By Patrick Akoto
Ex-Ghana defender Joe Addo has urged Kwesi Appiah to leave out goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey if his confidence level for the number one position in the Black Stars is suspicious ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form for Norwegian champions Strømsgodset over the past three years but has been criticized in some quarters for his perceived lack of confidence when he’s in post for Ghana.
There are those who have questioned his mental toughness and focus when representing the Africans at the international level, leading to the decision to start Fatau Dauda ahead of him during the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Dauda has since not looked back as he featured in all the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup but there have been concerns lately over his lack of first team action at Orlando Pirates.
Coach Kwesi Appiah is facing the unenviable task of choosing between the two goalkeepers for the number position with reports suggesting he will prefer Dauda ahead of Kwarasey in Brazil due to his high confidence level.
Ex-Ghana international Joe Addo has waded into the debate and says the ex-Kotoko trainer must not waver in his mind of whom to choose if Kwarasey does not improve his mental stock.
“Professor Mintah should psyche all the players up and not only Adam Kwarasey and if you say he lacks confidence, then he shouldn’t be in the team,” he told Accra-based Power FM
“If Fatau Dauda should pick up an injury or get suspended during the World Cup, would Kwarasey’s confidence level change at that point?
"Adam Kwarasey should psyche himself up for the number one choice goalkeeping position in the Black Stars or he should be left out.”
Addo's comment will surely spark another bout of debate in the West African country as the days winds down to the biggest football fiesta on earth.
The Black Stars are seeking to go a step further after a progressive outing in the last two editions.
They are paired in group G alongside USA, Germany and Portugal.