Predicting Ghana's final World Cup Squad following defeat in Montenegro

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is just three months away, but the deadline to name the Ghana squad comes on May 13. 
On that date, manager Kwesi Appiah can name up to 30 players for a preliminary roster before cutting the final squad down to 23 on or before June 2.
We already have a general idea of how the starting lineup will look, but there are plenty of fringe spots still up for grabs.
Here is a look at how the 23-man roster would look if Appiah had to pick his team after the latest international friendly with Montenegro.
Goalkeepers: 
Fatau Dauda, Adam Kwarasey (middle) and Richard Kingson (right).

Fatau Dauda, Adam Kwarasey (middle) and Richard Kingson (right).

Fatau Dauda

Dauda is the first-choice keeper for the Ghana, according to head coach Kwesi Appiah who told an Accra-bases radio station.

The out-of-favour Orlando Pirates gloves man missed the friendly against Montenegro but will named in the final 23-man squad.

Just like Spain’s Casillas, Dauda despite lacking game time at club level will be number 1.

 Adam Kwarasey

Kwarasey could start for a handful of qualified African teams at the World Cup.

He is the captain of Stromsgodset and led them to win the Norwegian league title last year.

He did well in the 1-0 defeat to Montenegro by playing the entire duration but 2014 belongs to Dauda.

Stephen Adams

I can guarantee you that he will not be fielded in Brazil unless something catastrophic happens, but his presence will be felt elsewhere.

The Aduana Stars goalkeeper earned rave reviews for his stellar performances with the local Black Stars at the just ended CHAN tournament.

Defenders: 

John Boye

John Boye

Five defenders are locks to make the trip to Brazil, but the other three of the projected eight defensive spots could be up for grabs.

Right-Back: Daniel Opare

He has done everything right this season to merit a starting role in Kwesi Appiah’s side at the World Cup.

Opare has missed few games for his Belgian side Standard Liege who currently lead the league table.

He could be moved to left-back because of his versatility.

Center-Backs: John Boye and Jerry Akaminko

For now, John Boye and Jerry Akaminko are the best center-back pairing Ghana can put together, and they have grown into a respectable duo.

It did not work perfectly at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but both have grown following regular playing time at club level in the French and Turkish Leagues.

Akaminko can play as right-back incase of  an emergency.

Against Montenegro, the played the entire duration and did well with some eye-catching defensive displays.

Left-Back: Harrison Afful

Afful proved in the qualifiers that he is Ghana’s reliable starting left-back.

He is versatile too and can play in midfield, right-back and also on the wing.

The Reserves: Jonathan Mensah, Samuel Inkoom, David Addy, Rashid Sumaila

Mensah will make the trip but David Addy looks shaky.

Inkoom has been playing regularly in the Greek Super League with his new side Platanias.

Sumalia is in top form at South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Midfielders

Michael Essien

Michael Essien

Defensive Midfielders: Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari

Essien will be playing his last World Cup and this could be his best performance.

He was impressive in the 1-0 defeat to Montenegro when he captained the side.

His clubmate Muntari is available to assist him in midfield.

Right Wing: Andre Ayew

The Marseille ace seems to be suited for that role and his recent display for both club and country.

At the last World Cup in South Africa he performed to his optimum as the Black Stars reached the last eight.

Left Wing: Kwadwo Asamoah

Asamoah has the skills and dexterity to take up the role as the left-winger. Although he has been restricted at Juventus, he will not fall short at the World Cup in Brazil.

Reserves: Mohammed Rabiu, Mubarak Wakaso, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Christian Atsu

Rabiu was revelation at the 2013 AFCON and excelled in the qualifiers in the holding role. He faces competition from Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

Adomah has the speed and skills to raid the flanks of Ghana’s opponents. He is currently the topscorer for his Championship side Middlesbrough.

Wakaso can be relied on for his power and effectiveness on the left-wing. He can play as left-back too.

Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

 

No. 10 Role: Kevin-Prince Boateng

Boateng came back from his self-imposed sabbatical with a new purpose in 2013.

He is best suited in the No. 10 role of the 4-2-3-1 because it gives him the ability to roam freely through the midfield as he looks to spring the attack.

 

Forward: Asamoah Gyan

Gyan’s pedigree from the two previous World Cup finals cannot be questioned by anybody.

He has four goals in two finals and remains feared by some of the renowned defenders.

Reserves: Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew

Both players possess game-changing skills are likely to exhibit that in Brazil.

Waris has been in top form in the French Ligue 1 with four goals in eight matches.

Ayew is also playing week-in-week-out for Sochaux and has one goal to his credit.

On the edge:

Defenders: Abeiku Ainooson, John Mensah, Mohammed Awal, Lee Addy

Midfielders: Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Frimpong, Afriyie Acquah, Isaac Cofie

Forwards: Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Mahatma Otoo

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. J. White says:

    GSN or whoever posted this article, some of us know what you guys are about: to campaign for Dauda’s inclusion in the squad, but that isn’t going to happen. Never dare compare rusty Dauda to Ike Casillas; they don’t belong in the same boat! Do you have any idea how many matches Casillas has played for Spain, and the level of competition he has had to face in their goalkeeping the department? Fatau Dauda would not even make in the Spanish Division 2, not to be even imagine him being Real Madrid’s 5th goalkeeper! The world cup is not an avenue for bench warmers and jokers; not to even mention a keeper warming the bench in mediocre SA league. But then I wouldn’t be surprised if our corrupt officials including the coach and his technical team find a way of sneaking Dauda there. With the ‘crookish’ goalkeeper’s trainer already in bed with Dauda, everything is possible. We’re probably only going to add to the numbers in Brazil anyway, judging from the gross tactically ineptitude I saw in yesterday’s game. But regardless, you guys should put a stop to mentioning Dauda as our number 1: he is not! No serious coach will field bench-warming Dauda in his team for this world cup!

    • OGYA says:

      These stupid illiterate, idiotic morons at the GSN have no moral intellect. For them to say Fatau is a sure bet because some unqualified brown-nosing coach says so should stop the madness.

      Akwesi Appiah has no right to declare Fatau as the number one goalkeeper for the Black Star knowing perfectly well that he has not been active on the football field. If that happens and no one at the GFA stops it, then I will forever seek the down fall of the Ghana Black Stars at the World Cup.

  2. 21guns says:

    Please please AA USE ADAM AT THE WORLD CUP AND SEE HOW THINGS WILL GO AM NOT SAYING DAUDA IS BAD, BUT TRY HIM HE IS A BIG MATCH KEEPER

    Secondly we need experience men at our back,I pray Vosah should get a quick recovery, John mensa too should be called due to his strength and experience, maybe if we should consider john peinstil due to his experiences.

    • tzooh says:

      Are you serious? Paintsil who plays in division 2 (not even division 1 or the premiership itself) but division 2 of a south African league and John Mensah who at CAN 2012 had to be substituted every game and also missed games: played vs. Botswana, missed game vs. Mali and Guinea only to return vs Tunisia and then get substituted. Mensah is not fit and should not even be considered. It will be a joke if AA considers Paintsil and Mensah

  3. J. White says:

    GSN, if you people don’t want us to comment on your article then don’t even create the space for comments. I submitted a comment, and turned around to delete it! What is the sense in that? Is it because I criticized your propaganda to get Dauda into the world cup squad?

  4. Nii Kwatei says:

    Manipulative PR for Dauda. Don’t even dare compare him to Casillas. Kwarasey will play for sure.

  5. Mark says:

    Basically you’re sticking with same players except for Kwarasey. You’re analysis smacks of propaganda rather than a sincere attempt to select deserving players. We can see thru it!

  6. keith from germany says:

    I told u guys that there is a conspiracy against kwarasey.
    Since last week dauda is all over the place.
    Dauda aint bad neigther is he worldclass but lets give kwarasey the benefit of the doubt.
    U guys havent been writting good stuffs about kwarasey.
    AA will be digging his own grave by fielding dauda.
    Why cant we black people say what is good.i dont realy understand our mentality at all.
    We are always standing in our own way.
    David addy was good apart from his blackout in the first few seconds.

  7. Nana(RSA) says:

    Honestly, if we submit this rusty defensive set up I saw yesterday to Brazil. We will come home at the group stage. If Montenegro can expose our defense in the way they did yesterday. I don’t see how we can cope with Portugal that dismantled Cameroon. Football is not about who was on form but who is currently playing well. As it stands we do not have defenders. Boye,Akaminko,Opare,David Addy and Inkoom cannot be relied on. It is time we search for quality defenders otherwise I don’t see how we can get out of the group stage. What is the matter with Nana Akwasi Asare? This is purely my opinion.

  8. Benny says:

    I agree with you all guys.GSN should be ashamed to take monies from Dauda and portray him as a player who plied his trade in Europe.
    is it not degrading to portray a bench warming player in a minor league as Ghana no1.
    You people should show some self decency..How much does Dauda pay you Lot.
    You people are a disgrace.

  9. real sabacious says:

    Hahaha there’s one dude who spend all day on the net and write nonsense and post it here when he feels bored.there’s no sense in the above article.

  10. OHENENANA says:

    Best Squad for Brazil 2014
    Goalkeeper:
    A Kwarasey
    S Adams
    D Adjei

    Right Back:
    D Opare
    S Inkoom

    Center Back:
    J Boye
    J Akaminko
    M Jonathan
    I Vorsah

    Left Back:
    H Afful
    B Rahman

    Right Midfield:
    M Waris
    A Adomah

    Defensive Midfield:
    M Essien
    A Badu

    Central Midfield:
    K Boateng
    S Muntari

    Left Midfield:
    K Asamoah
    M Wakaso

    Second Striker/Attacking Midfield
    A Ayew
    C Atsu

    Striker:
    A Gyan
    R Boakye

    Reserves:
    F Dauda
    B Razak
    R Sumaila
    M Awall
    L Addy
    D Addy
    E Frimpong
    M Rabiu
    C Aboagye
    F Acheampong
    E Assifuah

    First 11:
    GK Kwarasey
    RB Opare
    CB Boye
    CB Akaminko
    LB Afful
    RM Waris
    CM Essien
    AM Ayew
    CM Boateng
    LM Asamoah
    ST Gyan
    Bench:
    S Adams
    S Inkoom
    I Vorsah
    A Badu
    M Wakaso
    C Atsu
    R Boakye

  11. FRANK HAN says:

    my first 11 for the team
    1.Adam Kwaresey
    2.Daniel Opare
    3.Kwadwo Asamoah thats where he plays
    in juventus
    4.Jerry Akaminko
    5.Isaac Vorsah
    6.Micheal Essien = Experience
    7.Kevin Prince Boateng
    8.sulley muntari =Experience
    9.Asamoah GYAN
    10.Majeed Waris
    11.Dede Ayew
    If you use this names i just mentioned in
    games we will surprise the world !!

  12. tzooh says:

    you should be a coach. You totally read my mind. I don’t know where I stand when it comes to Jordan Ayew. He is great sometimes and bad sometimes. He has potential but I don’t think he is ready yet. Same goes for RBY who has actually not been playing for Elche recently plus he goal to game ratio is kind of poor. On Adomah, I really don’t know what this guy really brings to the table. AA seems very fond of him but I really can’t see his contribution each time he plays for Ghana. Altogether, you have a solid squad

  13. Johan says:

    Ideal Ghana XI
    http://www.footballuser.com/948137/Ghana

    Essien or KPB could be replaced with Badu or Muntari

    • anokwale says:

      I have created the following for comment. I changed things around and my back line is quite different from yours. I have put Boye, Mensah and Akaminko out there together with Opare. I think those are our best athletes back there.

  14. Adebayo says:

    Nation of 24 million coaches! The truth is that Essien is no longer an effective cover for defenders! He still has a lot to contribute in the attacking third and can use experience and power against defenders. In the defensive third, he is now to slow and is easily crowded out and this puts his defenders under enormous pressure! He is not quick enough to play right-back but he is one of the best crossers of the ball in motion, a quality that was missing in the Montenegro game-a good coach will find a way to play him!

  15. steven says:

    I dont know why Ghanaians dont have the momentum to speak the facts on the ground, what can Akwesi Appiah boost of Fatau Dauda that makes him his no. shot stopper, its about time we do away with these mediocrities and showcase our intelligence. we are blessed to have Kwarassey,if we want to gamble let go ahead and the end will justify the meaning
    best regards!

  16. sticky straw says:

    frank han are u a coach ? U can even does better than akwesi appiah a dead lions is dangerous than a live dog and as such Fatau dauda should be in POst for ghana the the same goes to Anthony Annan having him on the bench will help Ghana 1. FAtau dauda 2. Micheal essien 3. Kwadjo asamoah 4.boye or Vorsah 5.Jerry akaminko 6.afriyie acquah 7. Prince boateng 8. Sulley muntari 9. Asamoah gyan 10.majeed warris 11. Dede ayew. pls note this the Reason why I choose afriyie acquah out of rabiu and agyemang badu is that afriyie play more regular than badu who is on and off in udinese he been struggling to be on the bench of krasnoder Italian league is better than Russian . Samuel inkoom and Maame adoma shouldn’t be brasil which attacker can inkoom mark can he tackle falcao with this height and body ?

  17. sticky straw says:

    Maame adoma parent were those who took care of akwasi appiah when he was husling in London infact it was Maame adoma’s fathe who took akwasi appiah to the security company to work as a security man in London and as such he will always call Maame Albert adoma

  18. Rich says:

    Why has schlupp fell out of favour. He’s a quality utility player. Can play anywhere. I’m surprised Germany didn’t keep him in there system. It would be criminal to ignore his talent for the biggest stage in the world.