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2014 World Cup: Ghana boss Appiah faces injury D-Day as plans could be wrecked

Published on: 11 May 2014
Kwesi Appiah is anxious over ,atches to played on Sunday as there could be injuries

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will be a keen onlooker as he waits to discover if Sunday's matches for Ghanaian players in Europe will add to his growing fitness concerns ahead of the naming of the Black Stars squad for the World Cup.

The Black Stars manager faces an anxious few hours on Sunday when his World Cup plans could be wrecked if any of his players in action in Europe are injured.

The Ghana manager will unveil his 30-man provisional squad in Accra on Monday with most of the squad expected to be dominated by Europe-based players.

But first Appiah will be an impotent onlooker as he waits to discover if the European League fixtures adds to his growing injury concerns.

Appiah, who already expects to be without John Mensah, also has injury doubts over Isaac Vorsah, and a few others who are just recovering from injury.

Several Ghanaian players in the purview of the squad are in action on Sunday with Derek Boateng's Fulham taking on Crystal Palace in England.

Players like Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Afriyie Acquah in the Italian top-flight on Sunday while dark horse Fatau Moahmmed will play in the Spanish top-flight match for Gradana.

Daniel Opare could be action for Standard Liege in their match against Club Brugge in Belgium while Frank Acheampong could play for Anderlecht in their Belgian top flight league.

Baba Raham is in action for Greuther Fürth in their German second tier match against Sandhausen while Adama Kwarasey will be in action for Stromsgodset in their match against Molde in Norway. Several other are in action in Switzerland, Portugal and Norway.

If Appiah loses any more, it will leave him struggling to fill the 30-man roster.

He plans to stay up late in the night to go through his medical reports on all the injured and doubtful players before making up his mind on his 30 players for Brazil.

It will only be then, when he has studied the latest updates, that the Ghana boss will confirm the names that will be unveiled at 12:30pm at a press conference.

But before he heads for the GFA headquarters on Monday morning, Appiah will begin the most difficult task of calling those left out to give them the bad news.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • 9ja Th African champs says:
    May 11, 2014 07:51 pm
  • A cool Guy says:
    May 11, 2014 07:29 pm
    Ghanson or what you call yourself..Why your mouth is like pepper? Half fit John Mensah is better than some of the new players. John Mensah has not disappointed the Black Stars before club or no club...Ghanson show me one match Mensah flopped? 30 or 45 mins on the field Mensah will score
  • jahova say says:
    May 11, 2014 07:24 pm
    my selections, 1kwarasey,2 afful 3 jeff 4 akami 5 boye 6 aqua 7atsu 8 k, asam 9 gyan 10 p boat 11 dede sub mutari for aqua accam for dede and if the back need a change we change
  • OGYA says:
    May 11, 2014 04:50 pm
    I really do agree with you. Despite my constant criticisms of GSN, its the only website that has continued to accommodate a lot of crap from me and everyone else, even Zambians. Although I don't support their partiality and promotion of certain Black Star players and coaches, I will forever continue to support this website because I believe they are becoming an established and a recognized brand in African sports. I am also hoping that they will be more impartial with their stories and stop publishing stories about football player's children, wives, businesses, expensive cars and houses but rather concentrate on their accomplishments on the field of play, Charity work and any activity they are involved in to helping mother Ghana, and fellow Ghanaians who have been idolizing and patronizing them all these years. HIP! HIP! HIP! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAY to GSN.
  • OGYA says:
    May 11, 2014 02:35 pm
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  • Askantwi says:
    May 11, 2014 03:04 pm
    Yes, they have done very well.
  • benny says:
    May 11, 2014 03:07 pm
    Ogya l agree with you, they have done really well. One important thing l will commend GSN for is their tolerance in terms of views of some guys who visit the site. Unlike myjoyonline which is the most useless website in the world. You air your view and the next minute ,you are blocked.GSN is very tolerant with people's views and with a very efficient revamp of the site to match,l give them my thumps up.
  • GHANSON says:
    May 11, 2014 04:32 pm
    Why is AA still thinking of including John Mensah? The guy is old as hell... for God's sake did anyone see his penalty kick against Uruguay 4 years ago?? my grandma can kick a ball harder than him... plus fielding a player like John Mensah in our defense will be a disaster and a gaping hole for Ronaldo to mesmerize n run through to score.. we need youngsters with hot blood to form a concrete wall of defense.. like Jonathan Mensah, Baba rahman, John Boye and Vorsah... not old men
  • don says:
    May 11, 2014 01:14 pm
    May the Almight Allah help you to make up the full squad
  • Stanford says:
    May 11, 2014 11:43 am
    This is the time for the silent Killer to decide his faith in the world cup.