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2014 World Cup: Parma star Acquah confident of making Ghana final 23-man squad

Published on: 12 May 2014
Afriyie Acquah


Parma midfielder Afriyie Acquah is buoyant about his chances of making Ghana’s final 23-man World Cup squad after being named in the provisional list on Monday. 

The 22-year-old has been rewarded after an exciting campaign at the Italian side this season.

He’s been perhaps the most talked about player to gatecrash the squad and rightly so having excelled heavily for Parma this term.

The Arsenal target is aware he must work his socks off to make it out of an experienced midfield section which has some of the country’s seasoned players.

But the ex-Bechem United combative midfielder is confident he fly out to Brazil with the final team.

“Naturally I’m very delighted that I’ve been called up. I think it’s a reward for hard work and I hope to prove my mettle,” he said

“ I have to prepare myself because competition is going to be intense.

“I play with Essien, Agyemang-Badu and Asamoah here in Italy and so there is no threat at all.

“They are great players and it will be nice to be with them in Brazil. I am confident about my chances because I believe in myself.

“I must go out there and let the pitch do the talking for me. I will work hard to ensure I make the final squad.

“At the end of the day, the coach will have the final say but I can only pray and hope that I will be part of the final team.”

It’s been highly speculated that he must slug it out with Russia-based Rabiu Mohammed for a place in the final squad.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • smokey says:
    May 13, 2014 05:58 am
    Acquah deserves to go to Brazil his game has improved a lot this season whilst others aint done nothing in fact Essien aint done nothing for 3 seasons
  • Speed. says:
    May 13, 2014 06:56 am
    Afriyie Acquah is a 'BEAST' of a player. He is on form and we need his services. Anyone who thinks he doesn't merit his call up hasn't seen him play before. I will suggest they go to google and watch his clips. I will pick him over Essien anyday, anytime.
  • naasei says:
    May 12, 2014 09:55 pm are jux a fool. Did u see him giving money to anyone????? Afriyie acquah played 27 matches 3assist one goal in itilian top flight parma fc.he sheilded the back four at a time that parma fc went 7games unbeaten.wat did rabiu and essien did for their teams.check their stats n tell me.ignorant fool.
  • Sportsman says:
    May 12, 2014 10:55 pm
    Nic ma man, u toogud wen it cums 2 analisis tanx 4 correctin him, kep it up
  • ghanaman says:
    May 12, 2014 08:38 pm
    confident? whose pocket have you put the money in? you got big boys like essien sully badu rabi and co playing your position. come on boy have some comon sense and respect.
  • harry says:
    May 13, 2014 01:03 pm
    Its about time we consider in-form players rather than past glory.I always feel sorry when people use past glory as a yardstick. You drop A Annan bcus of lack of playing time and u bring on board Fatau Dauda. Essien,Rabiu and Inkoom should be dropped.Rabiu just came from injury.