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Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah on the hunt for World Cup squad

Posted On Thursday, 2nd January 2014
Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah is still on a hunt for options in his quest to form a formidable squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil this year.

In the past weeks, Appiah has been on an European tour, visiting some of the Black Stars players at their respective clubs in a bid to monitor their progress and fitness levels.

He has also been speaking to the managers of the players for first-hand information about their potentials and weaknesses to enable him to initiate contingency plans ahead of the tournament in June.

Ghana begins her campaign in Group G with tough opponents such as Germany, Portugal and the United States.

So far, Appiah has  travelled to England to see Albert Adomah in action for Middlesbrough in the English second tier.
He has  also visited Michael Essien at home to check on his progress in the Chelsea team against the background that the player has not enjoyed a successful stay at Stamford Bridge in recent times.

His long European tour is expected to take him to France to visit Andre Dede Ayew and John Boye who are recovering from injury.

Coach Appiah has refused to rule out any player from his squad since there are many talents to be considered in his bid to build a formidable squad for the tournament.

Already, there are speculations that players such as captain Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng and John Boye, will be automatic choices.

Source: Graphic Online.

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  1. Ken says:

    He should rather go to Spain, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany where we have great talents waiting for their debuts.

  2. Stranger Danger says:

    They better be automatic choices. Along with talent, you need experience. these players have both and are very well respected in their clubs.

  3. Boro says:

    I quiet remember when AA started using different players during the qualifier people were very hard on him including Nyaho Tamakloe claiming he should have his first eleven by then did not see why he keeps on calling different players and that they think he cannot do the job. Not only has he unveiled a lot of talented crop of players but completion between players as well. Now every player is looking for playing time else they may not make the cut.
    Emmanuel Frimpong: This chap seems to be going through the same problem as KPB when he joined Totteham. He is no doubt talented but appears to spend much time with the social media rather than being a player.
    Michael Essien: His lack of playing time is definitely affecting his play. His recent performance for the BS in the last match play-off said it all. He may leave Chelsea to elsewhere for more playing time.
    Albert Adomah: Although active at the club level but he does not seems to reciprocate same form
    Derek Boateng: He still struggles to make the first team cut at Fulham. Even if he makes it to the first team he mostly warms the bench
    Raman Chibsah: There is room for improvement
    Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu: His work rate is unquestionable. One of the athletic midfielders Ghana has at the moment. His tactical discipline a bit suspect.
    Kwadwo Asamoah: So far he is the most consistent Ghanaian player at the moment. He is currently playing at the left full back at Juventus rather than his prefer central midfield he does not disappoint whenever he plays for the BS. His team has been eliminated from the UEFA but could retain the Italian Serie A title
    Sulley Muntari: Although he has been consistent with AC Milan he appears very slow on the ball these days and mostly loses the ball so easily both with AC Milan and the BS. Most of the balls he has lost have been tackles behind him which means he is not ruthless when he has the ball. He gives accurate passes and has powerful left leg but his control on the ball is becoming disastrous. His team has qualified to the knockout stage of the UEFA champion’s league.
    Afriyie Aquah: This chap seems to be playing day in and out for Parma in Italy
    Richmond Boakye-Yiadom: He appears technically good but lacks stamina and pace. He turns better than any of the BS strikers. Majeed appears to have taken your place. You have dropped down the perking in my opinion and rather consider somebody like Assafuah or Accam before you as at now.
    Baba Rahman: Has been consistent
    Kevin-Prince Boateng: Has been consistent both at the club level and his team Scalke 04 still playing in the UEFA champions league but I think he should find a lasting solution to his persistent injury.
    Jonathan Mensah: Has been consistent
    Andre Ayew: Has also been consistent at the club level but now nursing injury. His team Marseilles has been eliminated from the UEFA champion’s league
    John Boye: Has been consistent but nursing injury
    Jordan Ayew: Has been warming the bench now moved to Schaux for more playing time
    Daniel Opare: Has been consistent but has not been able to take control of any of the lateral defense although he did a good job on Mohammed Salah of Egypt. His team standard liege has been eliminated from the EUROPA league
    Frank Acheampong: Has been appearing for Anderlect mostly as a substitute but his work rate cannot be questioned. His team Anderlect has been eliminated
    Bennard Kumordzi: He has been consistent for his club Racing Genk and currently they are still in the Europa league
    Christian Atsu: He has been having more playing time ever since he went to Holland. He is sometimes naïve. I remember when he came on as a substitute in the first leg against Egypt the play-off he had wanted to play around and received AA’s wrath for doing that. He then became serious and went ahead to score that wonderful last goal. His talent is not in doubt and thinks if he can avoid some the naivetivity he can make the cut into the BS team
    Isaac Vorsah: The last time he played for the BS I saw a lot of improvement with his control at the defense. He was not panicking and was giving accurate passes. In fact, he played like Jerome Boateng. If he can come back from injury and continue from where he left off it will be better for Ghana.
    Richard Kingson: He appears to be doing well till the six cheap goals against him. I watched all the six goals and thanked God he was not our no.1 goalkeeper. This kind of form can cause the BS dearly. He cannot see well due to his age.
    Adam Kwarasey: His problem has always been his communication with the back four. His aerial balls has also not been so impressive as well as his timing in coming out. He can leak against a team that uses peripheral or penetrating passes.
    David Addy: Has also been consistent both at club level and the EUROPA league.
    Majeed Waris: He is one of the Ghanaian players who seem to have utilized his chance very well. The cohesion between him and Asamoah has been good so far. His lack of playing time was becoming a worry but his move to valencciene to get more playing time has come as a sigh of relieve for many Ghanaians.
    Rabiu Mohammed: He reminds me of Patrick Vieira of France. He currently protect the back four better that any of the BS players. His inexperience was exposed when we played against the Zambians and the friendly against Japan. He appeared to be moving too far like an offensive rather than holding (he is sometimes not tactically discipline enough). Wakaso Mubarak: The form he had at Espanyol has vanished ever since he came to Russia. He needs to back up before he loses his position in the BS team.
    Emmanuel Clottey: He has been consistent
    Asamoah Gyan: He lacks stamina although matured now. It appears Waris now makes the run for him, but he still has to improve on his stamina seriously. I think this is the reason he has to move back to the EPL. He has the money now so I think he can now afford to take that gamble.
    Jerry Akaminko: He has been consistent and seems to be winning his confident back. He is of the chaps currently playing in the central defense that I think can be tried at the lateral defense too.
    South Africa
    Francis Adjei: Has been very consistent
    Fatau Dauda: His lack of playing time at Orlando is actually affecting his form. His timing, aerial ball and confidence have all gone down. He does not deserve to be our no. 1 choice at all. He now has to drop to Ghana’s no. 3
    Rashid Sumaila: Consistent but his inexperience nearly caused us the WC slot when he escaped sent off against Egypt first leg play off. Up till now I still do not understand why AA did not use the opportunity to substitute him in that match knowing that another mistake by him could have caused us the numerical disadvantage. He is also one of the chaps that I think AA can try in one of our lateral defense
    Edwin Gyimah: Has also been consistent
    Issah Awal: He was consistent till his recent AWOL
    Harrison Afful: Has also been consistent
    DR Congo
    Richard Kissi Boateng: Consistent
    Solomon Asante: Consistent
    Dominic Adiyiah: Recently been consistent but has failed to reciprocate his under20 form
    Samuel Nkoom: Has not been able to make it to the first team

    Below are list of players who seems to be doing well at their various clubs and now knocking at the door of the BS team. There are still some name coming up day in and day out.
    Jeffrey Schulpp: Not very consistent
    Alfred Duncan: Plays for Livorno and has been consistent although he Inter player
    Maxwell Acosty: Lacks playing time
    Isaac Cofie: Lacks playing time
    Masahudu Alhassan: Has been consistent in the Italian Serie B
    Enock Adu Kofi: Has been consistent
    Nana Akwasi Asare: The most consistent Ghanaian player for the past four or so years. However, this chap has not been lucky to be part of the BS team under any of the Coaches
    Shadrach Eghan: Has also been consistent
    Kwame Quansah: Another consistent player but never makes it to the BS team
    Lee Addy: Has also been consistent although his team has been eliminated from the Europa league.
    Czech Republic
    Isaac Sackey: Doing well at his current club his team qualified to the knockout stage at the EUROPA league
    Ebenezer Assifuah: Has been consistent
    Ishmael Yartey: In the same club with Assafuah and has also been consistent although their club has not been doing so well. Their club is struggling against relegation
    Samuel Afum: He was doing well before his injury
    Seth Konadu: Has also been consistent and was part of CAF Winners cup
    John Antwi: His current form at the Egyptian top –flight league could earn him a call up
    The below list is considered as my team A because majority of these names were consistent both at the club level and during the WCQ
    TEAM A
    Goalkeepers: Adam Kwaresey, Fatau Dauda, Francis Adjei
    Defenders: Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Daniel Opare, Isaac Vorsah, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila,
    Midfielders: Michael Essien, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah , Sulley Muntari ,Afriyie Aquah, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Rabiu Mohammed, Wakaso Mubarak
    Strikers: Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan

  4. TrueGhanaian says:

    That is excellent assesment;BORO.You are very observant when it comes to Black Star players.I normally read your comments here;which all make sense.I hope Akwasi Appiah is reading your comments too.You are VERY GOOD observant;Bro.Some coaching course will surely help you ;my brother.You might become a Black Stars coach in the future to help us.Keep going.I really like reading your sensible comments.

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