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2014 World Cup: Controversial Alhaji Gruzah heaps praise on Ghana coach for formidable squad

Published on: 12 May 2014
Alhaji Karim Gruzahl

King Faisal president Alhaji Karim Gruzah has praised Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah for naming what he describes as a ‘formidable’ pre-World Cup squad.

Appiah made three surprise calls in Jeff Schlupp, David Accam and promising youngster Afriyie Acquah in his 26-man squad for next month’s tournament in Brazil.

Veteran campaigners John Mensah and Anthony Annan were casualties after being heavily tipped to make a return to the team after months of absence.

Gruzah says the decision to include only active players shows the ex-Ghana captain a lot of guts and deserves commendation.

“The squad is very good and couldn’t have been any better,” Grusah told

“This is the best we have in our country and he couldn’t have been more spot on. My advice to the media is to be unbiased and throw their support behind the coach so we all have the success we desire.

“I have been hugely pressed by his decision to call up this squad and the team I must say looks a formidable one.”

Ghana will now play a friendly game with a locally assembled side on 23 May before they emplane to Rotterdam or a residential camping.

The Black Stars will face Holland on 31 May and will next to the United States the next day to continue preparations.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • benito says:
    May 13, 2014 12:12 am
    Anyone who wants essien dropped don't know football..essien is lackin pace,we all agree to that but you can't underestimate his vast experience in the game which would be crucial in the WC.
  • nana says:
    May 13, 2014 12:46 am
    Who said should be dropped,yes boss you don't have soccer eye to read a game tweaaa! Essien confidence brings stability acourage despite his diminishing pace, he is one of the best, the midfield general
  • Johnny says:
    May 13, 2014 01:09 am
    Keep Essien as well as Acquah in the midfield. Safe and fair drop: Jordan, Adomah, Wakaso/Inkoom/Sumaila. Pleeease keep Accam!
  • Askantwi says:
    May 12, 2014 07:59 pm
    Well, if Grunsah say so, then that's good.
  • benny says:
    May 12, 2014 08:00 pm
    The squad is a balanced one.Whoever criticises will be doing so for the sake of it. I wanted to see Dauda and Essien dropped but the there is not any better alternative. AA has picked the best out there. He should however drop the three fairly, possibly, Jordan, Adomah and Essien.