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2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana star Barnes unhappy with Mensah, Pantsil exclusion

Published on: 14 May 2014
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By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana defender Sebastian Barnes is disappointed with the decision to leave out defensive duo John Mensah and John Pantsil from the country’s provisional World Cup squad.

The two experienced players were overlooked for the more youthful Jonathan Mensah and Daniel Opare.

Campaigns to have Mensah especially included had been immense but the Ghanaian trainer decided against including the injury-prone centre-back in his team.

However, Barnes, who is the team youth coach at the German side is unimpressed with the decision.

“I think our defence, we need the two experienced guys - John Mensah and John Paintsil,” Barnes told Goal Ghana.

“ In the midfield Antony Annan should have been included, although they don’t feature in their clubs their experience and push up would have helped.

“All the same the squad is not bad and much will depend on the defenders, with the midfield and attack there is not much problem. We can go far in Brazil.”



  • Felix says:
    May 15, 2014 08:35 am
    Benito u got my respect
  • Benito says:
    May 15, 2014 12:22 am
    Afrikaba ,thanks for the reminder and sorry for my comments.
  • benny says:
    May 14, 2014 06:39 pm
    You can clearly see the difference between the likes of Tony Yegoalla, Abedi and the illiterate chaffs like Barnes, Arhinful, Osei Kuffour and Addo. They speak as if they have no brain.Even Ashley Cole and Carrick has been sidelined by Roy Huchson yet l have not heard any X-player making silly comments about why they are sidelined here in the UK. Painstil is passed it, John Mensah is a chronically injured player and you expect them to be included. ESSIEN should have been sidelined as well. We don't want any dinosaurs.
  • Kobla Black Star says:
    May 14, 2014 03:32 pm
    Barnes, please come again. ...The 90's called they said they want their Barnes back... lol. We're all okay with the selection. That's the best there is.
  • Benito says:
    May 14, 2014 04:15 pm
    Mr.Barnes those days of "fr3 fr3 kobo"are over,these guys have paid their dues and we pretty much appreciate their services to mother Ghana,let's give chance to the up n coming ones to show them they can also do it..but was Barnes a defender! Ei this 2 by 4 reporting is not helping oo.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    May 14, 2014 04:50 pm
    Yes Barnes was a defender, right full back when ghana won the u17 for the first time. Leverkusen tried to turn him into number 10 bcos he was very skillful but that was the end of his career.