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2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah facing tough decisions ahead of naming final squad

Published on: 15 April 2014
Kwesi Appiah

By Patrick Akoto

Over the next couple of weeks each display by Ghana’s 2014 World Cup hopefuls will be heavily scrutinized by the country's powerful media.

Marks out of 10 will be given along with updated World Cup chances (on the plane, in contention etc).

Television will heighten the highlight of individual performances with studio pundits analyzing and dissecting the pluses and minuses. Radio phone-ins will be a platform for the fans’ views.

There will be World Cup overkill as everybody has an opinion about the 23 players Kwesi Appiah should select for Brazil.

The upcoming international friendly matches against Honduras and the Netherlands will afford the chance to the Ghanaian trainer to select his final men for the biggest football fiesta on earth.

He has up to May 13 to reveal his provisional 30-man squad and will use the few days to assess his troops before announcing his final squad later that month.

It will be anything but nice for Appiah when he tells the unlucky seven players they are returning to Ghana and not flying to Brazil as he submits his final 23-man squad to FIFA.

The next couple of days will prove crucial for the indigenous man as he has the biggest task of naming players who should be largely embraced by local fans.

There are bound to be surprises and criticism over the decision to include certain players in the squad and that perhaps makes the work of a coach extremely difficult.

There have been massive campaigns in the local media to have preferred players included in the set-up as the race for a place in Kwesi Appiah’s squad intensify.

The ex-Kotoko great has insisted he has close to 20 ‘untouchables’ in his squad, meaning only three new faces could be drafted into the team if the injury situation improves.

Both foreign-based and local stars are all determined to catch the eye of Appiah well aware appearing at the global stage will prove the catalyst for a massive breakthrough.

Injuries and a sudden loss of form apart, Appiah probably has 18 of the 23 players inked in as the boys for Brazil.

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jerry Akaminko

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin-Prince Boateng,Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Rabiu Mohammed

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan, Abdul Majeed Waris

But a number of players considered as key could miss out of the party with growing competition for places becoming fierce.

The place of Sochaxu striker Jordan Ayew is not cast in stone with growing talents like David Accam and Richmond-Boakye Yiadom hoping to gazump him for a place in the final squad.

South Africa-based Rashid Sumaila, Awal Mohammed, Daniel Agyei are all in with a chance with a chance.

Cordoba goalkeeper Razak Brimah as well as veteran Richard Kingson cannot be glossed over with CHAN hero Stephen Adams waiting patiently for his chance.

In-form Parma Afriyie Acquah could gatecrash the squad while former Ghana Under-20 striker Ebenezer Assifuah is being considered, according to media reports.

However, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Isaac Vorsah will likely miss the tournament with his return date unclear.

Greuther Furth defender Baba Abdul Rahman is another promising player who could make the final cut but uncertainty hangs over Portugal-based David Addy.

Winger Albert Adomah is highly regarded as Kwesi Appiah's favourite 'home boy' due to perceived family ties and could be on board the plane to the South American country.

Powerful defender John Mensah, pocket-size midfielder Anthony Annan as well as Derek Boateng have slim chances of making the squad.

But with places for 18 players firmly grabbed, which five other players do you think should add up to the number for Brazil?

Please make your views known in the box below. 


This article has 30 comment(s), give your comment
  • Benito says:
    April 16, 2014 04:25 pm
    Can it be that wakaso hasn't gotten over the death of his son ,hence his dip in form? then they need to work on his psyche because he's a good player
  • harry says:
    April 16, 2014 04:45 pm
    Am shocked Ghanaians are advocating for 'names' instead of 'form' in football in this era.Then we should rather go for Stephen Appiah,Pele,Tony yeboah etc.Why will someone think of Painsil,Olele,John Mensah,dauda and co in Brazil.AA,please we need strong and regular players playing top leagues in the Team.
  • sted says:
    April 16, 2014 03:29 pm
    Agreed Jeff Schlupp & Frank Acheampong – speed skills and I think he will be a headache sitting behind a striker or up front. Not just headache but a pain in the whole body of the defenders.
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 16, 2014 07:34 am
    I agree with you on Essen.i would love to see this guy play his last major tournament for the country.But he is missing for match fitness.We are supposed to find stronger and match fit players to fight for Ghana's glory in Brazil.But not to use the tournament to praise these once upon a time players like Essien or fatau dauda .Ghana should come first than anyone's stomach interest
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 16, 2014 07:37 am
    Wakaso hasn't been a constant regular at his club level.another one to be dropped
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 16, 2014 07:43 am
    Whatever point you have there makes a lot of sense brother .But with the case of Nkoom I guess he has started to pick up the pieces of his career in Greece.Well only time will tell bro.
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 16, 2014 07:44 am
    Whatever point you have there makes a lot of sense brother .But with the case of Nkoom I guess he has started to pick up the pieces of his career in Greece.Well only time will tell bro.
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 16, 2014 08:02 am
    It will be a big crime and a huge mistake to drop Daniel Adjei in place of Fatau.Statically,these men play in the same league in South Africa.One is a regular whiles the other is a big bench warmer and training horse.For almost a whole year Fatau has kept the post abt 3 times as a transitional goalie over there .whiles Adjei has been a regular even after coming back from injury.So what makes the player selection committee or Mr.AA think Fatau is in better form than Daniel who has been a regular ?Besides,if we proclaim that the glory days of Olele are over with the need for replacing him with confident young men.Then what happened to the likes of Steven Adams,Brimah,Kwarasey Foli Adade,Nii Adjei or Daniel Adjei himself .i even heard George Owu has improved dramatically as well.I guess if we should be honest to ourselves enough over sending Fatau to Brazil over these guys ,we are in for the shocker then.I watched his match in post for The pirates against the black aces.The less quality goal which beat him is a clear example of the dangers awaiting us at the World Cup with Cristiano Ronaldo looking forward to put his mark finally on the world's stage.One of the many reasons that we need a neutral coach or non biased goalie trainer . Else we are in for a shocker with players like Clint Dempsey going to use us to get a statement out to the world !!
  • Di Carlo says:
    April 16, 2014 04:15 am
    First of all,lets put some ice on wakaso and Inkoom...just not in form to make the core team. Add Afriyie Acquah,Jeff schlupp and Rashid sumaila to strengthen our porous defense. David Accam,Jordan,Assifuah/Acheampong with their speed can be game changers and good subs. Jonathan mensah must be in if fit. John mensah,vorsah,Annan,derek boateng just not in form, only 2 months to brazil will be a big gamble if any of them is called to the team,they are not fit and prone to injuries,that will be a heavy burden.
  • Sean says:
    April 15, 2014 11:47 pm
    Truth really hurt. Olele has never stop a free kick or penalty before, Sammy Adjie did in our youth world cup and many occasions he was far better than him, but one single mistake he was replace by Ole le. Kwarasey did stop some dangerous free kick from Ronaldinho (Brazil v Ghana) friendly march, which he (Ronaldinho) thought it was a goal. 2010 world cup it wasn't only Asamoah Gyan or those who miss the penalties, but if Ole le had stop the cheap free kick from Diego Forlan and able to stop also one or two penalties we should have progress. This is the reason why we prefer Kwarasey before them, with him it is not lucky or 50 50, but he read the game and does his best that's why he is the captain in his team and best keeper at where he is. 2009 when Ghana happen to be the first African youth team to win the world cup in Egypt it was Daniel Adjie who stop some decisive penalties which gave them the victory over Brazil. Once again it’s not that we don’t like Ole le, but there’re opinion and facts, and we’re talking about fact here when it comes to critical situation who can save us here Olele come last in the list and Kwarasey comes first. My opinion….
  • Benito says:
    April 16, 2014 12:40 am
    Dr. Kwesi Appiah doesn't listen to radio neither does he watch television so he wouldn't give a shit about public opinion!!
  • Mike says:
    April 16, 2014 12:51 am
    David Accam
  • Bright Baffour says:
    April 16, 2014 01:21 am
    Rashid sumaila, awal Mohammed, albert adomoah, stephen adam, jordan ayew
  • Edem says:
    April 15, 2014 09:38 pm
    1. Another GK - Olele since we have a potential rookie starter at the World Cup 2. Jonathan Mensah if John is unfit 3. Jeff Schlupp to play left back/striker; versatility for camp and size to the roster, plus I think there better quality than Ghana league 1 defenders. 4. Albert Adomah - 5. Frank Acheampong - speed skills and I think he will be a headache sitting behind a striker or up front. I would look to "potentially" drop Wakaso if he comes to camp still not in form, because I think there is risk carrying Essien, Rabiu and him to the tourney if they can't be depended on. I am keeping Essien because of his quality, experience at that stage and experience against that level of competition even if he had some dip in form.
  • Against taking bribe. says:
    April 15, 2014 11:08 pm
    This journalist will never write another article after this. He is so stupid its unbelievable. Where did he get his facts from? How much did inkroom pay you? Wait till my people deal with you and your manager at ghanasoccernet. Make sure you enjoy the stupid 10 dollars you got. Patrick akoto. You are a very foolish man.
  • Kwabena says:
    April 15, 2014 08:46 pm
    Now is it the team that is interested in à player that matters or the prayers form? People should stop this kind of propaganda. Did i read roma interested in opare? Hmmmmm 'ya te abre ooo!' soon bench warmer at roma then.
  • Ato ATL says:
    April 15, 2014 07:05 pm
    AA should be bold enough to drop a player like Essien, this guy is out of shape and will be a waste in brazil. Afriyie Acquah will be better option than essien. Sulley Muntari deserve his spot in the team, he's been putting in solid performances for his club. His strength,passes and ball wining skills are very much needed in backstars. AA should not be under pressure from any official to name some of these old guys who are warming benches in their clubs. Also, a player like Wakaso should be dropped; after his move to the russian side, this guy has not impressed me either in the russian league or any blackstar match he's played.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    April 15, 2014 07:32 pm
    I will pick assifuah over Jordan ..
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 15, 2014 06:33 pm
    Who is better than Opare a guy heading to Roma in Serie A next year? What have you accomplished with your life?
  • Jaja says:
    April 15, 2014 05:03 pm
    Once again some Dauda propaganda. This journalist just makes up some bullshit and claims these are the untouchables.
  • J.J says:
    April 15, 2014 05:28 pm
    Jonathan Mensah is definitely in
  • Concern Citizen says:
    April 15, 2014 05:40 pm
    The five players to add up will be the ff: Mark my word. 1. John Mensah 2. Jonathan Mensah 3. John Pinsil 4 Afriyie Acquah 5. Olele Richard Kingston
  • County says:
    April 15, 2014 05:59 pm
    The coach should be very careful with his selections and must be bold enough to drop some of the out of form so called senior players
  • readi 2 dye says:
    April 15, 2014 06:02 pm
    Opare n afful are not WC material. Is Jonathan mensah hurt?
  • Boro says:
    April 15, 2014 04:53 pm
    Honestly speaking i do not see the toughness in this if he is to follow his own parameters set. Most of the names mentioned are not news. Although i disagree with names like Inkoom, Opare and Wakaso with the status quo there is no option because AA has failed to try some of our central defenders both from the chan and the other profesionals at the lateral défense. These are self inflicted problems by AA since he has continuosly been trying the failed lateral defenders of inkoom, opare and afful. Also in the absence of rabiu instead of trying afriyie he there again continuosly used the old horse of muntari and essien despite afriyie playing week in week out. Accam could have provided the option for gyan-waris pair but AA again has been ignoring this chap who has been banging in the goals. He is probably finding things tough due his failure to pay heed to some of the advice otherwise he should not be finding things tough.
  • jb says:
    April 15, 2014 04:32 pm
    I think Jerry schlupp will be great addition and he is better than opare and afful
  • wee ba says:
    April 15, 2014 04:28 pm
    dauda is nt active so why select him? are u not the same person who said inactive players wont be selected?so why choose dauda over briamah or agyei or oleley? we live to see
  • Asem says:
    April 15, 2014 04:12 pm
    Albert Adoma is a must in the team!! He will be there on merit not on family ties you percieve!!!
  • Mike says:
    April 15, 2014 03:46 pm
    I watched David Accam and I personally think the coach should take a look at him to support with the attacking force... He has the qualities and should be given the chance to the world cup.
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 15, 2014 03:57 pm
    Stop your nonsense. Assifuah for what? The guy sucks