Big boost as Ghana players hit top form ahead of Sudan World Cup qualifier

Ghana's key players plying their trade in Europe and elsewhere have hit top form ahead of this month's World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Kumasi.

Sulley Muntari

Ghana’s key players plying their trade in Europe and elsewhere have hit top form ahead of this month’s World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Kumasi.

This comes as a massive boost for coach Kwesi Appiah just hours before he names his squad for the must-win game in the Garden City.

Following the Black Stars unimpressive performance at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last month, there were fears about the future of the squad as some players did not live up to expectation.

But since returning to their clubs in Europe, the Black Stars key players have put their Nations Cup disappointment behind them by performing well for their clubs.

Hitman Asamoah Gyan continued where he left off as he scored twice for Al Ain over the weekend to continue with his impressive scoring form in the UAE-top-flight.

Albert Adomah’s classy goal for Bristol City shows he has not lost his attacking prowess while central defender John Boye and Isaac Vorsah played the entire duration of the game for their Rennes and Red Bull Salzburg respectively.

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah have also been pivotal for Udinese and Juventus respectively by playing regularly for them and impressing.

Sulley Muntari’s showing for AC Milan in their win over Lazio will delight Ghanaians if he replicates that form for the Black Stars having missed the Nations Cup because of injury.

Also recovering from injury is John Mensah who missed the tourney in South Africa becasue of injury and his return to the bench for Rennes is a positive sign for Ghana.

England-based Emmnauel Frimpong is chasing his Ghana debut as his showing with Fulham has even prompted coach Martin Jol to make a move for a permanent deal for the midfielder.

Another youngster fighting for a place in the Black Stars squad is Germany-based Baba Abdul Rahman who has been a revelation in the German top-flight at the left-back position where Ghana has problems.

Samuel Inkoom made his debut in the French league over the weekend in the right wing position and he will be seeking a place in the Black Stars squad as a utility player.

Another player who has not been in the squad for a while is Charles Takyi who was on target for his Danish club Horsen in the 2-0 win over Odense.

Newboys Mubarak Wakso, Christian Atsu and Rabiu Mohammed have all been impressive for their club since the Nations Cup.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ben garzy says:

    Saanie darrah n shadow always promoting players for de national teams,coz of tips dem dey give u if dem get de call ups……hmm ghana football bribery nkoaaaa!

    • maka says:

      @ben garzy, say it again o! say it again! am beginning to hate ameenu shadow n saani daara seriously! soon, everything that has a beginning will end…and when these guys are out of a job and back to square one, we will like to hear how they will come out to criticize those in authority at the FA, especially saani…..cos once he’s out of that place, he shouldn’t dare come and criticize anyone….because he’s worse than randey abbey! i lost my respect for him…no wonder africa doesn’t progress! Good minded people will always promote the world class players we have – quincy, akwasi asare, etc….and ask for a call up for others like depay, bellarabi, etc…but nay!

      Yenkyenni nkoaa….but soon, the food will get finished!

  2. Akwasi Floric says:

    Frimpong, Memphis Depay, Karim Bellarabi

  3. cool says:

    Did the writer mention Al-Ain? The fact of the matter is,the Black Stars need a top notch striker. Asamoah Gyan days are over and we don’t need a rocket scientist to figure that out.This player had consistently shown that he could only score a goal in 6 game playing for the B/S.Why worry to invite him to camp

  4. cool says:

    Akwasi Floric, the GFA will not invite Frimpong, Memphis and Karim because they will not pay bribe

  5. Dr Who says:

    We need to play two top strikers in our home matches.

  6. Papa T says:

    The question is do we have competent technical team to bring out the best in them?u can have 100 L.Messi nd CR if u dnt hv a good coach and technical direction your team will go no where.

  7. maka says:

    Ghana is not going to the world cup oooo people…so long as akwasi “tactless” mayeele” james appiah is on the sideline. See, in our nezxt game, he will come up playing kwadwo asamoah in goal, kwarasey as a striker cos he’s tall enuf to head balls home,…oh…and i wonder why he’s calling john mensah now…..really?…cos a 2% fit john mensah is better than a 90% fit akaminko! AND HEY….it wasnt that akaminko was bad…no…he played akaminko in the wrong position! And by the way…..asamoah gyan is still his top marksman…after all the plenty strikers we have..:let me give you a few:

    a.1 samuel affum (switzerland, young boys)—he’s ghana’s number one striker now.

    a.2 jordan ayew

    a.3 quincy abeyie

    1. salifu hamidu

    2. richmond yiadom

    3. kwame owusu-karikari

    4. kwame nsor

    5.emmanuel banahene

    6. gyan asamoah

    ..and there are more i could mention…even from the u-20 and 17 sides. Yes, ..forget their ages..cos if they can get 2 chances and score one….i dont care abt ages!

    So with all these people…if i have been able to mention at least 6/7 strikers for u…and saani, nyantakyi, and max konadu cannot find 3 better ones among the above…then its either they are all idiots or corrupt or both! I didnt mention kwasi appiah’s name…cos he isnt the one running the show—hes a puppet…and he cant read games or coach! so if the others cant find serious strikers…then everyone must go for better minded people to come.

    See why africa is in darkness….? cos the leaders are either stupid or have darker brains!

    • maka says:

      asamoah gyan seems to play bad…bad is not bad! for real….u people dont get it! when we were playing 2 top….his rate of scoring was higher! so please tell dis mumu coach to change and vary his style oooooo….! Oh, i forgot…he doesnt even know how to read games or change formation….! this ‘olodo” coach sux big time!

      Play 2 top and gyan will perform! I didnt even mention adiyiah’s name!

      idiots..play 2 top…and play ur usual soccer that works! copying blindly from milo..and even from antonio conte..juventus, by playing kwadwo at the back was a silly move of all time! kwadwo isnt even a left back at juve!

  8. Black Stars Fan says:

    Any news about Richmond Boakye Yiadom? Is Warris coming too?

  9. kuukuphilly says:

    MASA SPARE US.BIG BOOST,BIG BOOST THEY ALL PLAY LIKE SHIT WHEN THEY COME.