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2014 World Cup: "I did not favour foreign-based players''- Ghana coach Appiah

Published on: 13 May 2014
Kwesi Appiah

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter; @iamrahmanosman

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he did not favour foreign-based players in naming his preliminary FIFA 2014 World Cup squad.

Appiah has suffered a thinly veiled attack for overlooking players from the Ghana Premier League.

Aduana Stars goalkeeper Stephen Adams was the only home-based player who was included in the provisional 26-man squad.

Critics say the ex-Ghana international could have handed more slots to stars performers in the top-flight.

Chairman of the Premier League Board Welbeck Abra-Appiah was the first to comment on the matter.

But Appiah insists his team selection had nothing to do with where players plied their trade.

“I selected the team looking for players who can deliver for the country but not on if you play in Ghana or you play abroad,” Appiah told Accra-based Asempa FM

“I sent about six to seven of the local guys to the last AFCON and I have seriously considered them but unfortunately most of the fell short of our target.

“I have not for once looked down on any player in the domestic league but this particular battle had most of them not making the cut.”

Ghana will take on Holland in their first pre-World Cup friendly on 31 May before wrapping up their preparations with another friendly against South Korea.

The Black Stars open their World Cup campaign against the USA on 16 June in Natal.


  • Mumbi says:
    May 13, 2014 11:40 am
    Then how come the trio of Mary Appiah, Patricia Asamoah & Rebecca Boateng are all missing out from your squad?
  • sticky straw says:
    May 13, 2014 06:04 pm
    Toy local coaches how come Samuel inkoom should be in the list the same applies to rashid sumaila and edward kpodo I will even stick my neck for edward kpodo ahead of john Boye because boye has lost his form
  • Don Dominic says:
    May 13, 2014 04:23 pm
    ei u this mumbi guy, you actually talk like mumu.
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 13, 2014 12:18 pm
    lol. u this HE-GOAT!!! Anyway, the only ones complaining of these call ups are family members of the players not called. nkwasiasem...the needs of the many outweigh that of the few.... the glory of Ghana comes before bitter individualistic families... I've not been the biggest proponent of AA, but this time, he did not disappoint... his tactics on the other hand are a different matter...but we pray for success and hope for the best...
  • Stanford says:
    May 13, 2014 01:33 pm
    at one out field player should have make the Sulley
  • Better Black Stars Agenda says:
    May 13, 2014 02:18 pm
    Dr. do not mind loser Welbeck Abra-Appiah. He is a loser. His inefficiency has been exposed. None of the players in the league that h is in charge could not make it to the Black Stars team. He is supervising a league of poor officiating, coaching, playing and patronizing.
  • asare says:
    May 13, 2014 02:41 pm
    coach you are lying. You have broken the spirit of the local players. You have failed the local players and league big time.