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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach slams purported leaked squad, describes it as a 'fake'

Published on: 25 April 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says his purported leaked 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup is a hoax as he is yet to even finalize his team for June’s tournament in Brazil.

The Black Stars trainer returned to the country from official business in South Africa to the news of a leaked 30-man squad for the World Cup published by state owned Ghana News Agency.

The country’s news agency claim the published squad is what Kwesi Appiah has resolved to begin preparations with late next month.

The list which has stirred intense debate due to the inclusions of Isaac Vorsah, Jeffery Schlupp, Anthony Annan and Emmanuel Frimpong has already been rubbished by Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has also added his voice by describing the reported squad as a ‘fake’ ahead of the official announcement on May 12.

"I travelled to South Africa and when I came back somebody said that there are names that have been leaked from the GFA and I am like I have not even sat down with my assistant to discuss the list,” Appiah told AllSports.

“Until the 12th of May every list that you will hear consider it fake."

The nation has been gripped with suspense ahead of the naming of the provisional squad for the World Cup.

Ghana aim at going at least one better than the quarter final feat achieved four years ago in South Africa.

Appiah however says he has a fair idea of the players he will be inviting for the grand tournament in Brazil.

"Every coach by now should have a fair idea of his squad particularly when by FIFA rules all squads are to be sent by the 13th of May,” he added.

“I have said that I will meet the management and for that matter all Ghanaians to let them know the team on the 12th of May.

“It is normal to speculate but we all need to exercise patience before the 30 is announced.

"I still have not decided yet but I may go with 25 or 26 to play the Holland game and then bring the number down to 23 because the list to FIFA has to be submitted by 2nd June so there is no rush.

“We pray and hope that there will be no injuries during our training sessions."


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 26, 2014 02:18 pm
    glad someone also got the joke. lol
  • truth says:
    April 26, 2014 12:07 am
    boakye yiadom is the only gh striker playing in the toughest league in the world(la liga) and scoring as well and must be included in 23 man squad.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 26, 2014 01:52 am
    “I travelled to South Africa and when I came back somebody said that there are names that have been leaked from the GFA and I am like I have not even sat down with my assistant to discuss the list,” HAHAHAHA, oh God, i could not stop laughing... those comments made my day. only in Ghana...LOL
  • A concerned citizen says:
    April 26, 2014 03:00 am
    "Oyiwa"...Boakye has justified his inclusion....Strikers for Brazil 2014 Gyan Warris, Boakye, Accam, Antwi and strong midfielder Acquah
  • Ijahman says:
    April 26, 2014 03:29 am
    Goalkeepers Kwarasey, Adams, Dauda Defenders Inkoom..Afful..Schlupp..Opare..Akaminko..Boye..Ainooson..Jonathan.. Midfielders Essien..Muntari..Acquah..Wakasso..Badu..Dede..Atsu..Rabiu..Asamoah Strikers Kevin..Gyan..Warris
  • delo-dino says:
    April 26, 2014 06:34 am
    if aa serious abt getin to de semis at de mundial then he cannot leav out afreyie aquah in his midfield bcos afreyie has been our best and most consistent holding midfielder this season i don't know of any explanation aa can use to justify his exclusion frm de final squad i thimk a player like david accam has been a beta player than jordan so also is boakye yiadom this season has been one of our best strikers i don't aa wil be consided a serios if he exclud these guys
  • Shark says:
    April 26, 2014 06:34 am
    @Spellbound, you are hilarious.. So there is a list but they are about to discuss it.. Then the list is leaked.. Hahaha. Simple logic AA.