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Ghana coach ponders Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien recall for Nations Cup

Sulley Muntari is anxious to recover in time to play at the 2013 AFCON finals

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien remain part of his plans for next year’s African Cup of Nations.

The duo did not play a part in the country’s qualification to the continent’s flagship event for varied reasons.

Muntari is recovering speedily from an injury he picked up during a kick-about with friends in Ghana towards the end of June.

The AC Milan man underwent the knife after he damaged his knee ligaments and expected to be back by the end of November.

Essien is slowly rediscovering his form at Spanish giants Real Madrid after suffering three serious injuries.

While the 29-year-old has asked to be excused from international duty, Muntari is anxious to recover fully in time ahead of the tournament in South Africa.

The Ghana boss has insisted he will blend experienced players with youthful exuberance and will not hesistate to recall the duo if they ready for the challenge ahead.

“Sulley and Michael Essien are great players that every nation will like to have,” Appiah said

“It is always good to have experience around some of the young ones. You can’t always depend on the young ones who are coming up.

“You may kill them off when things don’t go well. I am hoping that Sulley gets well so that I can invite him for the November game.

“The same goes for Michael. I have been talking to him but because he’s moved to a new team, I want to give him time to settle.

“As I said, they are great players and there is no way we can write them off. I still believe they have got good football in them and when they are around the young ones, it will help.”

The inclusion of the two players will serve as a real boost for the Black Stars as they attempt to end a 31-year wait for an African crown.

The team last won the Cup of Nations in 1982.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. KWAME PITO says:

    INCLUSION OF ESSIEN IS A MUST. HE SHOULD START PLAYING WITH THE TEAM IN FRIENDLIES BEFORE THE AFCON. ESSIEN HAS BEEN FIT FOR A LONG TIME NOW WHEN HE WAS AT CHELSEA AND NOW REAL MADRID. A.A YOU CAN’T LEAVE HIM OUT. ANNAN IS NOT AS INFLUENTIAL AS ESSIEN. YOU CAN PAIR THEM IN THE HEART OF MIDFIELD IN A 4-2-3-1 FORMATION

  2. T r o y says:

    Wooow can’t wait to see Essien Especially in Ghana Midfield chaaarlee it would be great o.

  3. kuuku philly says:

    our football should be banned if we fail 2 bring the trophy home..”senegal should be suspended from participating in the next two nations cup..

  4. kantoose says:

    esssien should be called but sulley can also come for motivation if he is fit in time and heis cool with that. 2 motivational players in the squad will send GHANA to glory. How old is drogba, zokora or even eto’o and even though they are playing in lower leagues than essien their nation still uses them. Essien has so much football in him, he even starts for real madrid and if Jose mourinho thinks so then why not A.A.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJhNs4Kqu3g&feature=relmfu
    watch this video. essien is a game changer

  5. kantoose says:

    esssien should be called but sulley can also come for motivation if he is fit in time and heis cool with that. 2 motivational players in the squad will send GHANA to glory. How old is drogba, zokora or even eto’o and even though they are playing in lower leagues than essien their nation still uses them. Essien has so much football in him, he even starts for real madrid and if Jose mourinho thinks so then why not A.A. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJhNs4Kqu3g&feature=relmfu

    watch this video. essien is a game changer

  6. Tiger says:

    What about KP Boateng? We need him.
    Essien – 8
    KP Boateng – 10
    Sulley Muntari – 11
    Annan 6

  7. Tiger says:

    Essien – 8
    KP Boateng – 6
    Sulley Muntari – 11
    Ayew – 10

  8. kuuku philly says:

    @tiger please let that name kpb diminish from ur mouth. I will be a big fool if I tell u we don’t need that guy.u can force the horse to the waterside but u cannot force it to drink.he used us 4 fame so let him enjoy himself.the time will come when he will be itching to return..

  9. Dr Who says:

    We need Essien but Sulley should be allowed to recover fully.He even needs to play some matches for AC Milan before we invite him.I cant imagine Yaya vrs Essien should Ghana meet Ivory coast or Mikel vrs Essien in a Gha-Naija match.

  10. ken says:

    Massa AA Pls do ur possible best to assemble the best for Afcon 2013. Pls they will be NO XCUSE for not lifting the cup and qualifying us for the wcup this time round so try na .God bless u, Long live Ghana ,Long Live AA & long Live Blackstars

  11. Young says:

    We MUST pray for Essien to be fit throughout his stint at Madrid and also for the World Cup in Brazil. Once Essien is back, the midfield will take shape and He will command everyone where they should be. He’s extremely influential and his inclusion will be a blessing to all fans of football.

  12. access says:

    AA if you wanna win it for Ghana please bring back Essien, Muntari.K.P.Boateng and Owusu Abayie.

  13. Joejoe says:

    We need Essien , Muntari, Abeyie, and John Mensah, Boakye yiadom, Afriyie Acquah and Warris and Clottey all in the ship to ANC

  14. Akwasi - Owusu says:

    Yes it would be great to have thoose to players on board again !!

    My question is… how much longer does it take to have Emmanuel Frimpong on board ??! The GFA should call FiFA to hurry up :s !!

    The GFA should also invite Memphis Depay or at least call the young man. He is a very good player and for the future he could do damage to our opponents please GFA wake up !!!

  15. Allen Kwabi says:

    Quincy,Sulley,Ayew,KPB,Essien,Atsu,Isaac Boakye and Gyan.Derek Boateng should not be called back.He is a waste.Derek!Stop passing the ball backwards towards the goalie.We want goals not back passes Derek!

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

    IF AA WANTS AFCON…S3 WOP3 AFCON TROPHY NO, A WINNY AAA….LOL
    IF AA WANTS TO WIN THE AFCON, HE SHOULD DO THE FOLLOWING
    WE HAVE NEVER WON AN AFCON TITLE WIN A BUNCH OF FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS NOR COACHES. WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY RELYING ON AA, A LOCAL GUY,
    BUT WE MUST CAUTION AGAINST THE USE OF 100% FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS. THE AFCON SQUAD SHOULD BE 50/50…
    NO ONE WANTS AA TO FAIL. WE ARE SEEING POTHOLES IN HIS GAMEPLAN, HIS TACTICS AND STRATEGY, DURING GAMES AND WE ARE MAKING HIM AWARE.
    IT WILL HELP HIM IF HE CAN CONSULT DESAILLY AND DIDI DRAMANI DURING THE AFCON TOURNEY
    ONLY A FOOL NEVER LISTENS LIKE PLAVI AND MILO. WHERE R THEY NOW?
    EGYPT WON THE AFCON TRIPLE WITH LOCAL COACH, LOCAL PLAYERS, ZAMBIA DID IT WITH MOSTLY LOCAL PLAYERS. SPAIN WON THE WCUP N 2WICE EURO CHAMPS
    WITH MOSTLY REAL MADRID N BARCA PLAYERS. THE LAST 4 EDITIONS OF THE AFCON TOURNEY WERE WON BY NATIONS WHO PARADED MOSTLY LOCAL
    PLAYERS. CHECK THE FACTS, FOLKS! GH HASNT WON THE AFCON IN OVER 30 YRS BCOS WE CONTINUE TO FIELD FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS, FOREIGN COACH
    TO EVEN AFCON TOURNAMNTS. THE NAME TAG IN YOUR CLOTHES WONT GIVE YOU A’S IN SCHOOL, BUT UR BRAINS. ETHIPIA N CAPE VARDE HVE PROLLY BEEN PLAYING
    WITH THE SAME SQUAD FOR YRS. THEY CAN PROLLY EVEN PLAY TOGETHER AS A UNIT WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED. ASSEMBLING A BUNCH OF SELFISH, FOREIGN BASED
    PLAYERS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR FOREIGN CONTRACTS, 3 DAYS BEFORE AN AFCON QUALIFIER IS SIMILAR TO COMMITTING SUICIDE. NOTHING HAS CHANGED.
    GH DIDNT BEAT MALAWI 12 NIL IN 62 BCOS WE ASSEMBLED OUR LOCAL PLAYERS 3 DAYS BEFORE WE PLAYED THEM. ITS BCOS OF OUR HIGH LEVEL OF PREPARATION AND WORK
    ETHIC BACK THEN. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. WAT HAS CHANGED IS TODAY’S GFA AND THE WAY THEY DO THINGS.
    CONGRATS TO COACH APPIAH ON THE QUALIFICATION, BUT IM NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR METHODS AND STRATEGIES AT ALL. THEY SAY A BIRD IN HAND IS BETTER
    THAN 2 IN THE BUSH. FUCK DAT SHIT! I WANT THE 2 IN THE BUSH PLUS THE ONE IN MY HAND……
    PICTURE OF 82 TEAM WITH THE TROPHY MUST BE IN APPIAH’S ROOM AND IN THE TRAINING ROOM
    OF THE SQUAD AT THE TOURNAMNT. IF THEY SEE IT ENUFF, THEY WILL BELIEVE THEY CAN WIN IT.

    APPIAH’S AFCON SQUAD SHOULD BE 50PERCENT LOCAL/CONTINENTAL BASED PLAYERS, 50PERCENT FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY HE CAN ASSURE
    HIMSELF OF WINNING THE TROPHY. IF HE GOES IN FOR ALL FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS, WE WILL LOSE OUT AGAIN LIKE WE KEEP ON DOING SINCE 1982. ONLY A FOOL
    KEEPS DOING THE SAME THING AND EXPECTS DIFFERENT RESULTS. HE NEEDS
    THESE VETERANS PROVIDED THEY R FIT, IN FORM N INJURY FREE…JOHN MENSAH, ESSIEN, MUNTARI, ABEYIE, GYAN, IF WE R TO WIN THE AFCON TROPHY.
    GET A FITNESS/WEIGHTLIFTING TRAINER FOR THE TEAM. CALL AGOGO

  17. Desmond says:

    WHERE IS SELLAS TETTEH

  18. Kay says:

    HAVE YOU HEARD THIS STORY?

    Liverpool join Man United in Boakye-Yiadom hunt
    16 October, 2012

    English Premier League side Liverpool have reportedly joined the train of sides interested in the services of young Ghanaian Striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom.

    Fresh reports emerging from the Italian media indicate the English side are keen on the Juventus and Genoa co-owned youngster who is currently on-loan at Serie B club Sassuolo and have began following his progress closely by sending scouts to watch him in action last week.

    Liverpool recently put in place a new scouting network which is scouring the globe for the world’s most promising young players of which the Ghanaian has become the latest starlet to catch the club’s eye.

    Southampton and Manchester United have also been named to be keeping tabs on the Ghanaian progidy.

    Boakye joined Genoa in 2009, and made his first Serie A appearance in April 2010 against Livorno, against whom he scored a debut goal.

    In June 2011, Boakye joined Sassuolo on a one-year loan deal, going on to score 12 goals in 34 appearances for the club.

    Juventus then signed the Ghanaian in July 2012 in a co-ownership deal from Genoa, and swiftly sent him back out on loan to Sassuolo.

    (For more Football news and updates, follow Footy-Ghana.com’s interactive pages on Twitter at @FootyGhana and on Facebook at FootyGhana)

  19. kimco says:

    gh fuo omg, this is wonderful, i’m seriously impressed with your post. This is the post of the year, dude great job, keep ‘em coming unlike some others who only mention foreign based players as solutions to our problems

  20. vmenUSA says:

    essien can captain the team and the midfield for ghana. he is the most experience player ghana has now, and playing under the best coach and for a big club.he and muntari, and the young chaps we have now can break the spell and lift the trophy….. who is a believer!