Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in South Africa to monitor players for limited World Cup places

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is in South Africa to monitor his players before naming his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars trainer left Accra on Wednesday night for the final leg of his monitoring of foreign-based players before naming his squad by May 13.

Coach Appiah will be tracking at first hand the exploits of players such as Fatau Dauda, Rashid Sumaila and Edwin Gyimah who play their football for South African Premier League clubs.

Appiah will also be checking in on Edwin Gyimah, Awal Mohammed, and Daniel Agyei who are all candidates for places in his squad for June’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Ghana coach will be meeting up with club officials of his interested subjects to get all the behind the scenes information including detailed reports on the state of their fitness.

The Black Stars coach is desperate to avoid any controversy which may arise from the selection of unfit players for the World Cup.

He will also be visiting the training grounds of his players to check on their activities and competitiveness with just four games to the end of the South African league.

Coach Appiah will return to Ghana on Wednesday April 23 to finalize his squad for the 2014 World Cup.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    Fatau Dauda has earned his keep,played in all the qualifiers and for that reason, has to go to Brazil but not as number one,Kwarasey Rashid should definitely be on the 30 man list.

  2. Ein says:

    Kwarasey shakes in the post.we can’t risk the defence by putting him in the post.the best option is Fatau .He kept the post ahead of all and ensured we qualified

  3. Ein says:

    Kwarasey shakes in the post.we can’t risk the defence by putting him in the post.the best option is Fatau .He kept the post ahead of all and ensured we qualified.
    Kwarasey can go but certainly not the number 1

  4. Ein says:

    Kwarasey can go but certainly not the number 1

    • j. white says:

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. What do you mean by he shakes in the goalpost? I find it crazy that someone who captains his club would be described as lacking confidence! Do you understand what it takes for a player to captain his club? it’s even rare for goalkeepers to be made captain. The black stars technical team has simply not been that helpful to the guy. If the same level of support and patience being given benchwarming Dauda had been extended to Kwarasey when he first joined the team, we wouldn’t be here debating goalkeeping issues.

  5. benny says:

    Going to monitor Dauda warm bench or to take a cut to make him number 1 .
    Waste of tax payers money. No Ghanain player in South African desrve to go to Brazil.

  6. The coach is being bias when it comes to player selection,the players mentioned above ain’t the only Ghanian plays playing in the South African League. Players like John Arwuah etc..are all good players he should go monitoring

  7. The coach is being bias when it comes to player selection,the players mentioned above ain’t the only Ghanian players playing in the South African League. Players like John Arwuah etc..are all good players he should go monitoring

  8. Dr Who says:

    am sure his emphasis will be on the central defenders like Awal,Sumaila and Gyimah who can play both midfield and defence…As for Fatau,he is Ghana’s number one.

  9. kofi says:

    We have to be careful how can a bench warmer in africa low league be our number,is a disgrace to Ghanaians as whole and insult to kwarasey and other active goal keepers.if AA choses fatau ahead of kwarasey,braimah and adams i will organize demostration against AA &
    THE FA.BENCH WARMER this is bullshit

  10. Edward Aboagye says:

    You people always say tax payers money but how many people in Ghana pay tax… blackstars mostly get their money from sponsors not the freaking government.. Leave Appiah alone let him do his work.. aden gh fuo

  11. coach says:

    Fatau started keeping for Okwawu when I had just completed SSS
    Now I’m am 34 and he is still 28 no wonder he is so wack and not good to even warm the bench of a second division team

  12. Dr Who says:

    I will rather put my trust in an experience goalkeeper who through no fault of his,is competing with the number goalee of the country where he plies his trade, than a keeper who lacks confidence & is unable to communicate with his defence.

    • spellBOUND says:

      hahah, “no fault of his own”?? HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE????
      did dauda not know that pirates had a number 1 before putting pen to paper???? in addition to his technical deficiencies, the move is one of the main reasons why I’m less sympathetic to him. the man went to SA knowing well that a starting spot wasn’t guaranteed. for a player with national duty aspirations where maintaining form is important, it sure was a DUMB move….

    • Philip says:

      Dr. Who, I disagree with you, though you’re entitled to your views. Isn’t it a shame that a world cup bound goalie is playing 2nd fiddle to a bogus bafana bafana goalie all in the name of just being the SA no.1 goalie?

      Lets admit that Fatau’s move to SA was a wrong decision. He got the chance to man the post for Ghana when he was a local player. He should have just been patient until after the world cup for better offers.

      Player Exodus, Asem sebe!!!

  13. Dr Who says:

    was Olele not a perpetual bench warmer in his club yet he performed at national level….football is a skill so if Messi is benched for 2 yrs,you can never be better than him when he returns even if you play everyday.

  14. benny says:

    I can’t believe what l am reading here . Dauda an experienced keeper? Goodness sake.
    Comparing Dauda to Kwaresey is like comparing the late Madam Teresa to a prostitution. It is blasphemy.
    Dauda only experience is the nation cup.If we are not talking of experience, then Lets take Olele.
    Dauda cannot compete with a keeper in a mediocre league in South Africa. Kwaresey is a captain of his team a far better league than where Dauda warm bench.
    No serious national team will take Dauda to wirld cup . somebody makes an insipid excuse to make Dauda number one and now everybody keep saying Kwaresey lacks confidence. That is bonkers.

  15. benny says:

    I can’t believe what l am reading here . Dauda an experienced keeper? Goodness sake.
    Comparing Dauda to Kwaresey is like comparing the late Madam Teresa to a prostitution. It is blasphemy.
    Dauda only experience is the nation cup.If we are not talking of experience, then Lets take Olele.
    Dauda cannot compete with a keeper in a mediocre league in South Africa. Kwaresey is a captain of his team a far better league than where Dauda warm bench.
    No serious national team will take Dauda to world cup . somebody makes an insipid excuse to make Dauda number one and now everybody keep saying Kwaresey lacks confidence. That is bonkers.

  16. Chocolatito says:

    Fatau is struggling to get regular play not because he is in a mediocre league but because he is competing with south african national keeper…Kwarasey would have suffered similar fate if he were in Fatau shoes…If its about captainship then Nana Kwesi Asare should be indisposable in the BS setup…Was Kwarasey not given the chance to man the post immediately after Olele’s exit? Didnt he give out cheap goals against Guinea in 2012 AFCON and friendlies against Tunisia?..remember,no bad keeper can man the post of the BS to aid qualification to a WC.

  17. Blow says:

    Edwin Gyimah’s potential is yet to be harnessed because his strength and safety first approach makes him to be a cut above the rest.Awal is not a world Cup material.

  18. spellBOUND says:

    Dr. AA, you’re wasting your time in SA…. only benchwarmers reside there…

  19. Benny says:

    Everything about Dauda is negative.He is 40 years old,ugly,mediocre league,warming bench,funny name and crap goalkeeper who has an opportunity playing for the black stars because he pays bribe.Can anyone imagine taking Dauda to the World Cup?
    The commentators will only say he warms bench in a mediocre league in South Africa.what a joke.