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2014 World Cup: Albert Adomah's selection was based on merit, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insists

Published on: 14 May 2014
Albert Adomah made thd provisional Ghana squad for the 2014 World Cup

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has dismissed rumours his selection of Albert Adomah into his provisional World Cup squad is based on unexplained personal ties with the Middlesbrough winger.

The 26-year-old has been a regular feature in coach Appiah’s squad since making his tournament debut for the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Adomah made the provisional Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup which was announced on Monday.

Subtle rumours fast gaining grounds however suggests the ex Bristol City man is benefiting from undeserved call ups due to an unexplained personal relationship with the coach.

Appiah has however debunked these rumours, insisting his selection was purely based on merits.

“I don’t joke with my work and therefore I don’t bring my personal sentiments into my job,” he told Montie FM.

“We currently don’t have a natural winger in the Black Stars squad to bring in the needed crosses.

“He [Adomah] is the only player who operates effectively on the wings and brings in a lot of crosses. He does that constantly at his club.

“Sometimes he is the only option we have in certain systems and tactics we play because of his unique attributes.

“He is very quick on the wings and a good crosser of the ball. We don’t have such a quality in abundance in the team.

“He has not been getting enough opportunities of late because nowadays we play with two strikers but he remains a part of the team and as and when he is needed he will be called upon to play.”

Adomah played 42 games for Middlesbrough and scored 12 goals in the recently ended season in the English Championship.


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  • benny says:
    May 15, 2014 11:24 am
    Ross tee --your stupidity is beyond the sea. Uncough prick.. Your so called antoa will deal with you and your entire useless family until you are all finish.You believe in garbage, l don't fear anything. You know why your sister's are all prostitutes? You are all cursed. The ex-royal marine is fearless.Get lost you miserable villager. Tre kimi papa nasterbatre, cum mama sukusajtr.idiot.
  • Mike from Offinso says:
    May 15, 2014 09:23 am
    Demonlizarion of a good character. Mr Kwasi Appiah doesnt take no bribe. If he did where is john mensah .where is funny boy john pantsil . Where is SOlomon asante who everyone is calling for to be in the team. Solomon what. Aden? Young man Adoma has earned his place. Logically you can tell some of us are jealous or they want to chop his money. Let the boy be. Leave him alone. God will punish you all calling for him not to go.
  • Asem says:
    May 15, 2014 09:01 am
    Massa !! am even seeing Adomah on the flanks in our match against Portugal to help our full backs in defending against the "Ubiquitos"Ronaldo !! He's a direct player with no fancy display but solid work!!
  • Benny says:
    May 15, 2014 04:40 am
    Benito,you are nothing but a peace of shit.Bottomless fool.You and who is not discussing personalities.keep your pig ignorance in the bush wherever you are. I don't want Peggy,she is for Adomah neither do l want any of the whores in your degraded family.Geddo mama hum kum pussy-bastadia
  • ross tee says:
    May 15, 2014 05:20 am
    @ benny,Peggy is a happily married woman with a daughter,to ur notice Adomah don't even know her if u think what u r saying is true come out now or I m now giving u to Antoa to deal with u,our gud God go punish u nd ur entire family.jealousy go shame
  • maubs says:
    May 15, 2014 05:33 am
    oh my brothers and we wonder why we havent won anything in how long? as youngman apketeshie bar arguments stayed there and intelligent argument stayed the other way but it as if nowadays the former is dominating everywhere. if you followed the youngman's career, you know he was brilliant at bristol city and was coveted by many clubs but he chose borough where he has continued to improve. The key word is improved. some players being touted for bs if we face facts have not improved at that rate in how many years. So i will back AA on this one anytime and please world cup is a serious thing so dont demotivate or demonise young players or players born abroad. Make your point on basis of football. Anything else is an akpeteshie bar conversation. Go Adomah continue to improve and prove down pressers wrong. some of us love you and everyone called to defend mother ghana
  • Benny says:
    May 15, 2014 06:08 am
    Ghanaians never seems to amazed me.AA has given his explanation why he picked Adomah.Whether justified or not posterity will judge.Adomah's ties with AA is an open secret to those of us who are privy. For those of you who think unveiling any information is childish ,unnecessary etc.,be it known to you that AA is not invisible,he is employed by the GFA and his job is subject to code of practice.If AA no matter the ties with Adomah can justify his inclusion fine. However if he let his ties override his judgement then he has to be dealt with. Those of you guys living in Europe or the west in General knows every issue is investigated to creat fairness if it is in the public interest. In Ghana whatever happens,all you say,let's give it to God,thats why Rawlings after 20years of senseless killings is still running his mouth.It took exactly 20years to transform Singapore to what it is today meanwhile they no natural resources. Here in the UK,a PR guru Max Clifford is going to prison for indecent assault he committed 20 odd years.Ghanaians needs to open their eyes to realities.
  • Kingvasco says:
    May 15, 2014 06:23 am
    AA is a disgrace.adomah better than solomom asante,mahatma,jordan at the wings?ghana wil continue to fail .only those who uses their nose in watching games will pick many yrs in the championship ang coca cola.the gud players are in the Epl.TWEEEAA ADOMAH.
  • ophri jato says:
    May 15, 2014 06:53 am
    irts as if a section of our sports journallist have something against this player..did u hear the aaaahs when AA mentioned Adomah's name? Mediocre sports journalism always championing personal interests
  • Patansa says:
    May 15, 2014 07:03 am
    Stupid broadcasters trying to advocate this hardworking man. Tweeeea. Family or not. It does not need to be allowed to be broadcasted. I will cast a spell on the national team to loose all thier games and for montie fm to loose elecricity for 2 years.
  • Mumbi says:
    May 15, 2014 07:11 am
    So Peggy Appiah will also be on the plane going to Brazil as Adoma's sexual partner. AA is also taking Abedi Pele's wife as his concubine.
  • abu says:
    May 15, 2014 08:24 am
    mumbi how are u this morning? the way you follow ghana soccer shows how much you love the black stars and ghana as a country if you want to switch nationality and become ghanaian jux apply and let the appropriate authority to assess and evaluate your application whether it will be considered.LOL dont worry black stars will bring joy as usual to the entire africa including zambia ur current country.
  • Adebayo says:
    May 14, 2014 09:08 pm
    I think AA is right. The other possibilities may be there, but this Adomah guy is a good option to have. He scored 12 goals in the championship but his total output especially in defense was immense! He has more height than the average Black star player and this i useful in defending set pieces! If you are hungry and because it is only your in-law selling banku you don't want to buy, then you will die of hunger!
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 14, 2014 09:26 pm
    hahahahaah, ROFLMAO... no comment.. i will leave this issue to those who know more..LOL
  • Freddy says:
    May 14, 2014 09:59 pm
    Why are all the critics trying to take away adomahs hard work. He is going brazil whether you like it or not. Dr appiah needs to take him due to his hard work. Family member or not. Frankly this story is a disgrace. Love n peace from manchester. One love x
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    May 14, 2014 10:48 pm
    AA is bothering himself with all these explanations! He is the coach and is doing his work, he doesn't owe anyboby any explanation why he chose someone and left the other out! He shouldn't bother himself with all these questions and queries! Ghanaians talk too much, leave the coach alone to have his peace of mind to do his job haba!!!
  • Kumasi says:
    May 14, 2014 10:52 pm
    Montie fm you not serious paa. Aduma derseve to go.
  • Kumasi says:
    May 14, 2014 10:55 pm
    Give him sum merit fo the hard good /good work he has done at his club. Benny one must not believe that aduma n coach no oneself because it will be hard for eachother. You do not simply mix bussines with pleasure
  • Viper says:
    May 14, 2014 11:27 pm
    Shall we all give a standing ovation to Benny for revealing nothing but the truth,probably a noble peace prize for his relentless quest for truth and justice,well done Benny,more grease to your elbows,give it out for Benny one more time(Roll eyes)
  • Benito says:
    May 14, 2014 11:55 pm
    Benny you need to grow up,we are not discussing people,s personal matters here..whether adomah is servicing his daughter or not that's not anybody,s business.if it's true and adomah is playing well which we are all witnesses and is he is called up what's the big about this? Or you like Peggy?you are too local for me.?
  • Anokwale says:
    May 15, 2014 12:38 am
    I have been saying this all the time. He is the only natural right winger who can send in crosses. He may not be a dribbling wizard but we do not always need that. In fact, Adomah is also someone who can become a striker if necessary. I think he is more deserving than Jordan. Adomah has scored against Tunisia in a friendly and had an assist against DRC at the AFCON 2013. Not bad. If he just provides even one assist at WC that assist could be critical.
  • Benny says:
    May 14, 2014 08:38 pm
    Ghanaman l have only laid the facts.AA is in charge ,if Adomah is good enough for him,so be it.
  • Asem says:
    May 14, 2014 08:46 pm
    Sometimes;it' s silly when people claim to know all!a watchman cannot change his work and become somebody?The coach of Cape Verde was a traffic controller on the tarmac but he's somebody now,a national hero!! Adomah merits his place in the first 14!! and on merit too!! so whether he's a kin to the coach or not we have to give him the due respect,aaba!!cause he has the stats to back him and as a winger!!
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 14, 2014 08:47 pm
    Benny,the truth ooo..the truth ooo..the truth ooo..well said!
  • Dee says:
    May 14, 2014 07:36 pm
    Ghanaians are really funny. This guy has been exceptional since he made the switch to Middlesbrough, yet we think his call up is based on sentiments rather than merit. Adomah absolutely deserves an opportunity to prove whether he is worthy to make the 23 man squad or not.
  • Benny says:
    May 14, 2014 07:46 pm
    The truth is coming out.Adomah used to give AA lift when AA was a security man at Clapham common. Adomah is also servicing Peggy ,AA's daughter.It is true Adomah is the only natural winger in the squad but other agents play serious part in his inclusion,just like Dauda paying his way into the squad ..........." a smooth criminal
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 14, 2014 07:52 pm
    GHana paa. This boy is good enough for the 23 man squad for brasil. 1. The coach and people of football world knows he is the only rightfoot winger in the team. Good crosses 1. He has done well for middlesbrough .top scorer. 3. The english championship is no joke chale. Most of our locals wont survive in there. 4. This chap is 26 years old. His real age. English born and bread. 5. He done ok at the afcon. 1 assist. I can go on and on. But we should be ashamed of outself us ghanains. Foolish journalist. I dont like they way they treat the young boys in the team.
  • Qpr4life says:
    May 14, 2014 08:03 pm
    I'm a Ghanain who lives in london. My passion for football is too much. This guy derserves to be on the plane without a doubt. Benny your accusations are wild. Lol i ve seen most of your comments on here. And all i can do is laugh, leave the players alone. Fatu is a great keeper for the team. We need a tiger in the post not a lil mouse.
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 14, 2014 08:13 pm
    Benny paa. Are you serious? He only a few who i font have a problem with going there. The friendly against tunisia he had his chance. Can on and assisted the king Gyan. And scored one.
  • Rashid says:
    May 14, 2014 08:28 pm
  • Benito says:
    May 15, 2014 05:00 pm
    We will wdescend on you Benny if you don't stop your stupid comments about the coach and his private life.bush boy!!!!
  • Jason says:
    May 15, 2014 04:50 pm
    @benny state your address and your fool name if you brave. Im sick n tired of your dumb comments. You wasteman. You r one of them ghanains with no papers. Illegal immigrant. I will find you one day. Your name best not be benny benson. Coz i got my young gs on your case. I will let them sugar cane boys deal with your mum. Real yardies.
  • wee ba says:
    May 15, 2014 02:50 pm
    guys ignore benny he is one of those fools,bleached face idiot.i would have exchange you with dog if i were your father
  • benito says:
    May 15, 2014 12:00 pm
    Benny if I were you I will shut my ass,this Peggy girl dumped you and again you don't have your papers,you are full of crap,uncivilized.!!
  • ross tee says:
    May 15, 2014 12:29 pm
    @ benny if u r bold enough come out with ur number and address nd I will b there with Peggy nd her family for u to know how stupid u r.useless idiot I leave u to river Antoa.