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2014 World Cup: Ghana squad has 'no future', says top Ghana FA exective Wilfred Osei

Published on: 20 May 2014
Black Stars to begin non-residential training on Tuesday

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana FA Executive Committee member Wilfred Osei ‘Palmer’ says the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup has ‘no future’ after all the players from the Ghana U20 team were left out of the side.

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah named a strong provisional 26-man squad without including a single player from the Black Satellites team that won bronze at the 2013 U20 World Cup in Turkey.

This is in direct contrast to what happened four years ago in the lead up to the finals in South Africa where several players of the victorious Ghana U20 team in 2009 were promoted to the Black Stars.

Players such as Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Samuel Inkoom, Jonathan Mensah and Opoku Agyemang were major beneficiaries of the wholesale promotion to the Black Stars following their U20 success in Egypt in 2009.

Andre Ayew, Jonathan Mensah and Samuel Inkoom subsequently made Ghana’s squad and played in their first World Cup finals in 2010.

They have gone on to become integral members of the current Black Stars set up who look to take the World by storm once more again this June in Brazil.

The Ghana FA Executive Committee member fears the Black Stars may not have such a bright future following the exclusion of members of the recent Ghana U20 team despite the inclusion of youngsters such as Rabiu Mohammed, Rashid Sumaila, Mubarak Wakaso, David Accam, Jordan Ayew and Abdul Majeed Waris in the provisional World Cup squad.

“There is no future in this team,” he told Happy FM.

“If a player like Paul Pogba is in the French national team, I don’t see why someone like Clifford Aboagye who he played against in the midfield can’t make in the Ghana squad.

“Then there is Ebenezer Assifuah who impressed at the [Ghana U20] World Cup.

“The squad was communicated without my contribution so I wasn’t able to argue this point.

“But unfortunately that is the situation everywhere as selection is the prerogative of the coach.”

The Ghana squad will begin preparations towards the 2014 World Cup in a non-residential camp from Tuesday in Accra.

The team will then travel to the Netherlands to intensify their preparations on Saturday having played a farewell match against a local select side a day before at the Accra Sports Stadium.


This article has 21 comment(s), give your comment
  • lalasu says:
    May 20, 2014 10:24 am
    Woyi y3 as3m
  • lawrence essilfie says:
    May 20, 2014 10:51 am
    Guys dnt talk much cos the man is jx confuse.....
    May 20, 2014 03:10 pm
    World cup is not a stage to test players. What is Mr. Palmer talking about? Does he want someone like Waris to be dropped for Assifuah because he played in under 20 on a world cup stage or because or Black Star future? Is Assifua better than Waris or all under 20 players he is talking about better than Ayew, Kojo Asamoah and co at this time?? Please someone should tell him to shut up if he cannot pray for Ghana towards this world cup. Abeg!!!! You were not because othe GFA Executives know you too well.
  • Askantwi says:
    May 20, 2014 01:32 pm
    You said it all jack. Wano hwam. Idiots like that should not be running our football for us. That is absurd.
  • nas says:
    May 20, 2014 12:40 pm
    @Otchere I think some of them are doing pretty well for their respective clubs eg Assifua and Baba Rahman
  • Atuahene-Otchere says:
    May 20, 2014 12:16 pm
    What is the current performance of those players? Much has not been heard of them - and you think because they performed well in the 20 world cup they automatically qualified for the world cup regardless of their current form.
  • JNR says:
    May 20, 2014 11:55 am
    And to think this fool gets a platform to make such ridiculous comment is beyond me. Our U20 players haven't gone on to progress at their various clubs where as most of the European players have like Pogba and Sanogo of Arsenal. Please do us all a favour and shut the hell up!
  • Benito says:
    May 20, 2014 12:13 pm
    This idea of rushing young talents into the senior team and to clubs is not helping,to me such a talent should be EXCEPTIONAL before he allow into the senior team...these so called football administrators because money sell them like crazy only for these talented young ones to be Clifford .
  • MURTALA says:
    May 20, 2014 11:27 am
    And he calls him self an executive committee member,this guy is fool.
  • wisdom says:
    June 05, 2014 06:28 pm
    Is Wilfred a Ghanian, or an adopted person? If he has nothing in his head, he should better keep shut. He himself has no future. An executive. Who gave that position to him? Aimless executive indeed.He should be removed from office for passing such ridiculous comments.
  • messanvi gozo says:
    June 05, 2014 02:16 am
    I agree with papa NKruma. Ghana Is blessed with a lot of great and skillful soccer players. Coach Apiah did the right choice to stick with a strong , experienced , Ghana squad side at this moment. The young skillful players from U20 , still have opportunities (like African cup of nation 2015) to make the Black stars squad . Right now all Ghanians need to agree with the Black stars coach decision and provide an unconditional support for the great black star soccer team. The time is not for critic
  • African Consciousness says:
    May 21, 2014 06:20 am
    Wilfred Osei is right on. The Golden boot from the U20 World Cup winning team Adiyiah was included in the 2010 World cup squad. Assifuah the golden boot from the 2013 U20 team is a stronger, bigger and a more mature striker with 6 goals and should have been given a shot ahead of President Mahama's choice of Jordan Ayew. Aboagye and Acheampong should have been give a shot too. The Coach Appiah however made his decision and the players he selected are all very capable except for the unfortunate three who will be eventually dropped. I wish Coach Appiah had included the stars from the U20 WC tournament in his standby list. Assifuah the Golden boot and Aboagye the bronze ball winners, at the least. Are you trying to tell me you could not find room on a 30 man list to honor 2 or 3 players who took Ghana to 3rd place in the whole World? Come on now Coach.
  • African Consciousness says:
    May 21, 2014 06:21 am
    correction "given a shot too"
  • Boro says:
    May 20, 2014 09:52 am
    Mr. FA executive Your submission has betrayed your ignorant as far as the game of football is concerned. Some of the U-20 players such as michael anaba, assifuah, richmond boakye, duncan, salifu, moses odjer, narh are among the lots who are doing quiet well in deloveloping their footballing carrer but are not yet up to the WC standard yet, may be a year or two if they continue like this. Moreso like you already mentioned this current team is already dominated by youngsters the same age as the U-20 players so what then is Your beef?
  • Nii-Bi says:
    May 20, 2014 10:09 pm
    Many of such people don't like the idea that a black man like AA is leading the stars to the world stage. They only talk out of Jealousy! But AA enemies are not God! He will succeed and succeed again
  • King Auda says:
    May 20, 2014 09:29 am
    Listen to dis foolishman who calls himself a football administrator. its only in Ghana dat u can talk dis can u compare pogba who after de U20 worldcup, became a best player for Juventus in de just ended season to aboagye who barely played for Granada team B. who in de black stars do u want Aboagye who cannot even manage a 10min playing time in dat granada youth team to replace? Stupid man!!! Even Acheampong, Boakye Yiadom and Assifuah were not considered. Fire burn u Mr Wilfred....!!!!
  • papa nkrumah says:
    May 20, 2014 09:21 am
    Sadly, Wilfred has missed the whole point. It is not just about adding or taking players just because they are from the U20. Ghana truly is blessed with a lot of talents and we just want to take the best. If Burma of Portugal who played the U20 was not injured he would have played a strong part with Rinaldo and Portugal. This same player won't get a place in Ghana's midfield. I even believe England's striker Welbeck would not have made it in the current Black Stars as we will always choose Gyan and Waris over him. Let's not just talk but also assess the whole situation objectively
  • Viper says:
    May 20, 2014 08:12 am
    What an idiot.The scary thing is,these muppets run our football.Ghana football has no future because the U20 team including their head coach Silas Tetteh have all pledged their allegiance to Togo.
  • wilson says:
    May 20, 2014 08:15 am
    that hasty inclusion was a near disaster in Angola. Milo was quick to remedy the disaster by bringing on essien, djan, sapei, haminu, annan. when you take over aged players to an under-aged competition you deceive yourself. those players have all suffered a dip in form for the blackstars because they were rushed to where they should have been rushed. rabiu was not part of that rush. he took time to gain entry into the blackstars and today his perfomance for the blackstars is soo much loved. this future argument is a danger. the world is today so we should look at today; the future will evolve naturally. in 2006 we dropped owu painfully for coach adday's macathy with the explanation that he was being groomed for the future. his future for the blacksatars has still not arrived. in 2010 stephen adams, philimon macathy were ignored for daniel adgyei also for the future arguement. 4 years on the future of daniel adgyei is still the future.
  • Viper says:
    May 20, 2014 08:15 am
  • joe says:
    May 20, 2014 08:23 am
    our team isnt an over aged team. warris, accam, jordan, jonathan, kwarasey are all nt over aged players. aside muntari, essein and gyan who else is aged, even wit that their form is great. as fr wlfred i dnt kno y he is there. im happy his view wasnt solicited. which u20 player shud replace who in this current squad. mtchewww