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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah confident in Nations Cup squad

Ghana's squad before a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Accra

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he has absolute confidence in the players selected for his pre-Africa Cup of Nations camping.

The ex Ghana captain on Thursday announced 26 players for the camping exercise in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from January 7-16.

Appiah must drop three players and submit a final list of 23 players for the 19 Janaury to February 10.

His preliminary squad includes five locally-based from the Ghana Premier League.

Bristol City winger Albert Adomah and striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom are the two players who play for second-tier sides in England and Italy respectively.

“All the players I have selected I have absolute confidence in them,” Appiah said at the press briefing on Thursday.

“I have given a lot of players the opportunity but for now I think these are the players I need to be successful at the Nations Cup.”

Ghana will play DR Congo, Mali and NigerĀ in Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. maka says:

    Somebody should please tell this Kumasi coach for me, that confidence is important, but it does not win games —competence does! And confidence plus competence = success! U cannot send donkeys to do the job of thorough-bred horses! Yahya Mohammed can never be a striker….yet, he’s in the squad as a striler at the expense of Jordan…! Are we kidding or what?

    Kwasi Appiah, you better bring the trophy o….seriously….u better do else u know what we Ghanaians can do. U are gonna get “hanged and burned”!

    Confidence….my foot!

    Derek Boateng, Yahya, Paintsil..should all not be in the team at the expense of Jordan, Afriyie Acquah and Quincy (unless he is injured). But on any day, Yahya should not be played as a striker or be in the team…simple!

  2. Dready says:

    Derek Boateng is useless.Inacurate and back passes are his trademark.Afriyie Acquah is much better than derek.AA is clueless.Ghana doesn’t need this kumasi coach for real.He is a waste.

  3. kwaku oti says:

    list looks good.not sure the exclusion of jordan was worth it.

  4. Foolish and nonesense.where is afrie aquahand jordan?.oh my god I cant understand why dis so called coach has kept on snubbing a solid defender like nana asare.why derek over afrie aquah?.well,i hope aa knows what would happen if he fails in his bid 2 win the tournament.as usual (sacking).

  5. evans says:

    hahahahaha you think the FA are supporting you listen to what the president is saying with little confidence “We want to win gold regardless of who is in the team” and i believe we may not even pass the group stage cos your tactics are very poor and you don’t know how to read matches ooooo Ghana what have we done

  6. Chembally says:

    We will surely come back to prepare for the next edition …. Kumasi coach indeed

  7. J.A says:

    Even if d world best coaches ar to do d selectn but some gud plys will be left out. Pls d most imptnt tin is to pray 4 dem to win d trophy. Go BLK *s Go. May ALLAH help us. {AMEEN}.

  8. Agenda says:

    To all of u I think u are confused,simple! Wld u want AA to bleach n turn a white man b4 u believe in him? Fake you! What can Jordan do better than Yahaya? Is it bcos he’s playing pro? Let’s think you ildiots!

  9. yaw2 says:

    AA will suprise you all..The squad is full of young blood. Boateng,paintsil and Annan are the only old school in the squad..The boys are hungry and they will play to win.We must give them support and they will deliver the cup for Ghana ok guys so everybody should chill out.!!!!!

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      YAW, U FORGOT GYAN…
      WE CAN GO FAR WITH THE SE PLAYERS, BUT FORGET ABOUT WINNING THE CUP MY FRIEND. NOT WITH SOPHISTICATED WINGER LIKE ADOMAH. EXPIRED PLAYERS LIKE D BOAT N PAINSTIL. KISSI BOAT…WE ONLY NEED 2 GOALIES, NOT 3. WEMMUST GIVE YAHAYA A CHANCE. EVIDENTLY, HIS FOREIGN EXPERIENCE IN FRANCE IS HELPING HIM IN THELCOAL LEAGUE. THIS IS AFRICA TOURNAMNT, SO LETS GO WITH YAHYA, DROP FATAU, AND CALL WARRIS.

  10. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    DROP PAINSTIL, DEREK BOATENG, AND EITHER KISSI BOATENG /SOLO ASANTE. WE HAVE RAHIM AYEW, DAVE ADDY, ABEYIE AND U GO N CALL THESE USELESS PLAYERS? PAINSTIL N DEREK ARE PAST THEIR EXPIRY DATES. SOLO ASANTE N KISSI BOATENG WEE LIABILITIES DURING CHAMPS LEAGUE. INFACT, HOW MANY GOALS/ASSISTS DID ASANTE GET FOR HIS CLUB? LOOK AT THE NUMBER GOALS BEREKUM CHELSEA CONCEEDED N TELL ME IF KISSI BOATENG IS GBSTAR MATERIAL? ZAMALEK N TP MAZEMBE PLAYERS PASS AROUND HIM LIKE WATER…I MEAN HOW? THE ONLY REASON AA IS CALLING THESE PLAYERS IS STRICTLY TRIBALISTIC AND WANTING HELP THEM FURTHER THEIR CAREERS. HW3, IF U DARE TAKE THESE 4 PLAYERS, U WILL COME BACK WITH YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HEAD SCREAMING….AGYEIIIIIII!