for Standard Liege in Belgium, where he has played consistently for the last four seasons and is now in line to win the league.

Midfielders:

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) Age 26; 13 caps.

Albert Adomah

Albert Adomah

London-born midfielder who was playing part-time while studying industrial painting some six years ago but is now World Cup-bound. He came through the league ranks with Barnet and Bristol City, where his Ghanaian connections saw him offered an international debut against Brazil at Craven Cottage in 2011. Right-sided player who is top scorer with Middlesbrough this season.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese) Age 23; 47 caps.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

Hard- working midfielder with a penchant for long-range goals whose role in the middle of the park is now under threat with the return to the squad of Michael Essien. Linked to Liverpool in the January transfer window, he has been in Italy since he was 19 at Udinese but only in the last two seasons has been a Serie A regular. Scored the deciding kick in the penalty shoot out that saw Ghana win the 2009 World Youth Championship final over Brazil.

Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) Age 25; 59 caps.

Kwadwo Asamoah

Kwadwo Asamoah

Ghana’s most regular performer over the last five years who played all five games for the Black Stars when they reached the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals. Named his country’s Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Juventus and Udinese co-own Asamoah’s contract in a complicated arrangement worth 18.0 million euros. On his way to a second Serie A championship title this May.

Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem) Age 22; 21 caps.

Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu

 

Tricky left winger who Chelsea bought from FC Porto on a five-year contract at the start of the season and then shipped to Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch league on loan. His speed and technical ability have been widely acclaimed. Scored twice in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Had his football education at the Feyenoord academy in Ghana.

Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille) Age 24; 45 caps.

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

Has always had a hard act to live up to as the son of the famed Black Stars captain Abedi Pele, who won three African Footballer of the Year titles. It was a burden he struggled with at first but has emerged as a real talent in his own right over the last few years. Back in the Black Stars ranks after a year’s self-imposed hiatus.

Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Michael Essien (AC Milan) Age 31; 55 caps.

Returned last September after an international exile of some two years and made an immediate impact in the heart of midfield despite lacking game time with Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan over the last five seasons. He curtailed his international career after twice suffering serious injury on national team duty. Famous for his love of sleep, sometimes up to 12 hours daily.

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari (AC Milan) Age 29; 80 caps.

Made his international debut in 2002 as 17-year-old and played at the last two World Cup finals in Germany and South Africa, but was left out of the 2013 African Nations Cup finals in a surprise decision. His honours include two Serie A championship successes plus a lead role when Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 2008. Possesses a fearsome left foot and takes most of Ghana’s set-pieces. Has scored 21 international goals but his temper is often a problem with a litany of red cards through his career and a suspension for man-handling a referee in Italy.

Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan) Age 23; 16 caps. A graduate of the Ghana Under-17 side, who competed at the world championship in 2005, coming into his own in the senior side at last year’s African Nations Cup finals. Moved to Spain in 2008 before being sold last summer by Espanyol to Russia. Younger brother Alhassan Wakaso plays in Portugal.

David Accam

David Accam

David Accam (Helsingborg) Age 21; 4 caps. 

Skillful and fast on the ball, Accam has emerged as top talent this term for Helsingborg. His ten goals in all competitions helped to gatecrash Ghana World Cup squad.

Forwards:

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew (Sochaux) Age 22; 12 caps.

Born in France when his father was helping Marseille to win the European Cup. A teenage debutant with the Phoenician club for whom he has played more than 100 times – mostly alongside brother Dede — before being sent to Sochaux on loan in January, where he quickly ran into disciplinary problems. Similar issues have restricted his appearances for Ghana, who left him out of the 2013 Nations Cup finals squad.

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke 04) Age 27; 11 caps.

German-born to a Ghanaian father who declared for the Black Stars on the eve of the last World Cup finals, and then achieved the extraordinary feat of playing against his half-brother when Germany beat Ghana in Johannesburg. But he “quit” the Ghana team before the 2012 Nations Cup to avoid playing at the tournament only to return on the brink of 2014 World Cup qualification last year. His heavily tattooed physique has helped fuel a healthy tabloid interest in his oft-turbulent lifestyle.

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain) Age 28; 77 caps.

Has scored a record 38 goals for his country but is best remembered for his miss in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, when he blasted a last gasp penalty over the bar. Had he scored Ghana would have become the first African side to reach a World Cup semifinal. Suffered much derision after the incident and quit the national side for a while thereafter. Back now captaining the team, having scored six goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Abdul Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris

Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes) Age 22; 8 caps.

English-educated after starting his career as a 12-year-old at an academy in Ghana with strong links to Manchester United. Moved to Sweden, then Spartak Moscow and has been on loan at Ligue 1 club Valenciennes since January. He debuted for Ghana in 2012 and scored three goals in the World Cup qualifiers.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ghanaman says:

    You see ghana people this journalist tried to put jordanayew and alberto adomah down. Kwasia. They are top players both can play on the wings or forward. Accam this accam that. Only ten goals.

  2. Rokavilla says:

    De three players who shud cam home are sumaila,accam n acquah. Sumaila bcos I knw,is likely essien wi play in defence wid boye n so sumaila wudnt be needed.

  3. Politicsuk says:

    Lol. Good luck to all the players. May God give the Coach strenghth and more wisdom to take them to the finals. He has already achieved a lot by qualifying. People doubted him and he has proven them wrong.

  4. Johnny says:

    If Essien is playing in defense, why send Acquah home? Have you seen Accam play? His style and ability is everything we need to help keep opponents off our defense. Jordan, Adomah and Sumaila ought to be sacrificed for winning sake.

  5. Accam says:

    Those who have not seen Accam play should go to google! He has speed. N pace, viison, skills, good Passer of the ball and ability to take on defenders. He has everything Gh needs. A game changer

  6. Ibrahi Kuyateh says:

    We the Africa we are going to won the World in brazil. Let all the Europ Team that we Africa we are so Des pert to won the World Cup this Year be kos after we na we, Africa for live we go to Brazil for the cup Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  7. Jame says:

    Accam is has speed I like him. He is one of the best attackers Ghana should include in their squad. Jordan is no near Accam in terms of speed