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2014 World Cup: FIVE lucky players to gatecrash Ghana’s squad

Published on: 12 May 2014
David Accam is in great form for Helsingborg assesses the chances of FIVE players who could be lucky enough to make Ghana's squad for the 2014 World Cup ahead of the official announcement by coach Kwesi Appiah.

David Accam

Purely on current form, the 23-year-old perhaps deserves a place in the Black Stars squad for the World Cup following his explosive start to the season at Swedish club Helsingborg.

The Right to Dream Academy graduate has hit five goals from eight games in the league and has been vital for the side’s progress to the Cup finals where Elfsborg awaits.

Accam’s relative inexperience with the Ghana team having been invited once but yet to make his debut however hurts his chances.

He is also competing with crack players for limited positions in attack.

Afriyie Acquah has been simply impressive for Parma this season

Afriyie Acquah

Could have easily made the squad but for the position he plays in, midfield – Ghana’s strongest area.

Having to come up against sure bets Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah and Rabiu Mohammed is asking a lot of the 22-year-old who has impressed on loan at Italian club Parma.

Jefferey Sclupp in goal celebration

Jefferey Schlupp

Some has considered him the answer to Ghana’s problematic left-back slot but is he really the ‘Messiah’?

Once a striker now converted into a left-back, Schlupp’s pace and power has been key for Leicester City in their promotion to the English top flight as winners of thw Championship.

Perhaps his star has come too late in the day but don’t be too surprised to find him in the squad especially after catching the eye of the Black Stars technical team to merit a direct monitoring.

Razak Brimah waiting in the wings to hijack a place in the Black Stars squad

Razak Brimah

He has all the physical attributes to be a good goalkeeper for Ghana. His debut for the Black Stars against Turkey is highly memorable after providing an assist off a quick release with his hands across 40 yards for Asamoah Gyan to score.

His subsequent games for Ghana weren’t that convincing but still in with a chance of making the squad but will be considered one of the lucky ones.

Ebenezer Assifuah

Ebenezer Assifuah

Unlike four years ago where there was a wholesale of players promoted from the victorious 2009 U20 squad, the recent crop has found it extremely difficult to break into the Black Stars squad this time around.

The 20-year-old has however started scoring for Sion in the Swiss League and therefore could profit from the emergence of his good form.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • isaac mensah says:
    May 12, 2014 08:25 am
    Assifuah should be added to squad
  • Samedge says:
    May 12, 2014 08:37 am
    Frankly speaking David Accam deserves to be called.
  • Ogyam says:
    May 12, 2014 08:38 am
    Lies and deceit by design...bribery and corruption...cronyism and nepotism.A lawyer turned football man,An unschooled coach of suspicious selection style... Oh, Ghana, you will continue to suffer this fate
  • malik says:
    May 12, 2014 08:41 am
    ogyam hmmmm, you supposed journalists should stop campaigning for any player.
  • maubs says:
    May 12, 2014 09:07 am
    I believe the criteria should be who brings what to the team? who can change what for the team based on what occured in some of the friendly games and afcon tournaments, who can partner certain key men better?, who brings physical presence in the absence of this and that. When we have reached semi final we have not even been able to win third place against teams we have already beat earlier in the tournament so who has the stamina, hunger in belly and never say die attitude and can make a difference? i believe height and physical presence in key areas, pace to move the ball quickly upfield, team worker with an eye for a goal, if players are of similar quality then stastistics how much grounds they cover, tackles made and won etc should be the basis for deciding and not personality. So the players who miss out i hope AA would show them such sats and may be they will go and improve on it and get even better and not feel otherwise about their non call up. Am a fan of accam and schlupp but it does not mean the others are no good or that it is neccessary to dis jordan, assifuah etc like some do on here. Unity is strenght. bless
  • idiami says:
    May 12, 2014 09:47 am
    seafo) u always campaign why?leave the coach alone
  • wilson says:
    May 12, 2014 08:10 am
    i feel sick if muntari is being considered as a deep lying midfielder. its better muntari is reverted back to the wings and altinated with the likes of andre. we need a player like afriyie acquah in the heart of midfield to compliment essien. i don't buy the deployment of essien & muntari in midfield.
  • He-goat says:
    May 12, 2014 08:11 am
    Sweet players. they should way for their time after the world cup.
  • Helsingborg says:
    May 12, 2014 02:18 pm
    David Accam has been really good during his spell in Helsingborg so far but it might be too early for him to get in a World Cup-squad at the moment with no international games experience. However, he would with out a doubt be an ace up your sleeve and great to get on the pitch around 70th minute when the oppositions defence have been tired. Accams speed is something special and the pace he can keep with the ball I would say there is not even a handfull defenders in the World Cup that can keep up with!