2014 World Cup: Arhinful confident fringe players abroad will shine in Brazil

Published on: 4 years ago
2014 World Cup: Arhinful confident fringe players abroad will shine in Brazil

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ex-Ghana international Augustine Arhinful says Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah should not be bothered by the lack first time action for his World Cup-bound players.

He believes those fringe foreign-based players will come good when the tournament kick-starts this June in Brazil.

First choice goalkeeper Fatau Dauda has struggled to get a look in at South African side Orlando pirates.

Udinese’s Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, AC Milan duo Micheal Essien and Sulley Muntari have had irregular playing times.

Defender Jonathan Mensah is down the pecking order at French side Evian TG since returning from a card related suspension in February.

"Every player of course desires to playing week in and week out. That’s what makes the job fun," Arhinful told GHANASoccernet.com

"There are times that you don't get playing time at club level but once you are given a call up at national level you want to send a statement to your coach that you don't deserve to be on the bench.

"I will give you an example Arbeloa hardly gets a look in at Real Madrid but if fit, his national team coach prefers him to the others who play week in week out.

"We at this point need to play our individual roles and believe in the team the coach will name that is the spirit of Ghanaian and that is what has brought us this fair in football."

Ghana will announce a provisional 30-man squad for the tournament on 12 May.

The Black Stars will take on U.S in Natal on 16 June before taking on Germany and Portugal.


  • Benny
    says: 4 years ago
    Lots of our ex-footballers talk a loads of crap.How do you judge a players readiness,sharpeners and focus.Arhinful in effect asking AA to pick by name.Dauda is seeing no playing time ,Emmanuel Frimpong is an online fanatic and you them included in the squad to Brazil? I am not surprised John Mensah,Olele,Pansil have suddenly gotten clubs with the World Cup looming. England at this moment is not better than the Black Stars but getting selected to play for the three lions will depend on your club appearance and so are all the top national teams.Every rusty player thinks they have the bonafide right to play in the black stars.Its a joke.We don't need any 100% bench warmers in the team?Anybody call up should be someone getting some playing time.Dauda out,Emmanuel Frimpong no chance.
  • Assemblyman
    says: 4 years ago
    Yeah maybe you are right Mr.Arhinful.But tell me how Fatau Dauda can cope with shots from quality " soccer Gods" like Ronaldo,Muller or Ozil? When can't stop inferior players in South Africa ? Am not sure of whether you watch the SAPL like I do when I get a chances .else you will advise against sending Fatau to Brazil .if you don't know what am talking about am sure Alhaji Lepowura Dr MND Juwula could advise you over fatau's subject.He was in the stands without jersey when our former GFA chairman went to commission a game between pirates and another club wai..such materials are unwanted in Brazil
  • Ghanaman
    says: 4 years ago
    Dauda still remains the best and Ghana needs him to man the posts.