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Your Final 2014 Ghana World Cup squad - Find out which player is on the flight to Rio

Posted On Friday, 17th January 2014
Felix Aboagye's Final 23 Man squad for Rio - Image Source: Akyereko Frimpong

Felix Aboagye’s Final 23 Man squad for Rio – Image Source: Akyereko Frimpong

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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When GHANAsoccernet.com’s Akyereko Frimpong Manson went to meet former Ghana international forward Felix Aboagye, the Al Ahli legend selected his final 23-man squad for Rio coming June.

Find out who made his squad as he made surprise inclusions and sent only two strikers to go out and face Portugal and Germany.

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda, Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Agyei
Reason: Aboagye feels Dauda and Kwarasey deserve automatic places due to their consistency in the team over the period. Despite Dauda’s inactivity at Orlando Pirates, he thinks the former AshGold man should be on the plane to Rio. Kwarasey, according to him, could also come in good with his European experience after captaining his club to win the Norwegian league title and being around in the national team for some time. He wasn’t too sure about Agyei but picked him ahead of Razak Brimah, Foli Adadd, Isaac Amoako and Stephen Adams. He says Richard Kingson’s recall could spark public agitation and there is no need taking him to Brazil no matter his performance for his new club in Turkey.

Felix Aboagye on the drawing board as he lines up his men for 2014 World Cup

Felix Aboagye on the drawing board as he lines up his men for 2014 World Cup

Defenders: Awal Mohammed, Lee Addy, David Addy are told to hang on for Russia 2018 while he welcomes back Isaac Vorsah from a long injury spell.
Here’s his picks. It’s the usual names but Rashid Sumaila earns a place due following his performance in the play-offs against Egypt.
Harrison Afful, Daniel Opare, Samuel Inkoom, Jerry Akaminko, Jonathan Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, John Boye, Rashid Sumaila.
A clubless John Mensah will retire without having a feel of a third World Cup. According to the Felix.
Other players considered. Davidson Drobo-Ampem, Richard Kissi-Boateng, Baba Rahman Abdul, Nana Akwasi Asare.

Midfielders

Derek Boateng is on the plane but Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Frimpong and Solomon Asante who have featured prominently in Kwesi Appiah’s plans are dropped.

Hopefuls Samuel Afum, Ishmael Yartey, Frank Acheampong, Shadrach Eghan, Bennard Kumordzi, Afriyie Acquah and Anthony Annan are all told to wait for their luck.

Here’s his real midfielders for the job and his justification.

Michael Essien, Derek Boateng, Rabiu Mohammed, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Wakaso Mubarak, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu.

Essien’s experience speaks for his inclusion while Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng are considered big players who must play in Brazil. Andre Ayew’s pedigree is big and it would be disastrous to miss him at the WC.

Agyemang-Badu, Wakaso Mubarak and Christian Atsu have worked for their places in the team.

Rabiu deputized well for Essien during his absence and his form in the early stages of the qualifiers was good enough. He was commanding a first team place at Kuban Krasnodar before his injury.

THE DEREK REASON: the Fulham man heading to Watford has got enough experience under his belt and commands a lot of respect in the team. Seen as a leader, he inspires up and coming players in the team.
“He will regain form at Watford.”

Other players considered: Yussif Chibsah, Alfred Duncan, Kwame Quansah and Edwin Gyimah.

Forward
Only Abdul Waris and Asamoah Gyan are the typical outfield frontmen for the job.

No debut WC appearance for Jordan Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah, Mahatma Otoo and Seidu Bancey won’t have a space.

For more debate, he picked his preferable starters

Fatau Dauda – Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Isaac Vorsah, Akaminko – Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari – Asamoah Gyan

Formation: 4-2-3-1

What do you make of FELIX ABOAGYE’s selection. Do you agree with the players he has in his squad?

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. RichieB-USA says:

    Looks good and solid. Should take us far.

  2. Draman Appiah says:

    Add Abedi Pele to that squad. That old APE has experience + juju though his not in good terms with Akwesi Appiah who was fucking his wife.

  3. Rasky says:

    Not encouraging…….we need john mensah n akaminko cant start ahead of boye n jonathan….

  4. Lipo Hungary says:

    Goalkeeperes:
    Kingson, Agyei, Dauda
    Defenders:
    Harrison Afful, Daniel Opare, Samuel Inkoom, Jerry Akaminko, Jonathan Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, John Boye,Lee Addy, David Addy
    Midfielders:
    Michael Essien, Anthony Annan, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Wakaso Mubarak, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu.
    Forward:
    Asamoah Gyan, Jordan Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah

    I know, that is 24, not 23…. I could not decide of dropping Jo Ayew or Adiyiah…

  5. Draman Appiah says:

    Add Abedi Pele to that squad. That old APE has experience + juju though his not in good terms with Akwesi Appiah who was fucking his wife and made her pregnant but aborted the pregnancy to save her marriege with ape Abed Pele.

  6. JAL says:

    Draman Appiah, why all these. please stop it. let the pass belong to the pass

  7. Assemblyman says:

    Anthony Annan is important when he has enough playing time at his club level.An absolute hard working midfielder.For Wakaso,I think he should work hard after missing first team action at club level.His confidence was in doubt at some point during national team assignments.After he moved from Espanyol to milk money in Russia.He still needs to work hard,I guess.
    Mr.Lion Fatau Dauda,I will say hmm!

  8. kuukuphilly says:

    Derek boating don’t need to be in brazil,hes lost it.

  9. musa says:

    U call strikers and ignore boakye yiadom.. A player who is playing in the Spanish la liga. Re you guyz serious at all

    • Assemblyman says:

      This is something to think twice about oo…At least we are going to see a stiff competition with regards to who or which striker makes it to Brazil.Asamoah Gyan’s place is cemented.Hmm,who joins him!!!

  10. musa says:

    U call strikers name and you ignore boakye yiadom. A playing who is doing well in the Spanish la liga. Are you guyz serious at all

  11. Jumala says:

    Derek Boateng???????????????

  12. nhyira says:

    are this wingers better than Quincy owusu Abeyie ?

    • Quincy among EA Sports 5star skill players says:

      Boss if Akwasi Appiah want to take any player who is not playing regularly in his club, it should be Quincy. Im sad he’s not managed his career properly but to me he’s still the best player ghana has in terms of players who can unlock defence.

  13. fabs says:

    Boakye Yiadom deserves to be included. Anthony Annan over Derrick Boateng ALL DAY,if he gets regular playing time. Derrick is wasting space for more deserving players.

    As for the 1st 11 ….Dauda against Germany and Portugal…really?! You think Ronaldo, Draxler, Ozil et al are AFCON players…joker.

  14. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Only 2 recognized strikers? Is this fella serious at all? Also what the fuck is Derek Boateng doing in the list? I’ll pick Frimpong ahead of him on any given day, also Kumodzi is another good alternative. There are 4 slots for the strikers position and they are Gyan, Waris, RBY. The likes of Jordan, Affum, Assifuah & Mahatma will have to fight for the final slot. Jordan in particular really needs to work a lot more harder, his goal scoring ratio is kinda poor. However I wont be surprised at all if Affum or Assifuah gatecrash the final squad for the WC cuz the two have been doing very well in the Swiss Super League. My darling boy Mahatma has to be prove himself in the Norwegian tippeligaen by banging in the goals, that will be certainly help his course. As for Adiyiah, hmmmmmm no comments at all.

  15. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Also we need to take a second look at medicore players like Afful, Inkoom, Sumaila & even Dauda. They are all far from been WC materials, in other to do very well on such a big stage as the WC you need top-notch players. Players that play at the highest level and with the temperament for big games. Also Opare has to convince Ghanaians by translating his club form in the national colours, he’s still a good player on a very good day. He just needs a couple of good games and he’ll do just fine.

  16. BX, NYC says:

    Anthony Annan is vital to the WC squad. When he gets a little playing time at club level – only defensive midfielder better than him is Essien.

  17. sam says:

    Afful has to be dropped, and bring in nana akwesi asare.
    wow really Derek boaten.

  18. Vee says:

    Bad squad what about RYB? No natural left bak? What a joke? This is the World Cup oo, not AFCON, we need players that play regular against some of our opponents. I don’t blame mr Felix, he never achieved much in his playing career so he settles for mediocre.. Please Mr Felix just spare us from ur visionless opinions

  19. Franciel says:

    Gyan’s far better when assisted and too many midfielders so KPB as forward in 4-4-2
    - GK : Dauda, Kwarasey, Agyei
    - L/R : Opare, Inkoom, Afful, Addy
    - Central : Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Vorsah, Akaminko
    - Def. Mid : Essien, Muntari, A.Badu, D.Boateng
    - Off. Mid : Asamoah, A. Ayew, Atsu, Wakaso
    - Fw: Gyan, Waris, K.P.Boateng, Boakye

  20. Anokwale says:

    Sorry but he might have to drop Derek Boateng so Boakye-Yiadom can come on board.

  21. Dominic says:

    its a good selection and i think it will be a very close one. I cant think of ny other player to replace ony of them but i konw that there will surely be some changes but bet you not more than five.





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