Ex-Ghana FA boss Nyaho Tamakloe has hit hard at coach Kwesi Appiah for calling 24-players for this weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Sudan describing it as ‘excessive’ but has ended up exposing his ignorance.
Tamakloe, a controversial former FA boss who comments on everything, made the comments to a newspaper even though FIFA rules state that 23 players must be named in the team’s satarting line-up for World Cup qualifiers
The Ghanaian trainer announced a 24-man squad last week for the tricky tie against the Nile crocodile.
The former FA capo is unhappy with the pool of players invited for the game at the Baba Yara stadium.
“That’s too large, a squad of 24 players for one match. My argument is that the technical team are just doing try and error hoping to get right? Tamakloe told 90 Minutes newspaper
“Why 24 players? If you know the players and those that can play, why assemble this large numbers when you won’t have even a week to train together?
“I hope Kwesi Appiah knows what he is doing because to me a squad of 24 players is too large.
“To me, there no seriousness, you just finished a tournament and you still don’t have your team.
“Now just a week to just one World Cup qualifier, you’ve named 24-man squad including four newcomers.
“Let’s see what they can do but I have my fears about certain things.”
Despite making these comments, FIFA rules state that for World Cup qualifiers countries must use 23 players for the matches with 11 starting and 12 on the bench.
The wisdom in Appiah calling 24 players became apparent on Sunday night when midfielder Christian Atsu suffered injury ruling him out of the game in Kumasi, leaving the squad with 23 players.
All the countries playing in the weekend’s qualifiers have called up m0re than 23 players with Ivory Coast inviting 28 stars for their match excluding Didier Drogba.
The Black Stars are trailing leaders Zambia by three points and must therefore negotiate the tie to put their campaign back on track.
Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals).
Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Richard Kissi Boateng (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa)
Midfielders: Emmanuel Frimpong (Fulham, England), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portugal), Wakaso Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), Solomon Asante (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England)
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), David Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden ), Mahatma Otoo (Hearts of Oak)