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Ghana coach to monitor Black Stars players in Europe ahead of World Cup

Posted On Monday, 9th December 2013
Kwesi Appiah will be heading to Europe for scouting.

Kwesi Appiah will be heading to Europe for scouting.

Kwesi Appiah says he will intensify his scouting activities on Ghana players to ensure the best are picked for the 2014 World Cup finals.

The ex-international has six months to monitor his players before naming his final 23-man squad for the tournament.

Appiah has got the core of his team which secured qualification after eight matches including the playoff matches against Egypt.

He will be seeking to bolster his squad which players who will pop before the end of the season to gatecrash his final list.

“We will be in Brazil to make sure we get a team base and after that I make sure I do some visits to the players and then keep monitoring,” the soft-spoken trainer said.

“At the moment we have got some few injuries. I will visit those who have got injuries and then I keep monitoring everyone.

“I think our next friendly game is in March but before that we will keep an eye on everyone and make sure they are all in good shape.”

Appiah is supported by another ex-international Maxwell Konadu as his assistant coach.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. PITO says:

    What you need to do from now till next year worldcup is attachment to a coaching academy in Germany!! becaise you think you have arrived but you haven’t!
    In the Burkina Faso game and Cape Verde games all you had to do was switch to a an defence and 4 man midfield and one sole striker who remains upfield forever because within the cause of the ame our boys had become overwhelmed with the sudden confidence ofthe Burkninabe and Cape Verdeans. So thats what you do! Switch formation to absorb and gain control after some time but No A.A does not know how to counteract opposition formations

    • pala says:

      pito & real sabacious have written wonderfully & i hope the gfa & kwesi appiah(aka the most important thing is) have read them.
      personally i don’t spending so much time in europe is necessary for the following reasons:
      first the world has become a global village especially due to advancement in technology so that most of the things he would want to do over there can equally be done here.

      secondly, it appears kwesi appiah has made his mind already. looking at the quality of david nii addy, yaw frimpong and kissi boateng, kwesi appiah seemed to be schemimg hard to guarantee first team place for AFFUL, NKOOM, & OPARE. especially AFFUL. My problem is that these 3 afful, nkoom & opare have been given considerable opportunity but are unable to perform above average.

      Also i think daniel nii agyei was taken to 2010 world cup to hone his killls and get the neccessary exposure for today but i don’t understand why he is still not being given playing time.

      again the blackstars technical bench is weak; compared to nigeria or cameroun our bench is low on pedigree.
      this writer said maxwell konadu is an ex international. konadu so far as i can remember did not play for the blackstars in a very serious international tournament except may be at the under 23 level at the olympics where he played 2nd fiddle to kwame ayew.
      again i think either joseph carr or simon addo should be brought on board as goal keepers trainer to smoothen the rough edges in the goal keeping department

  2. real Sabacious says:

    I hope you keep your word this time around, I keep on saying the main problem with the stars currently is the left and the right full back. It will be disaster taking someone like Afful to the world cup. He will be bullied by the strikers in our group and his defending has always been a doubt. Opare to has not impressed me for far.jerry vandam has been playing week in week out in the same league with opare, he can play as right back and centre back.1.88 cm tall is also a plus as a defender especially at the world cup.i have been suggested that Akwasi Appiah start playing wakaso as a left in our coming friendly matches, he got the psyque to handle any striker. At least we’ve 3-4 players who can the 11 position. Akaminko is another option for the right. I hope those concern are reading my post.

  3. Magnum says:

    @real Sabacious Go fuck yourself do you even know football or Jerry Vandam gave you money to talk bad about Afful and Opare so that he can get a chance into the Black stars, For your info i am fan of the Black Stars and i know how each and every player is doing both TEAM and CLUB, Opare and Afful are doing extremely well for their teams and black stars

  4. real Sabacious says:

    @magnum or whatever you called your Fucking self, Kwasia boy! Calling himself a black star fa.i be kosovo fan right? When did you start monitoring ghanaian players? If I may ask, do you even have a have a tv set? I challenge AA to give 1/4 of the chance given Afful and Opare to Jerry vandam and David Addy and trust me, the rest will be a history. Anybody with his sense knows that we depend on Afful and opare at the world cup.we criticised for the interest of Ghana not for individuals. Bush boy! U think u have monopoly over abuse ryt?

  5. Boro says:

    WORDS OF CAUTION TO AKWASI APPIAH
    Finally, the ball is in our court and I think, I agree with AA when he said it all boils down to preparation. What I will like to add though is commitment, stamina, prevention of naivety (concentration at all time) and our technical bench.
    PREPARATION
    Physical
    I think we need to prepare well physically to give us the stamina we need. The members of the BS team should on individual basis begin to work on their stamina so that they can go all out during the tournament should they be selected. The Ghanaian players to avoid any lackadaisical attitudes in each of the 90 minutes they will play.
    Psychology
    Players of the BS team should begin to put it in their minds that they are going out there to win each and every match no matter the pedigree of the opposing teams. I mean “the can do spirit”. The Ghanaian psychologist needs to begin working on the team right now!!!
    TECHNICAL BENCH
    Possible Oppositions
    First of all, with the draws out I think the video analyst should begin to look out for the shortfalls of all the teams we have been paired with and AA work out good strategies to map out these teams like he did to Egypt. He must choose teams with similar strategies for our international friendly games and try these strategies base on the strong and weaknesses of these teams to see how those strategies will work. Going forwards AA should know that there is possibility that the teams we are going to meet might be able to either passes the ball than us or try to catch us on swift counter attacks or surprise us with long passes. There can also be a situation where opposing teams might try to get set pieces in dangerous positions or even cause numerical disadvantage. In the mist of all these in AA’s mind how is he going to map out a strategy to avoid all these problems? For instance, in the return match against Egypt his strategy of swift counter attack did not work well. Although we got a consolation goal through that in the dying minute of the match, I think that strategy was not well executed. How is he going to correct that?
    Concentration
    If I am to remind AA of the 2006 world cup in Germany, we lost to Brazil by three goals. In that match we had more possession of the ball than the Brazilians however; it only took two piercing passes from Ronaldinho which caught our defense flat and sleeping. In fact, such passes threatened our defense throughout that game. How is AA going to prevent such technical disability from happening to this team?
    Lessons learned?
    In our match against Egypt in Kumasi although we won that match 6-1 against Egypt, AA made a basic mistake which when made in the world cup could cause us a red card and therefore numerical disadvantage. This is the foul committed by Rashid Sumaila which caused us the penalty. In the first place I think it was a red card offense and when he escaped what AA should have done was to substitute him. In the big stage like the world cup what the opposing team will do is always try to attack through him to commit another bookable offence. Had RS attracted the red card could BS have won by that margin?
    I must also state that the continuing turning of one of the most skillful players in the team into a defender in the person of Kwadwo Asamoah is not helping the team. He should rather find a player who can do his work at the left back position well to free KA rather than the current approach.
    Ghana’s Group
    With our group for this coming 2014 world cup, I think it is a good group for us, if we really want to go farther than the previous world cups. Unless, we are just there to add to the numbers because it is the toughest of all the groups and if we are able to sail through in this group “Isha Allah” we can be sure of reaching the semis and then to the final. After all, as the saying goes “one need to be better than good in order to compete with the best of the world”
    Wish you well AA.





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