Boakye-Yiadom out of Ghana-Mali clash after injury setback

Boakye-Yiadom out of Ghana-Mali clash with ankle injury

Boakye-Yiadom time on the sidelines extended after injury setback

By Ameenu Shardow

Striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom has been ruled out of Ghana’s match against Mali on Thursday.

The 19-year-old has been nursing an ankle injury which he sustained during Ghana’s final training session of the pre-Nations Cup training camp in Abu Dhabi.

The on-loan Juventus player at Italian Serie-B side Sassuolo was initially expected to be fit for Ghana’s opening group game against DR Congo last Sunday.

But his slow recovery from the ankle injury has delayed his return to full scale training with the rest of the Black Stars team.

Boakye-Yiadom jogged for close to 15 minutes on Tuesday after which he was strapped with a heavy pack of ice as he watched the remaining sessi0n at the Nelson Mandela University pitch from the sidelines.

Team doctor Baba Adamu in a media briefing on Tuesday evening has now confirmed the ex Genoa forward will be out for about five days – effectively ruling him out of Thursday’s crucial game against Mali.

“With things going as they are now, 4-5 days Yiadom should be fit to kick,” he said.

“He was expected to train with the team today (Tuesday) but his recovery has been slow.

“We had envisaged that he will be on the field today but unfortunately he still has little bit of pains that we are grabbing now.

“I will take him to the hospital tomorrow (Wednesday) to check on the injury.”

This leaves the number of recognized strikers in the team to just two with only Asamoah Gyan and Emmanuel Clottey left for the Mali game.

Ghana needs a victory against the current Group B leaders to resurrect its title ambitions in South Africa after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in the group opener.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. real sabacious says:

    Another topic for discussion after the tourny,taking 9 defenders as against 3 strikers to a tournament of this nature is unheard off!

  2. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    STARTERS: DAUDA, AFFUL, WAKASSO, MENSAH, AWAL, AKAMINKO, ATSU, BADU, CLOTTEY, KASA…..BRING GYAN FROM THE BENCH. GIVE THE CAPTIN TO BADU.

  3. African Consciousness says:

    Clottey and Gyan are enough to get the job done, we need the midfielders to feed them excellent balls.

  4. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    DAUDA, 2.AFFUL, 3.WAKASSO, 4.MENSAH, 5.AWAL, 6.AKAMINKO, 7.ATSU, 8.BADU, 9.RABIU, 10.CLOTTEY 11. KASA…..
    BRING GYAN FROM THE BENCH TO USE HIS EXPERIENCE IN THE LATTER STAGES TO FEND OF TIRED MALIAN DEFENDERS. GIVE THE CAPTAIN TO BADU.

  5. Union Leader says:

    You are kidding me,right? @African Consc. Christ forbid if something happened to either Gyan or Clottey then AA will realised his folly. As soon as Yayaha Mohammed pulled out,I recommended that the gaffer acts swiftly and find an ideal replacement for him as it will be suicidal to go into such huge tournament as this with only 3 Strikers. And the ideal replacement I suggested at the time ,was for AA to recall Jordan. Others suggested Warris but all that fell on deaf ears and now here we are,down to only 2strikers for the remainoing Group matches. How absurd!This makes it improbable for AA to go 4 4 2 for any of the remaining group matches. And don’t forget,Ghana unlike Spain lack the ideal candidate for a ‘forced’no 9 role. Does the name Andre Ayew ring any bell???

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      AFFUM WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER CHOICE. HE PLAYS WELL IN EGYPT AND FAMILIAR WITH AFRICAN SOCCER…UNLIKE WARRIS AND JORDAN. BUT AA DIDNT EVEN INCLUDE AFFUM IN THE PROVISIONAL LIST SO…. BLINDLY SUPPORT UNTIL THE TOURNEY IS OVER WAI….

      AA SHOULD USE THE 532 INSTEAD…ALL WE NEED IS THE 3 POINTS. 1 GOAL IS ENUFF WITH GOOD DEFENCE WE WILL MAKE IT OUT…

  6. john aidoo says:

    ghanaian players are fucking soft.1,2,3 injured,4,5,6 scaning,7,8,9,rule out.also one way english the moral in camp is high,the spirit in the camp is high.

    • kantoose says:

      funny but well said. I dint know why Ghanaian players are always injured. How many times did Drogba or Eto get injured in their career even though they played at highly intense EPL and La liga? compare that with asamoah gyan, johnathan mensah, essien, muntari the list never stops.