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2014 World Cup: My Nations Cup experiment has paid off, says Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Published on: 13 May 2014
Mubarak Wakaso was one of the 2013 Nations Cup debutants

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he has profited from his ‘experiment’ in sending ten debutants to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars trainer announced a 26-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup on Monday at a press conference.

Six out of the 10 debutants at the Nations Cup in South Africa made Appiah’s provisional squad for June’s tournament in Brazil.

Players such as Fatau Dauda, Jerry Akaminko, Christian Atsu, Albert Adomah, Mubarak Wakaso and Rabiu Mohammed are all in the running to play for Ghana at the World Cup having made the provisional squad.

The risk of taking such a huge number of inexperienced players to a major tournament such as the Nations Cup failed to pay off for the Black Stars trainer as Ghana finished a disappointing fourth in South Africa.

But coach Appiah says his ‘experiment’ worked in the long run as he was able to fall on majority of his Nations Cup debutants in making his provisional World Cup squad.

"I took about ten new players to the Nation Cup [South Africa] and most of the local ones turned professionals afterwards," he told Asempa FM.

"It was a major risk but it ended up help helping us as the morale of most of the players were boosted.

"A lot of them now are in the squad for the World Cup so we can see how that - if you like experiment - helped us."


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • kwabena says:
    May 13, 2014 08:41 pm
    Ah! AA you keep saying you took a lot local players to afcon 2013 and all of them turned professionals afterwards but when I go through the list I only see Dauda so where are the rest of this locals who turned professionals after they have been in the afcon team of 2013? Calling the best players into forming a team is one thing and getting them to excel is also another thing, so please AA stop running your mouth till you and your team get us to the semi- final stage because Coach ‘ wo kasa’
  • Adebayo says:
    May 13, 2014 09:06 pm
    Thank you, kwabena, CAN 2013 was a disaster not because AA called experimental players but because he didn't have a system. I hope this time with all the time and players he can define himself by imposing his system on the team. He has invited 'Multi-System'- Coach Arday to help him. He needs all the help he can get because Ghanaians would not listen to explanations of experiments any longer. We have the team. Over to you, AA, prove your mettle!
  • Benny says:
    May 13, 2014 05:11 pm
    Ghanaians needs to understand the meaning of a professional.It is a shame a whole national coach keep misusing the world. If someone ply his football trade in Ghana,he is called local player ,however if the player travel to ply his trade outside Ghana ,he becomes a professional. Am l to take it that the Ghanaian league is not a professional league? If it is amateur league somebody should please let me know.
  • Adebayo says:
    May 13, 2014 06:55 pm
    There is only one definition of a professional player. He is a full-time footballer who is contracted by a professional league club and is paid sufficiently so he doesn't have to do any other work to support himself. Are there any players in the local league who are paid well so that they take care of themselves and their families from football?
  • benny says:
    May 13, 2014 07:37 pm
    Adebayo , we can call them part time professionals.l don't follow the Ghana league but there should be few who gets paid decently.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 13, 2014 03:54 pm
    Let's pray for everything to go well..
  • smokey says:
    May 13, 2014 04:04 pm
    Nice try..but I dont AA would have took so many rookies if all his big guns had been aviable so it wasnt by choice.
  • Adebayo says:
    May 13, 2014 04:07 pm
    Coach don't blow your horn too much. There were only four local/non professional players in that squad: Solomaon Asante, Kissi B, Fatau and Daniel Agyei and only Fatau has made this squad. The only previously uncapped player in that team was Awal. You had Gyan, Atsu, Kwadwo Asa, Vorsah, Boye, Akaminko, Jonathan, Derrick, Annan, Rabiu, Wakaso, Adomah, Afful, B-Yiadom and others who were all professionals. Check your facts, the team was not that bad, it just played badly!
  • 21guns says:
    May 13, 2014 04:41 pm
    Weldone AA, BUT NEXT TIME DON'T JOKE WITH OUR FEELINGS... Now we have the toughest team in our group the first game against usa will be a demolish
  • Rass says:
    May 13, 2014 02:51 pm
    U squander a very good chance of wining us a trophy which we are been looking for a very long time now are telling us stories. Is all about wining something
  • wils says:
    May 13, 2014 02:13 pm
    are you sure wakasu should be there instead of augustine okrah or asiedu attobrah or ashietey ollenu or frank acheampong for instance?
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    May 13, 2014 02:35 pm
    I agree. It all makes sense now coachito. Some of us were really upset when we could not play well against Cape Verde, Burkina and later Mali. I think we really thought our focus was on winning the cup at that time and not really about building a team for the future like what we see now. Obviously, the whole thing had to do with priority and so we thank God we have the men for the World Cup.