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Richard Kissi Boateng to solve Black Stars problematic left back position

Posted On Friday, 9th November 2012

Richard Kissi Boateng hopes to solve problematic left back position in the Black Stars

Richard Kissi Boateng believes he has the ability to solve the problematic left back position in the Black Stars.

The Berekum Chelsea player earned his fourth call-up into the senior national team ahead of the international friendly against Cape Verde on Tuesday.

The West African side have struggled to find a permanent left back since Addoquaye Pappoe left the scene after the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany.

Over ten players including Nana Kwesi Asare, Daniel Opare, Lee Addy, Hans Adu Sarpei, Massawudu Alhassan and Lee Addy amongst others have been tried in the position without huge success.

But the 23-year-old is confident he can become a permanent left back player for the team.

“I was very excited when I got my fourth call-up into the national team. I looked at the list and I could see three left back players,” Kissi told Radio XYZ

“I believe it’s all about opportunity because when I get the chance, I will work hard to remain in the position.

“It’s always a dream to play for the Black Stars will not waste time to seize the opportunity when its present itself.”

Boateng will face stiff competition from experienced Harrison Afful, who  is a sure bêt for the position at next year’s African Cup of Nations in South Africa

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ghanaba says:

    This writer has been very unfair to Hans Adu Sarpei who manned this position very well till age caught up with him. Let us give credit where it is due.

  2. Jaja says:

    David Addy is great and is playing full throttle every match in the Portuguese league. He should be our left-back. No time to experiment again with an untested player like we did with this 17-year old Alhassan last time. We need stability.

  3. Jaja says:

    - Asare is a great player too, he is the captain of FC Utrecht. However, he’s not a left back! He’s a midfielder. And in the midfield department he faces alot of competition

    - Opare has barely made the first team of FC Liege. And when he made the team, he never played. He’s no doubt very talented but not in form right now.

    - Alhassan. Same thing like Opare. Very talented but no playing time. So not in form.

    - Lee Addy? C’mon this is the weakest defender Ghana has ever allowed to play. he’s a benchwarmer in a mediocre chinese club. We should not even consider him!

    - Conclusion: David Addy stands with head and shoulders above the other defenders. He’s talented and young, but plays regularly too.

    • Kay says:

      Is Akwasi Appiah really and seriously looking for left-back?
      Waksso, Kwadwo Asamoah, Muntari and Dede can play at left back if the coach really insist. They track back to defend beautifully at the various clubs. If Appiah really want to win the AFCON he should learn from what Mourinho is doing with Essien – getting results from him although he is even right-footed player. Ghanaian players are highly talented and can play anywhere in the field. Some of our current players started their career playing at different position from what they are playing today. Appiah should be innovative and NOT look for already-made.

  4. RAS ''AB'' says:

    yes, Ghanaba since akwasi appiah Ghana have never seen left fullback like Hans Adu sarpei,even everybody that they will call him to that position can not prove any expectation do, only he Adu sarpei show that he can do,and maybe we can say Isaac ASARE can also match it very well, in that matter apart from this guys
    no one has prove better stand in that position ,so the guy need to give respect in this factor!

  5. Chu says:

    Kissi accounted for chealsea conceding 5 goals in the champs league. he would have been called if he can fit it the role

  6. SNOW DEMON says:

    JOKER! ARTHUR IS EVEN BETTER. YOU ARE A LEAKAGE AND THUS WHY APPIAH WONT RISK YA THOUGH YOU R LEFT FOOTED. YOU R WASTE

  7. Kay says:

    Is Akwasi Appiah really and seriously looking for left-back?
    Waksso, Kwadwo Asamoah, Muntari and Dede can play at left back if the coach really insist. They track back to defend beautifully at the various clubs. If Appiah really want to win the AFCON he should learn from what Mourinho is doing with Essien – getting results from him although he is even right-footed player. Ghanaian players are highly talented and can play anywhere in the field. Some of our current players staredt their career playing at different position from what they are playing today. Appiah should be innovative and NOT look for already-made.

    • Robeen says:

      I hope Akwasi Appiah will read this comment, very insightful. We have the personnel for the job but the coaches kept on looking outside for the solution.
      You are right, all these players are great dribblers who could easily understand how strikers operate.
      Example: Wakaso at left back, Kwadwo at left defensive midfield with Dede at left wing. That area will be strong for any opposition to operate from.

    • Nii Kwatei says:

      C’mon you don’t play Stars like Kwadwo, Muntari as a left-back. That’s a waste of quality man. Let them do what they do best: dominate the midfield and score goals!

  8. Timo says:

    @jaja , I agree with u, at this moment David Addy is the choice he is playing every game for his current club as a left back, and is playing well, aware is also good but he is a midfielder, it is time Ghana plays players in their respective positions @ Kay,are u serious, stars like muntari, dede etc should not b moved as left back waste of quality they r midfielders and are best at that position

    • Kay says:

      Do you want Ghana to win the ultimate or just want your favorite players to play?
      If you are a proud Ghanaian then we should use experience in this AFCON not just anybody.
      If Muntari, Dede Kwadwo, Wakako and Atsu score thousand goals and we lose the game to thousand and one, what do we gain? NOTHING.

      • Randy says:

        You are right, with great midfielders and quality strikers, you still need experienced and quality defenders, otherwise we cannot win matches because when we score the opponent will score as well. You make a lot of sense.

  9. julius says:

    only two players can fill this position now. nana kwasi asare and richard kissi boateng.

  10. kobby james says:

    Jaja, you are right Kwadwo Asamoah is good to play the left-back.

  11. nyantakyi knows joshua otoo says:

    aaaaba ghanaians we must believe in our local players and give dem some kind of hope.As for me i dont see kissi boateng in top form dis season as he showed last season and his chanpions league was little weird but needs some kind of support.But as for me when u ask me the top leftback on form it joshua otoo of wa all stars and his crosses can really be of benefits to black stars if giving a debut callup ghanaians would see it.

  12. don carlos says:

    yes dat guy joshua otoo is a real complete player

  13. vote for joshua otoo says:

    i agree

  14. jo otoo no. 1 ghana leftback says:

    yes akwasi appiah dont be calling some kind of bench warmers in europe but rather market your upcoming localplayers like how brasilians do and nobody knows their formation and not remain on one team like how egypt got destroyed. I vote for dat player joshua otoo





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