Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah casts doubt over inclusion of local players in World Cup squad
Ghana legend Stephen Appiah has cast doubt over the inclusion of home-based players in the Black Stars final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil in June.
Appiah, who led Ghana to its first two appearances in the World Cup in 2006 and 2010, says home-based players must work harder to be able to make Kwesi Appiah’s squad as the competition at the global tournament is keener.
There has been a massive clamour among in the local media for the inclusion of some home-based players in the squad for the competition in Brazil.
This comes after the Local Black Stars excelled at the at the recent Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) which has sparked a frenzy of the demands for the inclusion of the home-based players in Kwesi Appiah’s squad.
But Stephen Appiah says there is a huge difference between the CHAN competition and the World Cup which demands mentally tough players.
“The CHAN tournament is totally different from the World Cup because of the level of players who play there, and so, calls for their inclusion should only urge them on to work extra harder,” Appiah told Asempa FM.
Players like Stephen Adams, Kwabena Edusei and Abeiku Ainooson are among players suggested as the ones to be considered for the World Cup.
Ghana finished second at the CHAN tournament after being beaten in the final on penalties by Libya.
Ghana’s Black Stars will make their third successive FIFA World Cup appearance in Brazil in June this year after an impressive showing in the 2006 and 2010 editions.