Ghana name Essien, Kevin Boateng and Andre Ayew in crack squad to face Zambia, fear grips Chipolopolo

Michael Essien has been named in Ghana's squad

Michael Essien has been named in Ghana’s squad

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named a totally unrecognizable strong squad that includes Michael Essien, Kevin Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew to face Zambia in next month’s 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Essien, who had pleaded to be excluded from the country’s squad to fight for his position at club level over the past two years, is a shock inclusion while returnees Boateng of AC Milan and Andre Ayew were included.

In a squad that is capable of conquering any side in Africa, coach Appiah blended experience with youth as several key players like Kwadwo Asamoah, captain Asamoah Gyan and Mubarak Wakaso all listed to face the Chipolopolo.

In his clearest demonstration of his desire to crush the Zambians in Kumasi, coach Appiah brought in talented youngster Frank Acheampong who is in blistering form in Belgium with giants Anderlecht.

However, returnees Jordan Ayew and Sulley Muntari were excluded even though they had made themselves available for the country.

But the Black Stars squad named on Tuesday, which is its strongest in years for the country, maintained the key players in the team who have been instrumental in the absence of the likes of Essien, Kevin Boateng and Andre Ayew.

Hardworking midfielder Rabiu Mohammed, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, John Boye and Jonathan Mensah as well as Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare and Harrison Afful were all maintained.

Russia-based striker Abdul Majeed Waris has been recalled after recovering from injury following an impressive start in Kumasi when Ghana thrashed Sudan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier earlier this year.

DR Congo-based defender Richard Kissi Boateng was also named in the team after being cleared by FIFA to play in the match.

This means players like Baba Rahman and Lee Addy who were speculated to be part of the squad were all dropped because of the keenness in the fight for positions in the team.

Coach Appiah named 26 players as some of the players will also be tested in the Ghana-Japan friendly scheduled for 10 September in Yokohama.

The Black Stars will start camping on Monday in Accra ahead of the game in Kumasi.

Ghana currently top Group D and will need to avoid defeat to reach the final phase of the 2014 World Cup.

 

Ghana squad:

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kevin Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway).

What do you think of the squad released by coach Kwesi Appiah to face the Zambians? Do you think the players called are capable of thrashing Zambia in Kumasi? Do you think some players should have been included in the squad? Make your views known in the box below:

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    What has Essien done to merit a called? And I am not saying he doesn’t deserve,he sure is good enough but why is Muntari, one of our few senior players who made themselves available all of a sudden be excluded??? Even at the expense of newcomers such as Chibsah???

    • Viper says:

      All the same a good squad but we should seriously do away with player politics at the FA..Muntari deserves a call up in my opinion..

    • maka says:

      vindictiveness in the name of discipline —this coach is a fool, and now i know! no wonder he never won anything as captain during his hey days!Now I know akwasi appiah is so so so dumb! seriously…this coach doesn’t know what he’s about! and i know people will criticize..but let’s watchout carefully….else we will all be shocked on sept 6!

      Akwasi appiah has changed his squad 13 times in 2 yrs….what i mean is that he’s never ever maintained a consistent call-up da! never! i will speak on this later….but this fre-fre kobo attitude is the mark of a shaa coach! does he know what team chemistry is?

      today its chibsah…tomorrow frank acheampong…the next time accam….next time kpb…next time…drop sulley…next time another! why?

      in as much as i am happy with the players called….look….someone like kissi boateng is not cut for the black stars. how many guys here know that kissi boateng is related to akwasi appiah? he is akwasi appiah’s in-law! and who knows that solomon asante is also related to appiah?….his nephew!

      all i am saying is that until we let quality and consistency prevail…we wont go anywhere. I know we shall beat zambia…yes…soundly….but i can assure u that until quality and consistency are maintained…we can’t be a fearsome side!

      why should sulley be excluded? when we had to play lesotho and sudan..why did akwasi appiah not call essien and kpb and dede? this sulley guy killed himself in both legs for us….he was key…with serious corner kicks and passes!

      and bcos he showed that he did not want to be substituted, this mumu coach who is also very vindictive…decided to exclude him! unless he calls him back for the very final hurdle n ultimate game after this one…i will say this coach is not wise! i know sulley really wanted to play this game…but no worries…he will play the next.

      until akwasi appiah stops being vindictive…in the name of discipline…he should remember that players can sabotage a coach…! akwasi appiah will go…but sulley and the others will remain! at least…he apologized….so show him some respect as well coach! respect demands respect….

      right now, on what grounds did he exclude sulley? on what basis? if u wanted apology…u got it…so whats the reason behind this? and now u are quickly inviting rahman chibsah after just one game….so this coach assesses a player based on one game…one friendly game?…are u kidding me?…and u exclude one of ur trusted generals and all time best?….is this coach an idiot?

      we all live to see….but that’s not wisdom coach…dats not wisdom…if u want to be respected…and something happens between u and a trusted general…resolve it and move on…dont take stupid decisions…else u will never get the respect u crave!

      mumu coach!

      beats me!

      • Dr edusei says:

        If your son is good you play. Being your nephew or in law does not exclude you as a Ghanaian. If mustard is selected, somebody should be dropped. There are so many places. I’ll have called sule. Sule and the rest of the team should know that bad behavior has consequences. You can call it vindictive or whatever you like.
        Changing selection every time is great. It means you have great bench and competition. It does not mean bad coach. No player will again take their for granted and monkey about on the field. Ghana problem is not talent. It is complacency and stupidity. If AA continues what he is doing and I totally support him, you will see wonders. And stop insulting the coach. Are you anti Ashanti. I sense that. What do you mean by murmu coach. That is so low and stupid. Why don’t you become a dr like me and that you can talk like that. Good piece though.

        • PRINCE WIREDU says:

          DOC.
          WITH ALL DUE RESPECT. MUNATRI DO NOT DESERVE THIS. AFTER THE LIKES OF MOHAMMED POLO AND ABDUL RAZAK, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY PLAYER WITH COMITMENT TO THE CALL OF THE BLACK STARS THAN MUNTARI, GYAN AND APPIAH.GHANA HAS REPRESENTED IN WCs BECAUSE OF THIS FELLOWS. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT MUNTARIS INDISCIPLINE BUT HIS DESIRE TO EXCELL AND GEAR THE BLACK STARS TO SUCCESS CAN NEVER BE OVERLOOKED. PLAYERS LIKE BALLOTELLI STILL GET CALL UPS. EXCLUDING A PLAYER FROM A SQUA IS NOT ALWAYS THE SOLUTION . THE FA CAN FINE PLAYERS WHEN THEY MISBEHAVE . I SEE AKWASI APPIAH ACTING ON HIS EMOTIONS AND THIS CAN AFFECT THE BLACK STARS. WE NEED EVERYONE ON BOARD. THESE LITTLE KIDS CANT DO THE WORK. SOCER IS A 90 MINUTE GAME, IT TAKES A SECOND TO MAKE A MAGIC HAPPEN AND MUNTARI ALWAYS MAKES IT HAPPEN. I REMEBER GAMES LIKE GH VS SA, GH VS URUGUAY NAME THEM. MUNTARIS LEFT FOOT ALWAYS MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN ALL HOPES ARE LOST. HIS EXCLUSION FROM THE TEAM IS A CLEAR TACTICAL FAILURE.

        • DOGO says:

          If Akwasi Appia is not beign Vindictive then what could it be? It’s so glaring. I will echoe exactly what maka said again because that is exactly what majority of us are feeling right now. If Akwasi Appiah wants to command respect, he should learn to respect these young guys. What he has done does not make him a good manager or leader. He’s rather setting the stage for more disunity and hatred in our belove Team. It’s a Shame.

      • Papa Nkrumah says:

        Please calm down bro. I agree with you on the Sulley front especially he actually apologised to the coach personally and not just the playing body. But I think you need to tone down on your words. They sound too harsh considering that the coach cannot satisfy all of us all the time

      • Andre says:

        @maka I couldnt of said it any better.

        Now all these boys are back no doubt our squad is tremendously strong, but AA has quickly forgotten when all these guys bluffed us it was only one who came to our aid to lead the boys after the disappointing AFCON and his name is Sulley Ali Muntari, he was key in both games and gave the boys leadership and confidence and from then we have not looked back.

        Fine everyone is back now thats great and sully misbehaved u wanted an apology and he surely did, he also was instrumental in getting KPB back.

        Now back to my assessment, how is this good management skills by excluding Sulley at this moment, do u think it looks good on someone like KPB to be leaving milan for ghana (knowing already he might not even be fully commited) and leaving behind the guy who made him change his mind, how is that going to help Ghana.

        Finally everyone has apologised and resinded their decisions to retire and AA wants to creat another situation, WHY i ask WHY! I’ve been backing AA in all the drama from day one but this has now began to make me think this guy just wants everyone to lick his arse, cos excluding Sulley cannot be on footballing reasons.

        Right Now all us Ghanaians should be happy we should not be talking about one of our key players being excluded, since 2006 we have never had our strongest team, finally we have that chance and AA’s pride or whatever it is, is blocking that, Do you really love Ghana AA, im so dissappointed in you, finally we have the cahnce to build something here and you want to cause more problems kmt.

        A word to a wise..

      • dadaba gonshots says:

        @Maka, I do share your sentiments except for the nepotism part. Essien calls Mourinhodady, but he has benched him like its nobody’ business. I believe nepotism has a role to play especialy in business( start-ups) but Solomon Asante deserves to be called. Kissi Boateng deserves to be called. Bu t why not drop Adoma and Bring in Muntari. This squad looks tight. Lets add Depay after qualification ( by God’ grace), and we should be OK. Essien? Seriously? Now he is hussling he wants to come and showcase? mmmmhhhhhh. All i would say about essien is mmhhhhh. We can assemble the best there is but this coach is the problem…

      • GH says:

        Be civil. Im sure u wouldnt like it if anyone attacks u like u are doing. a word to a wise.

      • Ralph says:

        Why the insults? would you be happy if you are insulted like that without cause? or if your Dad or someone in your family is insulted like that..be civil..we can have a meaningful discussion without the insults.
        We need to instill discipline in the team..Sule Muntari has been out of the team so many times because of indiscipline..can you imagine if every player in the team insults the coach after substitution?

      • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

        @maka. muntari insulted the cach. he has been sus pended for 3 games. the gfa should have fined him as well. this is to set a precedence for the youths on the team going fowward. YES, WE WILL MISS MUNTARI AGAINST ZAMBIA, BUT THE COACH MUST PUT HIS FOOT DOWN N SHOW DISCIPLINE. OTHERWISE, THE PLAYERS WONT LISTEN TO HIM. IF MUNTARI HAD MISBEHAVED TO HIS AC MILAN COACH. HE WILL BE DISCIPLINED AS WELL. AA MUST SHOW WHO IS BOSS.

  2. Nat says:

    Oh my God,Zambia is dead.Good News.

  3. Andzie says:

    Hahaha… Zambia has awaken a sleeping lion… black stars ready to devour zed

  4. YOLO says:

    @ viper.. i totally agree.. leaving muntari out is not right. its just not the best..

  5. J. White says:

    The coach should not start Essien and KPB in this game. The last time both played for the Black Stars we drew with Sudan in Kumasi. In that game our midfield was so poor and not creative enough. I think it was because that was the first time both players were playing together. And considering their long absence from the team, it will probably make more sense to start them from the bench.

    We shouldn’t also be swollen-headed, to think that we can override Zambia with this squad; those guys can be very stubborn. Remember they beat Ivory Coast even though they (Zambia) were the ‘underdogs’. We should aim to dominate the midfield, create more chances and take them; and more importantly, avoid conceding a goal. After all, we need just a draw even though most Ghanaians would love to see Zambia taken to the butchers in Kumasi. Can’t wait for this game.

  6. Collynzo says:

    So Gaynaian players only return to their national team when they become third rate players at their clubs. These players do not have love for Gayna, they only have their selfish interests at heart. Gayna is like a spare tyre to them

  7. Collynzo says:

    With all these returnees at the same time, the disruption of the team chemistry is going to be epic!!
    Gayna 1 – 2 Zambia

  8. Joe says:

    Ghana currently top Group D and will
    need to avoid defeat to reach the final
    phase of the 2014 World Cup. Goalkeepers:Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey
    (Stromgodset, Norway), Razak
    Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain) Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard
    Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful
    (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP
    Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye
    (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah
    (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa),
    Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United,
    South Africa) Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif
    Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy),
    Michael Essien (Chelsea, England),
    Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy),
    Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese,
    Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP
    Mazembe, DR Congo), Mubarak
    Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian
    Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Frank
    Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium) Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kevin
    Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy), Abdul
    Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow,
    Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal,
    Norway) .hmmm…Zambia,are u ready?

  9. gab says:

    using guns to chase ants. God save Zambians bcos its going to b total annihilation @ ksi come 6th sept. especially as Ghana seems to gather all arsenal towards little Zamnia. Nothing can stop Ghana from going to Brazil

  10. Stevo says:

    jordan nd muntari wanted a permanent position in BS, which AA cannot guarantee hence no need 2 call them. Am happy 4 frank achampong hope he deliver wen given de chance.Go Ghana, Go Black Stars

  11. blesswanyoung says:

    the hard time we need esien
    he reject us now he want to play for black star he is not the type of player we kown then times we have good players who can playbetter than him

  12. StayPostive says:

    Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien in a 26-man squad to face Zambia in next month’s World Cup qualifier.

    Also included in the squad are Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre Ayew as both players return to the Black Stars team to play the Chipolopolo in Kumasi on 6 September.

    DR Congo-based defender Richard Kissi Boateng was also named in the team after being cleared by FIFA to play in the match.

    Coach Appiah named 26 players as some of the players will also be tested in the Ghana-Japan friendly scheduled for 10 September in Yokohama.

    The Black Stars will start camping on Monday in Accra ahead of the game in Kumasi.

    Ghana currently top Group D and will need to avoid defeat to reach the final phase of the 2014 World Cup.

    Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Razak Braimah (Guadalajara, Spain)

    Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Mohammed Awal (Maritzburg United, South Africa)

    Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Yussif Raman Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mubarak Wakaso (Espanyol, Spain), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium)

    Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Kevin Prince Boateng (AC Milan, Italy), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Mahatma Otoo (Sogndal, Norway)

    • dadaba gonshots says:

      Masa, if you dont have anything to contribute dont copy and paste…am sure you attended KNUST, where ‘dubbing’ was the order of the day…i miss campus ‘dubbing’ waaaaaaaaa…

  13. Kyere McCain says:

    dis is terrible.are we afraid of de zambians dat we aa calling pompous,arrogant so called stars.k.p boaten afta ghana brought 2 de top wat did he paid 2 us in return,so as essien believin dat playing 4 us he get injured.Lets give de new boys a chance.

  14. ghanaboy says:

    maser,those stars called to the team does not mean appiah will automatically guarantee them first place..they are jx available to be used when neccessary..we will burry zambia alive in kumasi

  15. lion-fire says:

    No reason to panic over Zambia. We need a draw at worse. Muntari’s experience is needed for us to be complete world class. He has proved he should be included. He is 2nd top scorer for Ghana at the world cup level being Gyan. I hope this is just a one match suspension for him.

  16. keskatroy says:

    what has essien done to merit a call up.Ghana has lost its pride.kp boateng,essien should be chase out of the squard.These bastards think they can take Ghana for a ride.Idiots

  17. plus 1 says:

    am soo shock. why leaving muntari out and bring in essein. please mr coach explain to us because baboon no dey work for boboo to chop

  18. phillbanger says:

    kyere i agree 100percent with u.honestly we dnt even need kpb or essien.if the coach knos what he is doin he will kno how to use our players.we got soo much talents but the problem is how to use them.and this idiot name collynzo is gettin real anoyin.i gues some of this idiots wants to be ghanaians soo bad.at the end of the day ghanaians are loved everywere,

  19. vim says:

    essien askd to be excused with his mouth not with a letter. muntari dissed the coach thats why he is absent. the thing is what the fuck is samuel inkoom doing in the team. that guy has played just 80mins in over 30 games and you still call him up? dude cant even cross a ball. the worse player in this team, ofuun paaa. for agyemang badu dier charley i reserve ma comments!

  20. Nat says:

    The exclusion of Muntari per his supposed indiscipline conduct is awful.He paid major role in ensuring the return of these players. Is good we instill discipline in the team and Muntari’s case needs to be condemned but AA should have a kind heart towards such issue’s.Player management is part of coaching and the ability of a coach to manage player indiscipline forms part of an attribute of a good coach.Muntari has contributed to the team to get this far and his conduct at Lesotho was uncalled for but AA’s decision to axe him cos of that is shameful.

  21. selfmade says:

    Vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaa the revolutionciooooooooooooooooooooopopoppopppp

  22. Tesla Addo says:

    where is David Addy and Samuel Affum?

  23. skilful says:

    Y is de coach trying 2 cause anoda confusion now dat evrifin is gettin kk. Dropping mutari is nt neccessary

  24. franzua says:

    Ghana go smash zambia with dis fantastic _formidable squard.but am sad abt muntari dropped

    • Copala swag says:

      the difference between Zambia and Ghana is that Zambia despite the draws with Lesotho and Sudan has a team that is consistent and the guys are inform than the 2012 afcon,while Ghana was comming up well with a consistent chemistry but i think should try avoiding the use of the good players we must say enjoy watching as they make us Africans proud at once.this can prove detrimental in the quest for that place at the world cup.Remember Zambia is no push over,we play badly i confess with small teams but we are a nut to crack with big teams.actually i feel happy that they called the stars so that it should be wrtten in the stars how bravely the two will fight in the battle of kumasi…we are not afraid as Ghana is peaceful as we are its just that players themselves should just enjoy themselves when playing away games because even you guys so that Game in Zambia,it was evenly squared just that zambia scored the only Go to seoerate the two sides and the same can happen to us in kumasi.one football one love so let the africanism lead the way in defeat and victory for either team.

  25. selfmade says:

    I always knew sulley ll be punished for his rhetorics but i know is just one match punishment!!! He ll return should we qualify for the play offs

  26. selfmade says:

    Ok no consistency but rather now we have our set of players,let see if he ll maintain the same squad!!!!! We all understand your concerns but the match is close n this is the time for encouragement!!!!!

  27. Yes we all know Muntari didn’t show maturity before the Coach but he should have been the first player to be called.

  28. Muntari does not deserve dis treatment for what ever reason i urge a.appiah to rethink.

  29. Prettytony says:

    @Maka,you are on point.

  30. Union Leader says:

    Even though Soccer is a team sport,most often than not a single player can make a huge difference. In this case Sulley is that player. He was going to be the game Changer for us in this game. There is no justification leaving him out. He want this game more than any of the 26 players called. I can only hope these coaches know what they are doing.

  31. Prof says:

    stupid cocoase akwasi appiah why that nonsense decision of excludion Sulley? l wont continue cos hmmmmm

  32. Nazo says:

    The motivation of gyian will go down because of Essien and Boateng as for Dede ayew its okey.

  33. Jaja says:

    Appiah! Where was Essien’s letter? Essien did’t need a letter to get back?? Equality for all. This is not acceptable!

    • J. White says:

      Essien didn’t have to write a letter to the FA to exclude himself. He asked for temporal absence from the team through verbal communication to the FA 2 years ago; hence, he didn’t need to write any letter before coming back. On the other hand, KPB and the Ayews formally informed the FA and their clubs through writing about their retirement from international football.

  34. MICHAEL says:

    This is a strong squad but very surprisingly not one single local player was invited. KA is this how you encourage our local stars?

  35. Prettytony says:

    Dr edusei,trust me Maka made more sense than you.Tell me does one need to become a doctor before he can speak to issues? In any case what do you ghanaian doctors know? Only good at killing innocent people,do you remember what your colleagues did to the siamens twins in kumasi?Man you sooo stupid,you must be the only educated guy in your family.

    • Dr edusei says:

      No he did not and he cannot. He called the coach mumu. Meaning the coach is not smart. You attack me for been intellectual. You jealous fool. I’m a dr in Chicago. America. My other brothers are engineer, banker and don’t let me go on. Some of you just come on line and just dish out insult. Now you know how it feels like. Don’t you idiot call our coach mumu coach.

    • Musah Fifa says:

      you are right my brother, he’s a foolish Dr, and he doesn’t know what he was saying,who talking about tribe here, does Maka talk about tribe? but this foolish Dr Congo was saying whether Maka is anti Ashantis, did he think Ghana belongs to only Ashantis? or did Akwesi Appiah think the Black Stars belongs to him? how many coaches comes and go before him? and how many of the Black Stars coahes works with MUNTARI before him? so he should remember that he has come and meet Muntari there and he will go and leave Muntari in the Black Stars, and that’s for sure.

    • PRINCE WIREDU says:

      HAVE SOME RESPECT BRO. SPEAKING YOUR OPINION DOES NOT MEAN USE ABUSIVE WORDS. THATS NOT GOOD.

  36. kwadwo says:

    Lesotho had 7, Sudan had 4 and Zambia will carry only 2 in their basket at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

  37. joey says:

    Ghana will dismantle the zambians come Sept. 6, with this strong squad, nothing can hold us from going to the promise buh Muntari is conspicuosly missing from the list…very sad buh all the same,good luck to the lads.

  38. Goodyman says:

    Abaaaa Coach AA…what at all is this,do you want to kill this innocent Cheap-poliopolio Zombies ….THIS IS NO WAR FIELD,IT SEEMS YOU WANT TO SEND THEM TO THEIR GRAVES!!!….I LIKE THE SQD BRUTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…..CHEAP-POLIOPOLIO WERE ARE YOU ?

  39. Sam Praise says:

    This squad is never complete without Muntari, What has he done to merit this? I feel like weeping, this is not right, after writing to let the whole world know he was sorry for what he did, even the players will be disappointed, this is so bad for Ghana football, am highly highly disappointed, why is some one some where spoiling our party? Am disappointed!

  40. Papadinho says:

    I hope FAZ don’t report Ghana to FIFA for using ‘new’ players

  41. MYSTRO says:

    Why Inkoom??Ahh,,Solomon ASANTE must go & bring on Sulley..the defence is smh weak..Akwesi Appiah look sharp and call Baba rahman because that short harrison afful is not world class left back…play your tactics well

  42. Nii Kwatei says:

    Appiah is destroying Ghana football. How do you think Muntari feels? He wanted to give his heart for Ghana to beat Zambia. And now he’s left alone in Italy. And the Black Stars miss him even more. We don’t miss Chibsah, or Asante but we miss Muntari

  43. Jesse says:

    Must you guys criticize any action the coach takes?He has been hired to do a job so just allow him that space do his job and at the end of the day we will access him based on his action.Only 11 players can play at the end of the day and then an extra 3 if the coach so wish to throw them in at some point in the game.Unnecessary criticism is not appropriate.Muntari should be called or should not be called,the onus lies with the coach and at the end of the day he used his discretion and that is end of discussion.I wonder sometimes if many of you on here are kids.Just because you have a computer and on the internet does not give you the impetus to sit back and use vain words on people old in enough to be your parents.Let the coach be and at the end of the day we will access him until then leave it as it is.Been a long time i commented on here.Keith from Germany i hope you are good.

    • dadaba gonshots says:

      Yes Jesse, we need to criticise the coach. When He loses, he gets his pediem etc, we get heartaches. Trust me I dont believe he is the best coach the GFA could offer, but he is what we have currently and I am not ready to come down with heart aches from a guy, a chick, no problem but AA to give me heart ache nope! Never! He needs to know we are looking or else he would feel complecent and falter.

  44. spellBOUND says:

    @Goodyman – hahahahahaha. good one bro. Your comments just made my day, in addition to this squad.

  45. kiki says:

    You people shd stop this Sulley Muntari syndicate. Wasn’t he paid for His services when He played fr the nation? The coach thinks he wud not be useful for now. The fact that Essien has bn called does not mean he’s gonna kick the ball. U pals must support the coach and stop this unnecessary castigation and heaping of insults. Some of u even insult ur parents wen they advise u on important issues. Who are u to advise using abusing language. We shd all try and stop these unscrupulous attitude of ours. Afterall AA is the one given the mantle to drive the national team!

  46. Andre says:

    By excluding Muntari shows AA lacks man management skills, does not make sense what so ever.

    At a time where finally everyone is coming together and you go and mess it up by excluding the main guy in getting everyone back and the only one of the old stars who has stayed loyal throughout.

    Shame on you kwasi Appiah, you clearly have shown your hand and its clear you don’ like peace.

    And on another note WE DO NOT HAVE A LEFT BACK PROBLEM AA you are crating one, Kissi is not good enough its so clear, you couldnt even trust the guy yourself at AFCON so why u trust him now. Playing Afful left back is also not the solution, he dos his best but he aint no left back STOP IT!!!

    We have two young budding stars yet you constantly ignore them and this I just cant understand.

    BABA Rahman- last season over 25 games (90 mins) played in the bundersliga and stared magnifcantly at the u20 world cup he would be my pick

    Alternatively

    David Addy – Reguarly in the Portuguese league and cup winner, why he is being overlooked is beyond me. Yet AA you know how to call inkoom who has not played a league game for over a year and when he plays for Ghana now i.e. turkey game is the waekest link.

    I really liked AA but things like this is begginning to make me change my mind. We cant be having stupid errors like this for the world cup. Otherwise we will be going nowhere kmt.

    • dadaba gonshots says:

      Oh Andre, are you now realising that this coach lacks this skill?

      • Koohia says:

        Am just wondering what people mean by man management skills. Can anyone define it for me? If deciding to not to include an indisciplined player is in a team is not part of man management then I don’t know what it is. A team works as a unit and the collective becomes more important than the individuals. Any element in the team that sows disruption because of personal egos needs to be brought into line and if that means sitting out of the team for a while, that is part of good man management.

  47. GAWUCHO says:

    fulk u Akwasi Appiah why nt Muntari and David Addy bcoz of yr basted corruption u used to call inkoom,kisi boateng,solomon Asante,Alber Adomah and Rabiu mohammed wat are dey cming for.
    Fulk u AKWASI APPIAH u wil be sack early u belt and see fulk u again

  48. cliffxy says:

    muntari appology letter was not accepted thats why he is not part of the team. But in all is strong team, this players can do the job. This is not time to critices. Let wait after the game.

  49. dan says:

    AA IS THISMUNTARI’S PAY AFTER HE CONTRIBUTED TO THE RETURN OF THESE GUYS.THIS IS A DIMOLISHING SQUARD.

  50. Jesse says:

    MUNTARI HAS HIMSELF TO BLAME FOR BEING LEFT OUT.READ THIS ARTICLE.

    Not too long ago, I penned an article in which I was advocating for AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari to apologise to Black Stars head coach Kwasi Appiah for disrespecting him back in June.

    As a reminder for those who may not know, Muntari lashed out at Appiah after he was substituted during Ghana’s 2-0 win over Lesotho in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Maseru.

    Credible reports have it that Muntari followed up with a verbal attack on Appiah in the dressing room after the match ended in the presence of the other players.

    Clearly Appiah felt insulted and humiliated, whilst Muntari has since maintained that he has nothing to apologise for on several platforms.

    The interesting thing is that whilst many distinguished personalities actually apologised on Muntari’s behalf, Appiah wanted to hear from the midfielder himself. That never happened.

    Instead, Muntari gave interviews to some media houses, talking about how he was going to help the Black Stars get past Zambia in the crucial World Cup qualifier.

    The personal apology never came. Soon, with the Zambia game drawing nearer and nearer, the word was that Muntari had to issue a public apology to Appiah, or risk being dropped from the squad for the all-important Zambia encounter.

    Already, the midfielder had been dropped from Ghana’s squad for the 2-2 friendly draw with Turkey, which was probably a sign of things to come.

    As mentioned earlier, his parents spoke to him and so did long time mentor, Felix Ansong, but Muntari still refused to apologise.

    With the Ayews and Kevin Prince Boateng expected to write letters to officially confirm their return to national duty, many expected Muntari to also write a letter apologizing for his actions. Muntari’s letter arrived on Thursday and these were the contents.

    Dear Sir,

    LETTER OF APOLOGY

    I write this letter to render my sincere apologies to the Management, Technical Team and the entire players of the Black Stars for my after the Lesotho/Ghana match
    which was played in Maseru on Sunday, 17th June 2013.

    I wish to state that this unfortunate incident will not happen again.

    Yours faithfully,

    Sulley Muntari

    What you have just read is the unedited version of the letter sent by Muntari which was published on the Ghana Football Association website, ghanafa.org.

    I remember calling Appiah on Thursday morning and asking him whether he had been contacted personally by Muntari. The Black Stars head coach replied in the negative. This was a few hours before the letter arrived.

    What I can surmise from all this is that, after what had happened, Muntari was perhaps afraid of contacting Appiah directly and so was trying to apologise through many people, including his parents.

    Indeed, I am reliably informed that Muntari’s mother, Hajia Kande (remember her infamous quote, “No Muntari, no Black Stars”) actually saw one of the top GFA officials and asked him to accompany her to Kwasi Appiah’s house to apologise on her son’s behalf.

    Unfortunately, the GFA official couldn’t take her there because he doesn’t know where Appiah’s house is.

    With everybody convinced that with the arrival of the letter, Muntari was definitely going to be part of the squad for the Zambia squad, discussions had already started on the effect Muntari’s presence will have on the Black Stars come September 6.

    I have to admit that I belonged to that school of thought. Then suddenly, via footy-ghana.com, the story breaks that Muntari is dropped from the squad.

    Let me state here and now that on a personal level, I would have loved to see Muntari as part of the squad for the Zambia game, because he has been a goal scoring threat from midfield for Ghana for many years.

    A record of 19 goals in 78 matches for the Black Stars is not to be sniffed at, and at a time when the team seems over reliant on Asamoah Gyan for goals, Muntari would be a key player in the Black Stars midfield especially when the going gets tough.

    However, even though in the letter he apologised to the management, technical team and players of the Black Stars, it was clear that the experienced star was only writing the apology because he wanted to play in the Zambia game.

    This is because he still hasn’t directly contacted Appiah at the time of writing this piece to personally apologise.

    Obviously some might slam Appiah for being petty because to all intents and purposes, if he has written a letter of apology, then he should be allowed back into the team.

    I honestly think that Muntari should have been selected, but with what he did in Lesotho, I have to understand Appiah’s thinking.

    For starters, since Muntari hasn’t contacted him directly, he would have no idea of whether Muntari would do what he did again because unfortunately, the former Portsmouth midfielder has previous in doing such things.

    If you remember, he was dropped by Milovan Rajevac from the 2010 African Nations Cup squad for being tactically indisciplined. Rajevac brought him back and handed him the captain’s armband for a friendly against Bosnia and Muntari scored in Ghana’s 1-2 loss.

    Muntari later won the UEFA Champions League with Inter Milan before the 2010 World Cup and went to the World Cup in South Africa with the Black Stars.

    He soon proved a disruptive influence in camp, especially when Rajevac did not use him for the 1-0 win over Serbia. In the next game against Australia, he refused to warm up when asked to prepare to go on as a substitute.

    Even though he eventually came on as a substitute against Germany, things had gotten so bad that Rajevac literally ordered him to leave the team’s camp.

    It took the intervention of the GFA top brass at the time, together with then team captain Stephen Appiah to get Rajevac to relent. Muntari returned to score against Uruguay.

    We also remember his issues back in 2004 where he broke camp rules and was left out of Ghana’s 2004 Olympics squad, plus his declaration that he wouldn’t play for the national team again.

    He backed down and returned in time to help Ghana qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

    So whilst Sulley Muntari is a great talent, he is a bit of a maverick and in this latest episode, he probably went too far.

    Let us not forget that Kwasi Appiah was the assistant coach when Muntari was throwing tantrums during the 2010 World Cup and so he would have seen at firsthand what he can be like.

    In the latest episode, Muntari should have bitten the bullet and approached Appiah to apologise after what he did.

    I am reliably informed that his posture that he did nothing wrong infuriated Appiah and whilst one can argue the merits of man-management, Muntari has himself to blame for not being called up for the Zambia game.

    For me, the only way back for him is to personally make contact with Appiah and apologise to him so that he can come back into the reckoning for the final qualifying round, should Ghana get there.

    Otherwise, this could prove to be one indiscretion too many and it has the disturbing potential of ending the international career of one of Ghana’s best talents.

    So, as the sages would say, Sulley Muntari, the ball is in your court.

    • anokwale says:

      You have hit the nail on the head. I like Muntari as a player but I think that Appiah has to send a message. I also applaud him not calling Jordan because he has to demonstrate that no one can force themselves into the Black Stars team. I like the fact that players now have to realize that it is a PRIVILEGE to be called for the Black Stars. It is not a right. After all in 2012 the Ayews could not score against Zambia. In the qualifier loss, Muntari could not score against Zambia. Why all the noise??

    • PRINCE WIREDU says:

      We have seen coaches come and go everyday. Our players never leave till they retire. I admire Muntari for one thing; commitment on the field of play.In moments like this I think there should be an alternative solution. In Europe he behaves towards his coaches and refrees but he still get call ups because these coaches know how to forget about yesterday and move on. My experience as a player playing for the brooklyn knights U-17 was that, times happen in a game where you get really emotional, tired and feel a burning desire to make it happen. This is what we call adrenalin peak when your body and mind gets heated and jeal and motivation just rule youyr body and pcycological language. No player wants to be changed. In very good teams Key players never get changed unless they wanted to be. Micheal Ballack never got changed in Chelsea unless he threwin the towel. Muntari is a senior player and should be accorded that same respect that black star coaches demand from him. Respect is given and taken. AA has failed in this respect to leave Muntari out. Thsi game is very important . With Ghanaians awaiting the verdict of the SC, this games outcome can even serve as a uniting element for Ghanaians

      • Koohia says:

        You seem to have forgotten that a good coach like Mourhino benched Muntari for same reasons. Those who are insisting on Sulley getting fielded in spite of whatever he does are part of the reasons for his downfall. He is perhaps a better player than Bale but no one is fighting to get him bought at any outrageous price because he is a disruption in any team. If Sulley was disciplined he could be competing in price with the top notch. If he does not change his attitude his carreer will end without he reaching his fullest potential. Those of you who are his friends should rather advise him than insulting the coach.

  51. Dr Who says:

    Let’s leave the coach to do his job…though I feel Sulley should have been part I won’t begrudge AA for dropping him…He wants to maintain discipline in the team and this will let the players know he is in charge.

  52. freeman amoah says:

    Akwasi appiah is unfair to a player who love ghana so much

  53. Mánìå says:

    Muntari always let his fans down. Henceforth i foresee a changed muntari after this game

  54. Godsent says:

    The squad is ok in my opinion but why did he left out Sulley after all de apologies and again how can u invite Kissi Boateng who plays in TP Mazembe nd leave out Baba Rahman who plays for Furth in Germany ? Between dis two leftbacks who among have future nd potential help mother Ghana ? pls AA come again. thanks

  55. Ashantiman says:

    Muntari has been disrespectfull since the era of these yugoslavian coaches.But lets talk about diligence,Muntari is. Second to. None

  56. Ijahman says:

    Wooowwww..what a selection.
    If only AA will put Lessen and Boy at central defence, it will be too strong for the Zambians. Also Kojo Asamoah can play the role he plays at Juventus by helping the defence and midfield at the same time.

    My selection for Zambia match is

    1. Dauda
    2. Opare
    3. Kojo Asamoah
    4. Boye
    5. Essien
    6. Rabiu
    7. Acheampong
    8. Wakasso
    9. Gyan
    10. Kevin
    11. Dede

  57. ME ME TEACHER says:

    CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER:
    “No Muntari, no Black Stars” – Hajia Kande

  58. HENRY says:

    Jesse

    I have really given u a great respect
    I are the most sensible guy among the commentators on this very domian.
    U have shown yr sence of humour

    keep it up

  59. blackman says:

    yes Muntari deserves a call up in my opinion, this guy has been there for Ghana no matter what time after time.. AA should put personal issuers outside and do the job for Ghana…

  60. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    SUCH A SAD NEWS FOR MUNTARI .AS SENIORS LET’S ALWAYS SET GOOD EXAMPLES FOR THE JUNIORS TO FOLLOW.MUNTARI IS ONE OF OUR BEST BUT THE ACTION OF THE COACH IS ALSO IMPORTANT SINCE SAPRE THE ROD SPOILS THE CHILD.I HOPE THIS MAKES MUNTARI ENDS THAT BEHAVIOR HERE WHILE I HOPE THE COACH WILL USE THIS LAST GAME AS A LAST PUNISHMENT FOR MUNTARI.WE NEED YOU TWO BECAUSE IT IS ONLY WHEN EACH OF YOU RESPECT EACH OTHER THAT EFFICIENCY IN THE JOB IS ACHIEVED.FOR THE REST OF PLAYERS INVITED,I HOPE THERE WILL BE HOPE AND HARMONY WITHIN THEM,BE GUIDED BY LAW AND OTHER ,RESPECT FOR PLAYERS,COACH AND LEADERS SO THAT TOGETHER THE GOOD NAME OF GHANA AND IT’S FLAG BE LIFTED HIGH TO THE HEAVEN.WE REQUEST THE COACH CONSIDERS AND INVITE MUNTARI FOR SUBSEQUENT MATCHES.GHANA 3 ZAMBIA 0 LONG LIVE GHANA AND MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.

  61. Dells says:

    Muntari, needlessly drawing unnecessary attention to himself with his misconduct, is the issue you guys must focus on. His outbursts are gradually destroying the social cohesion of the team.

  62. fred says:

    Pride comes before a nations fall,Why do you think Zambia is NOT afraid of Ghana and all their big names??? By now you should know that Zambia is NOT Sudan Zambia is NOT Lesotho,Zambia IS Chipolopolo!!! Thez a saying in Zambia that “Zambia iwina icungulo” meaning,Zambia wins at the last hour!! So Ghana may think that this will be a walkover,but that will be their greatest mistake ever,why do you think Stephen Kesh and Nigeria Respect Zambia?? Underestimate Zambia at your own peril! You ve been warned.

    • zambia is our toilet hole says:

      HEY YOU KNOW WHAT?
      I LOVE ZAMBIA AS A COUNTRY AND AS AN AFRICAN TEAM BUT WE CAN’T USE ZAMBIA TO REPRESENT AFRICA ON THE WORLD PLATFORM .THEIR TEAM LACKS QUALITY.THEY WON THE CUP IN GABON ,MORE GREASE TO THEIR ELBOW BUT NO NOT THIS TIME.THIS IS WORLD CUP WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.WE NEED THE BEST OF AFRICAN TEAMS TO MEET TEAMS SUCH AS BRAZIL,ITALY ,FRANCE ,SPAIN ETC.WHICH OF COURSE ZAMBIA IS NOT MATURED ENOUGH IN THE GAME AGAINST THEM.JUST CONTINUE TO BE OUR STUDENTS AND THERE WILL BE A CHANCE FOR YOU SOME DAY BUT NOT NOW SORRY.

  63. blackman says:

    Sulley Muntari… should be in the selection.. this guy is there for Ghana time after time, AA should put a side personal issuers with guy and call him….

  64. mztique says:

    jesse@ did u av to eat half of da page wid ur useless comments?muntari can decide not to apologise to A.A n lets see if akwesi has the balls to xclude him from da world cup.u xclude such important n xperienced tactitian futballer like muntari all inda name of indiscipline?aah a spoilt brat like mario is italia’s num one striker.adoma playin ahead of muntari?hellooooo!!!! .i nw agree wid da sch of tot dat u r a frafrakobo coach.uv lost control of ur job.neva seen a confused coach like ursef..muntaris kama go deal wid u kam sep 6.
    ofunu like u shaaaaaaaaaaaame

  65. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    I LOVE ZAMBIA AS A COUNTRY AND AS AN AFRICAN TEAM BUT WE CAN’T USE ZAMBIA TO REPRESENT AFRICA ON THE WORLD PLATFORM .THEIR TEAM LACKS QUALITY.THEY WON THE CUP IN GABON ,MORE GREASE TO THEIR ELBOW BUT NO NOT THIS TIME.THIS IS WORLD CUP WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.WE NEED THE BEST OF AFRICAN TEAMS TO MEET TEAMS SUCH AS BRAZIL,ITALY ,FRANCE ,SPAIN ETC.WHICH OF COURSE ZAMBIA IS NOT MATURED ENOUGH IN THE GAME AGAINST THEM.JUST CONTINUE TO BE OUR STUDENTS AND THERE WILL BE A CHANCE FOR YOU SOME DAY BUT NOT NOW SORRY.

  66. I love to ayew and boateng and essin in the team we Thanks God

  67. Doycino says:

    Ghana YPU WILL CRY SURE BRINGING OLD PLAYERS TO PLAY ZAMBIA?U ARE DEAD AND U WILL CHASE YOUR COACH AND AND HALF OF YOUR PLAYERS WILL RESIGN THY DONT HAVE A HEART FOR YOUR NATION SELFISH JOKERS

  68. Kofi Ghanaba says:

    This is the strong team the Zambians have assembled. But hey, Ghana will beat them.

    Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA), Danny Munyau (Red Arrows), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)

    Defenders: Christopher Munthali (Nkana), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, RSA), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, RSA), Bronson Chama (Red Arrows), Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde (Both TP Mazembe, DRC), Kabaso Chongo (Konkola Mine Police), Chintu Kampamba (Kabwe Warriors), Emmanuel Mbola (TP Mazembe)

    Midfielders: Kondwani Mtonga (Zesco United), Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba (Both TP Mazembe, DRC), Fwayo Tembo (Astra Guirgu, Romania) Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), Mukuka Mulenga (Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA), Chisamba Lungu, FC Ural, Russia), Noah Chivuta (Nakhon Ratchasima,Thailand), Christopher Katongo (Henan Jianye, China)

    Strikers: Jacob Mulenga (FC Utrecht, Holland), Emmanuel Mayuka (Southampton, England), Roger Kola (GAA Gent, Belgium), Collins Mbesuma, Orlando Pirates, RSA), James Chamanga (Liaoning Whowin,China)

  69. ABDUL HANAN says:

    I dont know de reason why kwasi Appiah should call samuel incoom when he do not play clud football and drop Muntari who plays for milan day-in day-out? Appiah should WAKE UP

  70. The Zambian says:

    Brothers,
    Let me war you. The more you demean Zambia, the more luck you are giving us. Check the statistics! When Zambia plays weak teams we draw or lose but when we play big teams we get charged to the fullest. If you want to beat Zambia, assemble a lot of local talent. If you bring uncoordinated so called professionals, you will cry that day. I have a lot of friends in Ghana and had a lot of teachers from Ghana. I have T-shirts as souvenir from Ghana. I have been to Ghana. Please, this is just football and our problems as individuals will not be wiped after the game. If you are poverty stricken, you will remain so after the match. Insults will not take us anywhere. I submit and let God’s chosen team win on 6th Sept, 2013!!!!!

  71. awal says:

    to exclude muntari is totally nonsense and bias

  72. Words says:

    I keep saying the National Team belongs to know one. The coach works for the GFA not you and I.If Muntari is dropped so be it.
    If u have problems with the coach jux apply for the job when is vaccant. If u work with someone who keeps disrespecting you,are you going to work with such a person jux bcos he is the best out der.
    Discipline must be maintained.
    Do u no da millions of Ghanains who want to play for BS.

  73. bawah says:

    Ghana-Japan friendly scheduled for 10 September in Yokohama will be an important test match. The mayonnaise will hold!

  74. havre renard says:

    we know we the zambians
    have lost the game in
    advance…but we will support
    the black stars should they
    qualify

  75. Maxwell Johnson says:

    @J. White, please check your facts well. Essien and KPB didn’t play together in the Sudan game, besides none of them were part of the squad for that game. The last time the two played together for the BS was against Congo Brazzaville which we won 3-1 in Ksi. Anyway what the hell are the likes of Inkoom, Asante, Awal Sumaila & Kissing Boateng doing in the squad? These shit players are not BS materials. Akaminko, David Addy, Baba Rahman & Dennis Appiah of Caen would have been better options. There was no need including Asante in the squad when you have better wingers like Atsu & Acheampong and even Adomah around. The midfielders are too many, Affum should have taken Chibah’s slot. We have only three strikers in the squad in the persons of Gyan, Warris & Otoo. This would have been a perfect opportunity for AA to access Affum against Japan even if he wasn’t gonna use him for the Zambia game. The squad looks strong though with the exception of the mediocre ones of course.

  76. GH Panther says:

    wow. for the first time in a long while, i feel i am in the ryt place. considerably less “childish” insults as we are accustomed to on this site .@jesse very very useful input der. ur submission was eye opening and cleared out sum issues. infact, i wanted to bash appiah for being petty, emotional, unprofessional, even unpatriotic bla bla bla. But truth of the matter is, muntari needs to be disciplined not jux for his own good but dat of the team as a whole. football is not tennis singles or gulf. its a team sport and team cohesion and unity is vital. dats how come less fancied sides can beat favourites/better teams. i for one, am truly disappointed in muntari. he might hv bn young then but he is a seniour player now who the younger black stars players look up to and more is expected of him as a role model. this was not a missed training or late arrival issue. it was a personal attack at kwesi appiah and thus, a personal apology to the coach was needed. dat letter was a half baked apology and very insincere as well as not genuine. he is undoubtedly key and his abscence is greatly felt but is a necessary step taken else i can promise anyone more indiscipline will follow. yes, u are emotional, andrenaline is pumping but once u’ve settled down and ur attention is brought to it, u shd hv immediately unreservedly apologized to the coach. for those who are quick to jump at appiah, knw dat this is not abt appiah’s ego(well, maybe so but more is involved) its also abt potential follow up acts of indiscipline and disunity in the squad which alone can weaken the cohesion and performance of ghana against even weak opponents. sulley indeed can mk a difference between a win and a lose but in this case its a necessary loss. its jux sad cos he wud hv made the squad thick/stronger but i hope appiah puts personal aside to recall him immediately he renders a proper direct apology. i commend appiah tho for this bold action. and to think dat pple thought a local coach cannot handle player egos. no one shd forget kwesi appiah’s pedigree. he was once a black stars captain.

  77. GH Panther says:

    not dat i’m old cos i’m in my 20s as well but sumtyms it can feel like u are debating with teenagers here. i knw ghanaians are more intellectual and mature than being reduced to simple insults. shut them down if necessary but sumtyms, some of these foreigners contribute nothing meaningful and shd be ignored. frankly, its a waste of breath replying.

  78. TrueGhanaian says:

    AA APPIAH;I USED TO LIKE YOU BUT YOU SOMETIMES MAKE MISTAKES DURING YOUR CALL UPS.WHY SHOULD MUNTARI BE EXCLUDED IN THIS CRUCIAL MATCH?AND YOU CALLED SOLOMON ASANTE?LOOK AT THIS FAULTY PASSES ASANTE MADE IN THE TURKEY FRIENDLY.AND YOU STILL CALLED HIM AND LEFT MUNTARI?WHATS GOING ON HERE?MUNTARI IS EXCELLENT IN DRIBBLING AND GIVEN ACCURATE PASSES;AND HE CAN ALSO SCORE FROM DIFFICULT ANGLES WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT?DID YOU SEE HIS CORNERKICK AGAINST SUDAN IN THE BSTARS AWAY MATCH?SUPERB.HE IS SUCH A QUALITY PLAYER YOU CANNOT IGNORE.