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2014 World Cup: Anthony Annan, John Mensah set to join Ghana squad - Black Stars coach visited duo

Published on: 12 April 2014
Anthony Annan was visited by the Ghana coach at Schalke last week

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah visited long-term absentees John Mensah and Anthony Annan showing that he is considering the duo in his final squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars boss has been touring Europe monitoring key players for the World Cup but it has now emerged that he visited the two players in their bases in Slovakia and Germany respectively.

Annan has not played for the Black Stars since the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa but he is reviving himself at Schalke as he has played some few matches for the German side.

Mensah is also reviving his career with Nitra FC as he has struggled to gain his fitness since playing for the Black Stars at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

"The coach visited the likes of Anthony Annan and John Mensah at their clubs to talk to officials and the players about a lot of things to be sure all areas are covered," Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi told Montie FM on Saturday morning.

Annan and Mensah could make the final squad if they maintain their fitness with Ghana set to name their preliminary squad by 13 May.

Ghana will play United States, Germany and Portugal in the Group of Death at the tournament in Brazil in June.


  • lolvsfunny says:
    April 12, 2014 05:19 pm
    I suggest that the coach rather concentrate on the following talented players Asamoah Gyan Jordan Waris RBY (Elvis Manu)The guy who wants to play for Ghana KPB KASA Dede Essien Muntari David Accum Atsu Wakaso Adoma Agyeman Badu Eghan Acheampong Assifua Clifford Aboakye Jonathan Mensah John Boye Opare Afful Akaminko John Paintsil Kwarasey Stephen Adams Duada
  • Paul says:
    April 12, 2014 03:43 pm
    In fact. If these two players are not fully fit then they have nothing doing in the team because we need fully fit and ready players to do the job. The players are professionals they dont need to see John mensah before they can play well. Our players are doing well in europe with the same players they will be facing at the world cup so why the fear. No injury prone players for Ghana period.
  • Ken says:
    April 12, 2014 03:03 pm
    Nothing can replace an experience. There are great strikers in Ghana's group, any inexperience defending will cost us many cards, free-kicks and penalties. You remember Jonathan Mensah against USA, Akaminko against DRC and Sumaila against Egypt?
  • selfmade says:
    April 12, 2014 01:06 pm
    How ll his inclusion spell doom for the team? How?
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 12, 2014 01:44 pm
    oh, please ask again. i argued with you a while back on john mensah, but sometimes just the mere presence of certain players and their experience energizes a team... they don't have to start... after all, who will they depose in the current setup?
  • The truth says:
    April 12, 2014 12:57 pm
    I agree with the coach on their inclusion. They don't have to play but their presence is needed especially for their experience and leadership. Vorsah will be included soon enough to pair with boye.
  • King of Kings says:
    April 12, 2014 08:19 pm
    What is Annan going to do at the world cup? ahahaha.Our midfield is already choked.
  • lolvsfunny says:
    April 12, 2014 05:29 pm
    If that is the case, then why don't we rather include players that we can use to our advantage to create varying formations and tactics to confuse our opponents
  • lolvsfunny says:
    April 12, 2014 05:40 pm
    I thought it was a joke when at times people complain of the their comments being deleted. This is bad and must be stopped. You are just making your site unpopular.
  • WATATAMAN says:
    April 12, 2014 10:56 am
    John Mensah is a stalwart player but has lost form long time ago. Though he has some experience I strongly believe his inclusion will be a doom for the stars. What we need in the defense is height, strength and discipline. If there is one player I would miss in this tournament, it's Isaac Vorsah. I don't know his fitness level but we need his height. Other than that, the coach should go after our stalwart defender from the local black star team. Who excel in the local African cup of Nations. Anthony Annan's behavior on the pitch is a no go area. That bring to my attention, our players attitude on the field. In order to win referees and linesmen heart, they have to endure pain and be respectful. No throwing of shoulders and insults to such officials. In such tournaments those officials can help you loose games. So our technical team should train our boys to fully respect those officials and that will take us places.
  • Boro says:
    April 12, 2014 10:22 am
    This will be catastrophique if the duo are able to make the squad because i wonder what extraordinary form these two will be able to pull in this few months to merit call up into the BS. Annan has lack playing time for over a year and have lost his form drastically and John mensah on the other hand in my opinion i will say is no go area. As AA himself has said, he does not want to discriminate i guess that is why he visited but it is not to say he wants to call them. Call them to where and for what?
  • dangerous says:
    April 13, 2014 11:02 am
    What about Balatolli?
  • sted says:
    April 22, 2014 12:36 pm
    Asamoah Gyan Jordan Waris K. Asamoah KPB Dede Essien Muntari Acheampong C. Atsu A. Annan Badu Schlupp Jonathan Mensah John Boye Opare Afful Akaminko Vorsah Addy Kwarasey Stephen Adams