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2014 World Cup: Parma coach says Afriyie Acquah merits Ghana call-up to Brazil

Published on: 28 March 2014
Afriyie Acquah

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni believes midfielder Afriyie Acquah fits the bill to play for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

The 22-year-old is on loan from German side TSG Hoffenheim has emerged as a key player at the Stadio Tardini after a slow start.

Acquah has made 19 Serie A appearances and been very assertive in the midfield.

Last week, he was named man-of-the-match in Parma’s 1-1 home draw with Genoa.

Donadoni, a former Italy national team coach, says Acquah deserves to play at the June’s tournament in Brazil.

"We are sure that someone like Acquah can play at the World Cup with Ghana,” Donadoni is quoted by Tuttomercato.

"Essien and Muntari have certainly lived a memorable year. Now it's up to him to confirm his growth in the team.”


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  • myname says:
    March 29, 2014 11:44 pm
    I will choose Afriyie Acquah over atsu because of size. He is strong to defend aggressively in the migfield. Atsu is stylish but cannot defend of push through with strength.
  • ishmel says:
    March 29, 2014 09:03 pm
    I think he is not yet there!!! I think he is over-hype I watch him and chibsa very much b'cos am a fun of seria A. Qoufie did more than that played more than Badu last 2 seasons yet He never had his own chance even kwadjo Asamoa. For me acqua is good but who should sit for him. Talking about speed... he is not a speedy player . leave Kwesi Appea alone!!
  • bongo says:
    March 29, 2014 08:25 am
    Ok, i hope AA will do that, but stop d insult, we need good result. AA do something about ds guy we need him in our friendly match for us to see live
  • Vinny says:
    March 29, 2014 09:22 am
    I have heard Essien speaking and rating the guy very highly iut of all the good midfielders in the team, the guy has everything and will be unprofessional for AA not to include him in the Squad, I would say, he is currently the best defensive midfielder in Ghana and needs a starting place in the team, we need this guy, he is ugly though lol, but can do a great job for the team.
  • sticky straw says:
    March 29, 2014 07:28 am
    I have been saying this since last on this forum that because of his style of play I have been watching him every week to say the truth which majority of ghanaians don't like to hear apart from kelving prince boateng no ghanaians midfielder can be compared to afriyie acquah his strength,speed'stamina, skills , passes ,shooting ooo my god this boy needs to be paired with muntari and prince boateng in midfield for ghana while essien and kwadjo Asamoah on the lateral defends ooo my god I don't think no team on this planet called an earth can beat us except Jesus Chris eleven .but so call black coaches will rather invite badu the bench warmer.the injured rabiu.shortingo Solomon asante .shortingo inkoom.and the most annoying one mama Albert adoma twea the technical director of gomoah Fetteh Feyernoord says at any given day when dong bortey is fit he will select him ahead of any other player if he were be incharge of national team due to his kicks.corners.speed.and skills my question is what does adoma brings on board?after the days of laryea kinston we've never have a good winger like him again
  • keith from germany says:
    March 29, 2014 06:16 am
    This is what i have been saying that AA likes the vision to call the right kind of players. He always called players like solomon asante,kissi boateng,edwin gyimah,awal mohammed and emmnuel clottey at the expense of quality players Everybody knows that essien is fading out,no disrespect to the bison but essien has sluggish. Afriyie aquah is the kud right herenge only had bad luck by joining Hoffenheim. The coach markus babbel and the then manager Andreas müller bought afriyie aquah and both were sacked immediately after Afriyie Aquah was been purchased. So when the new coach markus Gisdol came as trainer,Afriyies chances of playing were low. That boy must definately be invited to justify his inclusion. If AA is seriuos and wants to succeed then he gotta do the right thing by calling active players.
  • keith from germany says:
    March 29, 2014 06:17 am
    Afriyie aquah is the kid right here.he only had bad luck with his move to hoffenheim **
  • top ranking says:
    March 29, 2014 03:11 am
    Aa is full of crap.instead of inviting the right players he rather prefers nkoom, dauda, essien etc.afriyie is farbetter than essien and even sometimes muntari.very skillful, energetic and he is in top form.aa should not wait for parma's coach to recommend afriyie.aa paa, what a coach?coach with no game plan.
  • top ranking says:
    March 29, 2014 03:14 am
    Kumasi coach
  • sululu says:
    March 29, 2014 02:41 am
    I almost watch parma play every week n must say this boy has surprise me alot.I will be surprise if he is left out!
  • King of Kings says:
    March 29, 2014 12:36 am
    This boy is qualified to go to World cup even if he doesn't start as first 11 on the field. Is good to have a strong bench. We are looking at you Coach Kwesi Appiah.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 28, 2014 09:59 pm
    Yuh he's been impressive for Parma this season, buh its gonna be difficult for him to gatecrash the squad for the WC considering the number of quality materials we have in the midfield department, he meets the player call-up criteria perfectly though buh I really doubt if he can make the cut for the final 23 man squad for the WC.
  • Nii says:
    March 28, 2014 07:45 pm
    If AA is really serious on his job and really monitoring our boys outside, then he must include this lad in his squad for the tournament. He is delight to watch
  • Africanus says:
    March 28, 2014 07:38 pm
    I agree 200%. You just have to see the guy play. I will put him ahead of Essien and Muntari in terms of speed, stamina and work rate. He represent the future.
  • cool says:
    March 28, 2014 06:43 pm
    Please give the youth a chance.let's find a way to include this guy in the regular line up.