EXCLUSIVE PICTURES - 2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah's 23 men emplane to USA to finalise preparation

Black Stars players ready to fly out to USA

Black Stars players ready to fly out to USA

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Just hours after Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah announced his final 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, the entire squad is heading to the United States to begin serious works. 

Jerry Akaminko joins the team to USA

Jerry Akaminko joins the team to USA. Source: Home Base Media

The entire squad and officials with the team are ready to fly from Rotterdam to Los Angeles in the USA to fine-tune preparation before heading to Natal – Ghana’s base in Brazil.

Defender Jerry Akaminko who suffered a heartbreaking ankle injury and is ruled out of the tournament is travelling with the team to the United States to see an ankle specialist.

“USA get ready the blackstars are coming…. flying [to] NY [to] Miami,” Schalke star Kevin-Prince Boateng posted on his Instagram page.

Wakaso Mubarak with Sulley Muntari and Adam Kwarasey from far

Wakaso Mubarak with Sulley Muntari and Adam Kwarasey from far. Source: Home Base Media

The team will spend a week training at their USA camping before taking on Asian giants South Korea in the last warm-up game on June 9 before heading to Brazil the next day.

Ghana’s Group G opponents Portugal and Germany have already arrived in the USA and intensified their training as he both seek a good tournament.

Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah boarding the team bus

Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah boarding the team bus. Source: Home Base Media

Parma's Afriyie Acquah

Parma’s Afriyie Acquah. Source: Home Base Media

Credit to Home Base Media for Pictures.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Kwadwo Boakye says:

    Really disappointed Adoma was chosen over Acam this is bias

  2. Dr Who says:

    The African Warriors are coming…..

  3. OGYA says:

    To drop Accam is totally bias and uncalled for. If Akwesi Appiah really wanted to give Accam a chance then why didn’t he play him at least to see what exactly he could do on the field. Accam is far better than Dede Ayew but for fear of being bashed by his mouthy father just couldn’t cut him. This is sad because now we know that being in the Black Stars depends on your pedigree, big name or if you had established yourself that you can pay to play. That is what Asamoah Gyan has done, paid all these coaches to keep playing for the Black Stars, so they are not interested in developing any other player. For all those who are happy that Accam is cut, celebrate, but he could have been the difference maker in the WC for Ghana, because of his unique set of skills as a striker. Now we all know that Akwesi Appiah is a coward and a wimp.

    For all Ghanaians, what you saw yesterday, the lackluster performance, if you think that is going to improve? you are joking. That is exactly what is going to happen in the coming WC. There will not be any answers for this bull-turn coach when that happens, because he will not have any.

    I feel sorry for this coach, I will be sitting and laughing to see Ghana fall flat on its face at the world cup. To go to this world cup with this porous defense shows how stupid, dumb and naive this Asante idiot is. This is not African football where you show up with any group of players and win a game. His elementary and uneducated mind shows how clueless this moron is. I guess if you are not smart, you are not To not even call up Vorsah or anybody to replace Akaminko is suicidal. I am hoping that we will not be dealing with twerps again after the world cup whether they have signed a two year extension or not.

    I do not trust this coach and I am hoping for the worse.

    • Assemblyman says:

      Akwasi Appiah better stay in exile over there ,should he dare fail..his properties in Accra ,Kumasi and sunyani will be vandalized..I promise him that !! Kwasia coach !

      • DCE says:

        Assemblyman or whatever u call urself, u are an indeciplain guy paaa. Whats ur problem?

        • Assemblyman says:

          DCE,I get problem with this incompetent class 1coach oo bra! Am sure millions of us will be real upset should he continue playing the wrong system,fielding the wrong players and so on..

          • Silas says:

            Which wrong players did he field. Do you even know who the right players for a trial match such as this are. Does he field his strongest team and miss the chance to assess the players he’s trying for the first time? What at all is wrong with you people. The last important match AA played was against Egypt in Kumasi (Not the Cairo match which was to comply with formality). What was the scoreline. Did he field correct players then. I guess you are happy that one of our top 3 CBs is out injured because of this stupid pre-tournament friendly. You are the class 1 boy. Give us a break. Mtcheeeewww.

      • Name says:

        Massa respect yourself ok.

      • George arhin says:

        Too harsh, why are u heaping insult on the coach, is it because of just football? He’s is someone’s father, be gentle.

      • Trumpet says:

        That’s a dumb statement!!! Stupid!!

    • DCE says:

      Agya, u are not serious in life

    • Pasi says:

      “Ghana pinned us back and that made it difficult,” said Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal

      source:BBC.CO.UK

    • Rock says:

      You can go to hell okay? and never compare Accam to Dede Ayew.never in your life again.cock sucker.

    • FABU THE BEST & GREATEST says:

      Ogya, u must learn from today that tribalism is anachronistic, shameful, bigotry, and obscurantist. I am glad that u are uncomfortable that we are going to the World Cup as a united proud nation comprising many diverse but beautiful tribes, proud of our traditions and cultures with a common destiny. With this, we shall together chalk success at the World Cup. That is ur punishment for being tribalistic. Which tribe Akwasi Appiah comes from, is irrelevant and immaterial. But to expose ur crass ignorance, let me educate u that Sunyani where Akwasi Appiah comes from is not Asante. Long Live United Ghana! Long Live the Ghana Black Stars.

    • Birch says:

      can say watever u like…. but there is no way accam is better than Dede Ayew…. Jack why u dey sleep.. wake up man.. haha

  4. Bright Baffour says:

    Shut up ogya, you will see how Ghana dominates south Korea and the defense will improve.

  5. 21guns says:

    What is adumah doing in the squad (shaking my head)

  6. Phil Tech says:

    Ogya this is some bull crap that u are saying.. Accam is a good player.. But not better than Dede… Be a fan to Accam pray that he get another chance with the black stars… And stop bitching your ruggedy as about the other players

  7. atta says:

    @ogya….see how ur lame tribalistic ass is pushing u…i dont think u know better than de coach, if accam is better than ayew then i dont think u are sophisticated in football…anyway kwesi appiah is not ashanti, he’s brong……. masa u dont know anytin so hold ur damn breath

  8. reagan says:

    Ogya or what ever u call yourself how can u compere accam to dede do actually know what u ar talking about. I believe s a mistake so check ur comment again

  9. DCE says:

    Agya, u are not serious in life

  10. Fayol says:

    If Adomah is still in the squad then kwesi appiah must be drop by we Ghanaians too.

  11. AfrikaBoy says:

    ASS-EMBLYMAN,

    You are an ASS as your nickname suggests.

    The police should investigate you. You are making a criminal threat there, you moron, This behavior is unacceptable in 2014. If you think you can stay behind a computer and making threats like that in 2014, think again they will find you wherever you are in the world.

    • Assemblyman says:

      Look at this desperate poor man looking for attention by mentioning my name…I once collapsed in South Africa after Asamoah Gyan’s penalty miss..I was seated right inside the stadium..let me tell you,some of us leave our businesses and families just to travel miles to support the national team..Let me ask you,are you going to Brazil yourself ? I don’t know till you tell me..
      Massa,there are some players in the team esp Mr.Adomah.i don’t know his contribution unless someone wants to tell me that his relationship with Peggy .who is Appiah’s daughter didn’t count in his inclusion..
      This confused coach who plays 2 defensive midfielders at the same time..what sort of coach is he? Keeps on experimenting with no results..I am sure he will keep experimenting in Brazil to give us all heartaches..this is bullshit!!
      Well,the police should come investigate me..starting with you..I will give you a job or start doing that ,jobless graduate..bring your CV,I will better give you employment in my company.please don’t take it as an insult.but I can change your life.see your life!

  12. Viper says:

    African defenders are simply poor,they are always ball watching,a critical look at the goal conceded,you will realise,about 4 or 5 players were running towards Schneider who had the ball in the 18 area,non of the defenders as well defensive midfielders had the COMMON SENSE to identify the danger man who was Van Persie lurking behind,amazing.How can five players run towards a single player with a ball without having absolute no who is behind them? Totally unacceptable at this level,very poor,everyone should stay at their positions.

  13. selfmade says:

    I don’t understand why we keeping on using certain players in the same positions without any results! Is becasus their white coaches uses them in those positions so we also have to by force use them in that positions whether is working or not! Let use the SOUTH KOREA MATCH to try and find a DECENT PLAYERMAKER! Kpb has a very good football knowledge and that guy really know what we need in the bs! I think he said he wants to be the TREQUISTAR OR PLAYERMAKER for the team and this really tells me this guy has a good footballing knowledge! One thing I love about all the great AMERICAN PUGILISTS is that they are all BOXING HISTORIANS THEMSELVES! All the american boxing greats has good boxing history and they can tell u what a certain great boxer did in 1859 and what strategy or tactics they employed to win this or that match and this should tell people how serious they take their boxing careers! From sugar ray Robinson,Mohammed Ali thru sugar Ray Leonard up to Tyson and mayweather, shane moshley, they all have great boxing history and is not surprising that those guys were on top of their careers! I sometimes wonder if our players understand the game they play in! Some of the WC greatest players are the game greatest tacticians and historians themselves and is lil surprising that they always on top of their game! KPB is one Ghanaian player who is showing us that he knows the game he is playing and his suggestion should be taken up by the coach! WE NEED A PLAYERMAKER NOW! DEDE, ATSU,KPB AND JORDAN ARE MY CHOICES! Let’s us try one of them in the Korean friendly!

  14. Edem says:

    I think the new faces called up didn’t have much of a shot than didn’t do enough in the game to bump someone else of the plane.
    Schlupp’s slip cost us just as much as Inkoom ball watching as his marker passed him by, but Inkoom already had a seat and it was too little too late I guess.
    Accam well I guess his play vs the All-star squad from Ghana and camp did him in. I have only seen his YouTube highlight and wished I got to see a real match with blackstars before he got the boot. Hopefully he knew his fate before a game where he logged 0 minutes before cut day. Just the professional thing to do Dr. AA. Especially with 6 subs at your disposal and 3 players to cut.
    I support the blackstars and know they will do us proud. The coach needs to get his real squad working together fast because there is lots of work to do if they are serious about their ambitions. All the mounting losses are gonna heap more pressure on the squad, sorry Gyan the talk and play don’t match so the public will scream louder.
    Less talk, less Instagram pics – more shots on net, more goals.

  15. Ghanaman says:

    Good selection. PLEASE SHUT UP BECAUSE YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYER DIDNT MAKE IT. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN IN A STADUIM TO WATCH THEM PLAY BEFORE. COME ON BLACKSTARS GO AND DO ME AND ALL GHANA FANS PROUD

  16. brafii27@ says:

    Arjen Robben was quite positive. “It wasn’t great but we created four or five chances and that is not bad, as they got none.”
    The Bayern star lashed out to an opponent when he was tackled really hard. “I wanted to knock the guy down. The moron. It did cross my mind… only 12 days to go and then a tackle like this. THe ref said he’d redcard him if it was at the World Cup. I wish he redcarded him here and now as well!” this is robbens view on sumaila challenge.
    The team is not dat bad but i just pray inkoom n adomah dnt come near the pitch but b stacked on de bench. rabiu still has de speed n vision for gud tackles n i think dats gud,for kwarasey no doubt he will b de number 1. hope the team will improve massively for the mundial n the coach also needs to up his game. my starting eleven are…..
    …………………..kwarasey…………….
    opare…mensah……..boye…………afful
    …………..rabiu/acquah……asamoah/essien/muntari
    dede……boateng……..jordAN/asamoah
    …………gyan…………….
    4-2-3-1

    • Johnny says:

      That lone-striker formation has not been working well for Ghana. We need to pair Gyan and Warris upfront all the time. They are very effective playing together. Keep Jordan on the bench for now.

  17. Pinkus says:

    The Black Stars and Essine’s Captainship:

    I am not superstitious but it appears that in all the matches that Essien has captained the Black Stars, the team suffered a loss. Go through all the matches; friendly and competitive and you will understand what I am saying. It is his personal destiny. If Kwesi Appiah therefore wants to go far in the world cup, he should never make a mistake of handling Essien the captainship band even if Asamoah Djan is not playing. Take my words seriously.

    • Assemblyman says:

      Pinkus,well Essien is done and finished oo..it’s not about the captainship..the man want to force but it’s not coming ..he is like a dead horse now..he must be dropped with all frankness ..

  18. Leslie says:

    To the world cup with only six defenders? That’s dangerous if you ask me. Statistics show that defenders are the highest recipients of yellow and red cards for obvious reasons. I think Adomah should have been dropped and Kwabena Edusei or another central defender invited to join the team. In this situation Michael Essien may have to be prepared to function more as a defender than a midfielder in Brazil. After all he can play as a right back and central defender.

  19. Paradox says:

    Am envious but am sure my Zambia will one day make to the worldcup. All the best to the black stars of Ghana.

  20. nhyira says:

    Ghana y3n hy3 biribi yie oh hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Adomah or sorry i don’t even want to talk about this but why is it that when ever Essien captain Ghana team we always loose and yet AA has made him the assistant Captain dat means even during the world Cup and Asamoah Gyan is substituted and we are leading 5 -0 because of Essien captaincy we gonna loose no wonder he played the team with John Terry.

  21. tt says:

    Is it true Fatau will start ahead of kwarsey… Saw it in my joy on line. If DAT is the case then I am very disappointed in the coach.

  22. Christopher Abangeba says:

    Whatever it is, let us come together as one and pray for our dear Black Stars, I hope if God wins we also win.

  23. SAT says:

    Ogya, that is far far far below the belt. it you do not agree with the coach’s decision that doesn’t mean you should attack him.
    This is football and as such your best choice might not meet somebody’s standards. be assured that Ghana will not die. Only the will of God will be done. Lets all support the team.

    • na kwame says:

      na kwame says:
      June 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      fellow brothers
      what ogya said is false but please take hearts
      and asembly man also said his point of view..
      for my opinion ..
      i dont know why appiah didnt use our first eleven against the netherlands..
      maybe when we loose in preparation we do well like they say ..just like 2010 when they crushed us, if this is not the reason then somone tell me.
      every team played their first 11 along the weekend only we didnt well he might have a tangible reason for that…
      but if he is experimenting ,then he should experiment 100 percent.. and not half half..
      because not using acam and droping him is not fair..
      but i think adomah stayed because he is the only player who love to cross balls ..
      apart from adomah all the others love to cut in across always..
      with adomah we can have some dangerous situations against our opponents if he gets to play..
      and if appiah is saying he was restricted to use only six players..(change)
      then please i will say he is a leier ,,,he better give a tangible reason beacuse this friendly much rule exists for a long time and if he is telling us he just heard it…?? hmmmm… i doubt…
      he is a good coach we must support him.. we win together and we loose together..
      people we should have hope but there is an end for everything so please be ready that our hearts might be broken in this world cup we are not the best team in the world..
      my only prayer is that we should go through this group stage and go far as we can..
      and if it doesnt work we should accept it…
      it hurts for those who got their favourite players taken out but heeyy lets accept it we are all one..one nation and one destiny..
      acam is still young he will surely seize a position in the future to come..
      lets gather strength with good minded and this will help the team spiritually ..
      no matter where we are from..
      jah bless the black stars and ghana..
      peace amongst my brethren..
      remember they said they are in this time to give it 110 percent…if doesnt work ..
      we should say… “that is football”
      like essien and asamoah gyan always say..
      we will shock the world, i have the feeling….
      gather your positive spirits for the team dont make high tempers shift them into the negative side..
      peace..
      ghana is a blessed and sweet ,and love country lets keep it this way..
      discussions and point of views are always ok because ghana is a democratic country free minded
      but please exclude hate,tribalism and insults..
      it will bring us no where
      jah bless us all
      am out
      na kwame….

  24. Johnny Wood says:

    Ghanaian supporters are not disciplined. Travelling with 23 players does not mean all will play.
    Some are only there to help with the training session.
    The coach is always there with the players and have monitored them all these period. You should not use only one match to assess the players.
    It also makes sense that the coach is not fielding his best team. We know the players of the other teams but they don’t know us. Again look at what happened to Jerry Akaminko.
    Also bring your opinions but don’t behave as if you know everything. The coach are also making the best of the resources available. Asamoa Gyan is not the best striker Ghana has ever produced but the country has not produced a better striker for a long time. I wish you guys will stop talking and play that position for us. Also the left full back and the right wing (7) have problems. Get ready the coach will let you guys play those positions next time there is a big tournament.
    Lets show some respect to the coach unless you can afford coaches like Jos Morhino and the likes and even such coaches can make mistake or fail as well.
    Don’t be too emotional and bias yourselves.

  25. kwadwo says:

    Afriyie Acquah is very very good

  26. Mgodswillmark says:

    U Ghanian why u people warrior ur self, don’t warrior god is with u people go and play ur three matches and come back gentle and watch the better side lifting the trophy once again as their did in last nation cup ok don’t cry again Ghana monkey and mind u, Ghana suppose not to go Brazil because of Ghana people the white people call Africa black monkey and ur name have changes from black star of Ghana to black monkey of Ghana.

  27. OHENENANA says:

    This how we should play
    GK A Kwarasey/S Adams/F Dauda
    RB D Opare/S Inkoom
    CB J Boye/J Mensah
    CB M Essien/R Sumaila
    LB H Afful/M Wakaso
    RM A Ayew/A Adomah
    CM S Muntari/Rabiu
    CM A Badu/A Acquah
    LM K Asamoah/C Atsu
    RS K Boateng/M Waris
    LS A Gyan/J Ayew

    VS USA:
    A Kwarasey
    D Opare
    J Boye
    J Mensah
    H Afful
    C Atsu
    S Muntari
    M Essien
    K Asamoah
    M Waris
    A Gyan

    VS Germany:
    A Kwarasey
    D Opare
    J Boye
    M Essien
    M Wakaso
    A Ayew
    S Muntari
    A Badu
    K Asamoah
    K Boateng
    A Gyan

    VS Portugal
    A Kwarasey
    D Opare
    J Boye
    J Mensah
    W Mubarak
    A Ayew
    M Rabiu
    A Acquah
    K Asamoah
    K Boateng
    A Gyan

  28. osei says:

    what is adomah doing in the squad…….he does not derserve a place and i think accam deserve a place….not happy at all with the coach

  29. real word says:

    believe this is the best possible line up for the bs
    kwarase
    opare
    j boye
    j mensah
    afful
    aquah
    k asamoah
    kevin
    ayew
    gyan
    waris

    that’s the best starting 11

  30. @Mgodswillmark….. Your spellings, your vocabulary and your grammar tell us where you come from . It’s been a long time since we had anybody on this site write as bad as you do. Please, go back to your last grade where you quit school – grade four – and don’t come out until you have had some kind of certificate. Don’t come on this site with the grade three grammar and spelling again. This site is for literates. I’m wondering how you are even going to read this and understand.

  31. Asa-Bee says:

    I dont kwon if u people can feel what I feel, thus there is an animal(pig) among us and that is the fool call himself mgodswillmark. stupid how can u call we Ghanaian as monkeys. I dont even know d kind of animal who hatch u or may be a bull who looses his mind. A stupid Mad-man u are,fool. Ant is even far far more profitable dan u fool.

  32. ritchie says:

    we shd leave da coach to do his tin,we shd nt critise him nw let wait for da mundial

  33. Crusader7 says:

    You Essien haters, stop it! the guy is playing his role much better than anybody can. This bit about him being a spent force is not real. People shoulG open their eyes and look at his play well. Who in the Ghana team picks up the ball and runs straight to goal to score? And his back passes are strategic. You need to understand football to know this- a defensive midfielder! For me watching the Holland match he was effective, strong, smart and intelligent, and I was happy with his play. So the haters must stop and rather encourage him. here is someone who has had more than two career-threatening injuries, but has overcome these and is still playing at the top level. Why hate him. Some people sit at their desktop and all they think is Essien-bashing. PLEASE STOP IT!!!!!

  34. na kwame says:

    fellow brothers
    what ogya said is false but please take hearts
    and asembly man also said his point of view..
    for my opinion ..
    i dont know why appiah didnt use our first eleven against the netherlands..
    maybe when we loose in preparation we do well like they say ..just like 2010 when they crushed us, if this is not the reason then somone tell me.
    every team played their first 11 along the weekend only we didnt well he might have a tangible reason for that…
    but if he is experimenting ,then he should experiment 100 percent.. and not half half..
    because not using acam and droping him is not fair..
    but i think adomah stayed because he is the only player who love to cross balls ..
    apart from adomah all the others love to cut in across always..
    with adomah we can have some dangerous situations against our opponents if he gets to play..
    and if appiah is saying he was restricted to use only six players..(change)
    then please i will say he is a leier ,,,he better give a tangible reason beacuse this friendly much rule exists for a long time and if he is telling us he just heard it…?? hmmmm… i doubt…
    he is a good coach we must support him.. we win together and we loose together..
    people we should have hope but there is an end for everything so please be ready that our hearts might be broken in this world cup we are not the best team in the world..
    my only prayer is that we should go through this group stage and go far as we can..
    and if it doesnt work we should accept it…
    it hurts for those who got their favourite players taken out but heeyy lets accept it we are all one..one nation and one destiny..
    acam is still young he will surely seize a position in the future to come..
    lets gather strength with good minded and this will help the team spiritually ..
    no matter where we are from..
    jah bless the black stars and ghana..
    peace amongst my brethren..
    remember they said they are in this time to give it 110 percent…if doesnt work ..
    we should say… “that is football”
    like essien and asamoah gyan always say..
    we will shock the world, i have the feeling….
    gather your positive spirits for the team dont make high tempers shift them into the negative side..
    peace..
    ghana is a blessed and sweet ,and love country lets keep it this way..
    discussions and point of views are always ok because ghana is a democratic country free minded
    but please exclude hate,tribalism and insults..
    it will bring us no where
    jah bless us all
    am out
    na kwame….

  35. Edmund says:

    please enough of the insults guys. It doesn’t bring any solution to any of us.
    Let’s criticise constructively and keep our team going.
    We’re just giving our opinions and the coach can either take them or not.
    Please lrts stoo the insults .