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2014 World Cup: Jeffrey Schlupp 'gutted' to have missed final Ghana roster

Published on: 01 June 2014
Jeffrey Schlupp failed to make the final cut

By Ameenu Shardow

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England-based defender Jeffrey Schlupp says he is ‘gutted’ not to be making the final Ghana squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The 21-year-old failed to make the cut in the final Black Stars squad named by coach Kwesi Appiah on Sunday morning.

Schlupp emerged a surprise inclusion in the provisional 26-man squad despite playing a key role to help Leicester City seal a return to the English top flight.

The left-back however appears to have paid for his below-par performance in the 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands in an international friendly on Saturday.

Schlupp slipped at a vital point to let in Robin Van Persie finish comfortably in what eventually proved to be the winner of the game played in Rotterdam.

He subsequently failed to make his presence felt both in attack and in defence – ultimately costing him a place in Ghana’s final squad for this month’s tournament in Brazil.

The ex Brentford loanee admits he is hugely disappointed to be chunked off the final squad but looks to pick up vital lessons from his experience with the Black Stars.

“Great season has come to an end. Gutted not to be going to the WC but time to relax with my family now and get myself ready for next season!” Schlupp Tweeted.

“Another great experience playing against a quality team and some world class players infront of 50 000 fans!”

Schlupp joined injured Jerry Akaminko and David Accam as the trio to have failed to make the final Ghana squad for the World Cup.

The Germany-born Ghanaian will now be returning to his base in England as the Black Stars head to the USA to finalize their preparations for the World Cup.


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  • Xperiment says:
    June 02, 2014 09:23 am
    Nobody in dis world will ever understand y barca plays Tello with Pedro or Affellay on d bench.It's all abt choices which in dis case I think is a vry disgusting choice 2 leave Adusei in Ksi n take jxt 3 centre backs n a clueless inkoom 2 a world cup.I think ppl shd rewatch d ghana -uruguay match n see hw confused he was,trying 2 stop an aerial ball with his foot 2 say d least.I'm glad someone said 'kick n chase'.Dats d only thing he can do. Again,which tactically- minded coach will take 3 right footed players(inkoom,opare, afful) with d intention of deploying one as left back?.Hw many teams on dis earth have their first choice left backs 2 b right footed?.Dats insane! Accam was nt even given d chance 2 prove himself but u can play adomah 4 full time, bring kevin, dede,who've already proved themselves 2 b gud players n u tell us u had only six substitutions 2 make.Dis is jxt crazy! I wish AA proves me wrong but until den,I think he's really told us indirectly dat we shd support d team with our eyes n nt our heart. I wish d team d best of luck anyway
  • MythBuster says:
    June 02, 2014 06:28 am
    The truth be said the entire ghana team played badly on that day,with the exception of the goal keeper,like Arsene Wenger rightly said,African teams lacks some level of unity and in some situation,some players think that they are bigger than others or how else can one justify Essein backing the field when he was changed or players refusing to come in for the injured Akaminko,it is the height of indiscipline for a team going to world cup.Wenger went ahead to tip Nigeria above other African teams because of their unity of purpose and stephen Keshi cutting every player to size and you can see their burning desire to die for their country,just like south Americans and Europians!I pray that our ghanian national team only gets better and drop their stinking ego.
  • sammy says:
    June 02, 2014 01:27 am
    Why do we always complain wen there is no reason to. Each coach has a reason for picking certain crop of players he thinks can deliver for him. Believe me if we give all the pple who just commented here the chance to pick their team we all will hv a different set of players. Firstly, why will u cut your only right footed winger (Adomah) from ur team wen u don't hv any better right footed wingers. He's effective at right. Jeff Schlupp was given 2 matches to show wat he can add to the team and he proved he didn't hv anything exceptional. He did well this season but so did Adomah who u guys shd knw was the top scorer for his team "as a winger''. Let's give those in charge a break and support the team as best as we can nd stop this thgs we throw around. if u think u can do a beta job jxt apply the next time we are lukn for a coach.
  • Jojo says:
    June 02, 2014 02:52 am
    It seems you don't understand football my friend.
  • KwasiB.Addo says:
    June 01, 2014 09:29 pm
    Here is the best possible line up for Ghana in my opinion. Asamoah plays in an expansive role for Juventus along the left flank where he both tracks defenders and initiates offence. With this set up he can be a reliable LB as supposed to the unreliable inkoom. What you think?? Formation 4-2-3-1 Kwarasey Opare Mensah Boye K.Asamoah Essien Prince A.Ayew. Gyan. Atsu Waris
  • AfricanConsciousness says:
    June 03, 2014 12:53 am
    Dude you played your heart out against the Netherlands but you were not focused on defense. If you had focused all your attention on defending you would be in Miami en route to Brazil. The Coach brought you in for one purpose and that was to play defense. You were the left full back and your whole being for 90+ minutes should have been focused on the right forward which was Robin Van Persie or whoever was playing that right side of attack and taking them completely out of the game. You wanted to show the Coach you could play more than the full back position and you said that to the media too. You made some good runs on the wing but that is not why the Coach brought you in. That scattered approach to the game and the fancy pair of cleats that you got for free cost you a trip to the World Cup. Next time get your own pair of boots and make sure you have one regular and a second pair that is studded for wet or slippery turf. You will be back, there is nothing wrong with your game. Dr Coach Appiah has a track record of calling back improved rejects as you can attest yourself. Keep your chin up and keep working hard.
  • AfricanConsciousness says:
    June 03, 2014 01:22 am
    Adomah did not grow up playing Colt soccer in Ghana so he does not have the skills nor the flair of a typical Ghanaian player so stop comparing him to the romantic picture of a homegrown Ghanaian player. He grew up playing his game in Great Britain. The guy has physique and he is a work horse. Every coach looks for a workhorse who would work relentlessly for him in the midfield. A player whol would run all day helping in attack and tracking back on defense with the same intensity for 90+ minutes, this is why Albert Adomah is on the team. You guys need to go watch Ben Hur. Out of the four horses in the chariot race in the Roman coliseum each had its own strength, speed, stamina, courage, steadfastness etc. Adomah brings a lot of good qualities to the Black Stars and I hope his team-mates embrace him because he will help us in Brazil especially if the Coach brings him off the bench when all the players from the other team are at their breaking point from the Brazilian conditions. Adomah should not start ahead of Dede on the right wing. For the Black Stars to survive the qualifying round the Coach must have all his star players on the starting line up in each and every game. Gyan, Muntari, Dede, Essien, KPB and Kwadwo Assamoah. I would not classify Adam Kwarasey as a star but he has earned the starting position because he was a 90+ minute contributor for a team that won a championship and he showed against some of the best strikers in the world that he is ready to take on the mantle that Olele left for him. Bring on 3 of the best young stars that the Black Stars currently possess to complete these aforementioned big 7. I also nominate Rabiu Mohammed to shadow Ronaldo for 90+ minutes. Where ever he goes, what ever he does Rabiu should be there to spoil it. Get someone else to beat Ghana but Rabiu should not give Ronaldo any breathing room. Or the Coach could split the assignment between Rabiu and Agyeman Badu. They must not allow Ronaldo to touch the ball. Defend Ronaldo and do nothing else if you win the ball from him just pass it to a team mate and then get back to doing your job, take Ronaldo out of the game.
  • cofie says:
    June 01, 2014 03:14 pm
    I am one man who does not like to question the decision of the coach but the inclusion of Adoma in this squard made me raise an eye brow. What has the coach seen in him that we cannot see? To Jeff, more opportunities will come. Do not worry
  • samva says:
    June 01, 2014 03:51 pm
    just keep working hard and your time will surely come
  • Steve says:
    June 01, 2014 03:54 pm
    How can we go to the World Cup with only 6 defenders?? None of our defenders are left footed. None of our defenders play left back at club level. Yet we have five players who can only play Defensive Midfield. Bad choices from Kwesi Appiah
  • Kwabena says:
    June 01, 2014 04:21 pm
    Adomah is genetically gifted. That is his only strength. However, he hardly completes any passes and it seems the members of the team still can't accept him. Yes, sometimes we need to speak up against corruption in the team. Kwasi Appiah's corrupt inclusion of Derek Boateng in two AFCONs costed us the wins. Let us hope Adomah's inclusion will not cause major upsets and he will not be used in a sensitive role. TRIBALISM AND FAVORITISM!
  • James Ansah says:
    June 01, 2014 04:26 pm
    I guess we all got our wish From from the Accra Station Omen even got it right in dropping Schlupp but all the same I wish Jeff Schlupp good luck and work hard at your defensive duties and in attack played good not below par everyone makes mistakes in falling and slipping but one game should not be the end of him keep your head up work hard your time will come again there are African Cup Of Nations and the World Cup in Russia come back Stronger Jeff Schlupp from this good experience Lewis appiah coach give him another chance please to prove himself again and all other left backs in ghana and foreign based players equal opportunity. Jeff Schlupp. U are young and I noticed that u are still learning to play left back like it said keep working hard and your defensive positioning duties and in attack for Leciester City your time will come soon just u wait to prove every Ghanaian fans and everyone wrong. Jeff Schlupp be strong my boy I will keep on supporting you and you have a new fan in me and everyone else.
  • benny says:
    June 01, 2014 04:16 pm
    schlupp has himself to blame.He was given an opportunity and he screwed up.He can only work hard going forward.Lots of people root for his inclusion but it was not to be. The whole team were not properly laid out making it difficult for the players expecially the new ones. The way forward is to hope we don't have any more injuries.Its good we lost to Holland.This will erode any complacency and improve the quest to work hard on tactics.
  • James Ansah says:
    June 01, 2014 04:29 pm
    I mean to say Kwesi Appiah not Lewis Appiah.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 01, 2014 04:27 pm
    How can people compare adoma to him. My friend different position. TAKE INKOOM OUT PAIR OPARE WITH ADOMAH .INKOOM WAS LOST ON TV YESTERDAY ADOMAH WAS SPACE FREE. You need to watch the whole game before you anaylse. All we saw on tv was adomah and his hands calling for beautiful passes which never came. Tweea.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 01, 2014 04:44 pm
    How can you say such a demoralizing thing? Now, I am sure the boy has regretted naturalizing for Ghana instead of Germany. He could get a place to pair with Jerome Boateng if he had stayed German. WHAT ON EARTH IS ADOMAH ADDING TO THE TEAM? Yesterday, yes, Schlupp slipped, but give me ONLY ONE point that Adomah passed a single ball successfully in the game, only ONE. He is a waste. The only difference is that Schlupp is young and he could have been groomed for the future. Moreover, Adomah seem to have been ostracized by the other players. No one gave him a single pass, maybe they also knew what they were doing because Adomah was probably destined to waste every single ball he got. This is exactly what Kwasi Appiah did with Derek Boateng that cost Ghana the AFCONs in 2012 and 2013. It was the same mistake that Claude Leroy did when he sold Ghana to Cameroun in 2008 AFCON when he fielded the 18 year old Dede Ayew ahead of Ampima Barusso who was willing to work hard. Tribalism and favoritism will not take us anywhere.
  • Adebayo says:
    June 01, 2014 05:05 pm
    When a coach has gifted players but cannot develop a system to utilize the players to the best of their ability, then he is sure to make wrong choices! AA has no ideas that can bring out the best in these young talents so he confuses them and goes back to his 'kick and chase' system with Afful and Inkoom!
  • anokwale says:
    June 01, 2014 05:04 pm
    Things happen for a reason. I think that we will be seeing much of Schulp and Accam in the near future. At this point, they are not a part of the team chemistry right now. Let us just pray for the team we have and be thankful that Kwarsey has proven to be a good goalie. Now we just need to score.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 01, 2014 05:15 pm
    Well I hope you prove us all wrong. Adomah is already in so let us hope he does his best. Ghana's success is the priority.
  • sky says:
    June 01, 2014 06:36 pm
    your time may come jeffrey.keep on improving and u will surely take the position twenty eighteen
  • FavouredOne says:
    June 01, 2014 08:27 pm
    Definitely only 23 players can make the cut out to Brazil. whatever, whoever was selected is equally a Ghanaian. Lets all rally and support those selected but those eroded, good luck next time. Your time will come.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 01, 2014 04:38 pm
    I do not like the likes of Adomah in the team, but I think five defensive midfielders in the team is in order. Ghana lost AFCON 2012 and 2013 because we used Derek Boateng in defensive midfield when the guy is NOT a defensive midfield. Ghana's successes in 2006 and 2010 are all due to our defensive midfield. So we must go with a solid and stable defensive midfield. The rest of the work will be done by their dynamism because Muntari, K Asamoah and Essien can both switch in to offensive roles. That is the beauty of the team. But we must address the issue of five defenders and going without a left-footed defender. Adomah's role in the team is in question.
  • Africa4Ghana says:
    June 01, 2014 03:15 pm
    A sad day for the black stars.
  • Ghanaman says:
    June 01, 2014 04:28 pm
    Benny you speak sense london massa. The ghana fa knew what they were doing.
  • Dr edusei says:
    June 01, 2014 07:59 pm
    We need 23 so ado a cannot be cut. Or you think Adomad should be cut instead of accam or schrupp. You cannot trip in the last minute and give a 1-0. Adomah can be good. He should be made to take on defenders and cross balls quickly. The whole Ghana team did not play well. They need to attack and that's the best way to defend.