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2014 World Cup: Ex-BA Stars chief Takyi Arhin questions exclusion of local players

Published on: 14 May 2014
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By Emmanuel Baah-Aboagye, Dunkwa-On-Offin

Controversial football administrator Takyi Arhin has lashed out at Kwesi Appiah for including only one local player in his provisional 26-man World Cup squad. 

Takyi Arhin, a  known critic of the Kwesi Nyantakyi-led administration, thinks that though that is the best that Coach Kwasi Appiah can parade, it has opened the lid on the true state of the country’s Premier League.

“Looking at the 26-man provisional squad, I think that this is the best that Kwasi Appiah can assemble but my only concern has to do with the seeming disregard for the local players at a time that the FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi has described our league as the best in Africa," he told Dunkwa-On-Offin-based  Solar FM

"It beats my imagination as to why only Stephen Adams was the only local player called up. It really means that the league is not the best after all as the FA President wants us to believe.

“Having watched the just-ended CHAN Championships that was held in South Africa, I think that players like Abeiku Ainooson, Kwabena Adusei, Nuru Sulley and by extension, Augustine Okrah, would have been fantastic additions”, he asserted.

“Apart from that, FIFA has set aside $700m to be disbursed to clubs that contribute players to the World Cup so it behooved on the powers that be, to meet with the coach and draw up a national policy to include at least five local players so that we could get enough to improve the financial base of our league and our clubs in a move to compliment sponsors’ efforts and also to encourage and motivate our local stars to stay and make the league strong”.

Ghana will play two international friendly games against South Korea and the Netherlands before they fly out to Brazil for the tournament.


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  • spellBOUND says:
    May 14, 2014 10:51 am
    I really hope this clown is joking with these statements... i'm sorry mr. Arhin that your family members and those players that you collected funds from to lobby on their behalf were excluded from call up..aaaaaaaahhhh, ghanians are unbelievable. wtf do u want? there's no win with them/us..... if AA had selected 4 or 5 local based players, people would have been criticizing him for selecting inexperienced players.. so because only 1 player was selected from the local league means the league isn't as strong??? listen to what you're saying... what ignorant sentiments.. anyway, the goal is to do well at the mundial, not to send wack players in order to collect fifa you can turn around and pocket..... i've always critiqued AA for his tactics or for lack there of, but his 26 man call up was on point.
  • benny says:
    May 14, 2014 11:29 am
    spellBOUND you have given that idiot the right accolade.'' Clown''. If Arhin thinks AA has pick the right team, why complain about local players. He is a typical example of a fifty year old with a two year brain . pathological fool.
  • Quame says:
    May 14, 2014 11:29 am
    Come ooon people! will you leave this coach alone to do his job. First a certain Alhaji wants foreign coach to help AA and then one Arhin is asking for local players to be taken to Brazil. So now which one should we do?. Foreign handling local players? I guess Grusah and Arhin should put on their playings kits and go and represent Ghana. For once lets just support whoever has been chosen to represent our country. Abaaaah