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2014 World Cup selector: Helsingborg talisman David Accam deserves a look

Published on: 03 May 2014
David Accam

By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Though Kwesi Appiah’s 2014 World Cup squad looks all but set, Helsingborg’s David Accam is worth a last minute look.

Kwesi Appiah’s reign as Black Stars coach will be remembered for giving a lot of promising youngsters a chance to shine for the national team.

Former Ghana Premier League goal king Mahatma Otoo, now with Norwegian side Sogndal, has had his chances but unfortunately could not nail his position for the finals in Brazil.

Captain Asamoah Gyan has been on fire but it must be said with every goal scored raises questions about the standard of the league he is playing in and even more worrisome is; Will he be able to replicate his form at least once more at the highest stage?

Waris has been inspirational since moving to Valenciennes where he is scored nine goals in 14 French Ligue 1 appearances.

His turnover is highly impressive considering he only joined midway through the season so he is a sure bet.

Jordan Ayew has struggled to live up to expectations at both club and national team level.

He has been criticized by Marseille legend Didier Drogba for promising so much but delivering little.

With barely 40 days to the world cup I do not expect to see many surprises when the provisional squad is named on 13 May but when a player scores 10 goals in 12 matches in Sweden, it is only natural he is worth a look in especially if we are not so comfortable with our striking options.

Kelvin Prince Boateng joined the Black Stars train at the last minute of World Cup qualifiers.

Richmond Boakye Yiadom has his admirers. But vast majority of people will admit that this world cup might come too early for him and there will be other opportunities after the World Cup. Morocco 2015 will be a great platform.

But David Accam has a strong case. He is low key and unglamorous as considered by many but with every passing game he makes his case stronger.

He has had an extraordinary season at Helsingborg with his goals giving a struggling Helsingborg side hope.

Fellow Ghanaian international Majeed Warris could not hide his delight for Accam and tweeted after his last goal “Great goal bro. Keep it up it really got me jumping.”

It looks like Kwesi Appiah has settled on his squad already but the form of Accam should give him some headache.


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • Abraham Wilson says:
    May 04, 2014 12:58 pm
    stupid writer.. these are the people who make Ghana a living hell, simply because they are corrupt and jealous of other peoples success in life.. get a life you retard. Richmond Boakye Yiadom is the same age as accam or whatever, as a matter of fact he is better than accam
  • Abraham Wilson says:
    May 04, 2014 01:02 pm
    do you have eyes and are you literate???.. accam is good but not better than Boakye Yiadom
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 03, 2014 11:09 am
    Dirty criminal. Accam is around the same age as Boakye. Boakye is scoring in La Liga. which is 1000000X harder than any league any Ghanaian striker is playing in. The Champions League Final is all Spanish teams and the Europa League final are all spanish teams. Boakye should be getting this article. Lastly the name is KEVIN not KELVIN for Boateng.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    May 03, 2014 11:38 am
    Simple the Ghanaian strikers for Brazil 2014 are, 1. Gyan 2.Warris, 3.Boakye 4.Accam [ Fast winger, schemer cum i] 4. Antwi. I know coach AA will put Ghana first instead of favouritism
  • A concerned citizen... says:
    May 03, 2014 11:39 am
    Simple the Ghanaian strikers for Brazil 2014 are, 1. Gyan 2.Warris, 3.Boakye 4.Accam [ Fast winger, schemer cum striker] 4. Antwi. I know coach AA will put Ghana first instead of favouritism
  • A concerned citizen...222 says:
    May 03, 2014 11:41 am
    5. Antwi
  • Pinkus says:
    May 03, 2014 12:22 pm
    this forum is meant to help us raise a winning team. No insults please if you disagree on something. The truth however is that Accam is far ahead of Boakye Yiadom in terms of goal scoring ability. While Boakye scores one goal in fourteen matches, Accam scores at least a goal in every match. We all saw Boakye at the under 2o where even Assifuah was much better. Everybody who watched the under 20 tournament we observe that Boakye burns out quickly in a tournament. Accam and Assifuah have much more to offer at the world cup than Jordan and Boakye Yiadom. Note that Paul Kpoga is playing for the french national team and Assifuh had a higher goal scoring rate at the under 20 than Kpoga.
  • Papa Sly says:
    May 03, 2014 12:47 pm
    Watch David Accam here he is very vetry very good. Better than Boakye!
  • Paul says:
    May 03, 2014 12:51 pm
    This journalist is confused. You don't rubbish somebody to promote somebody. Boakye should rather be considered ahead of accam and jordan but the still has the final say so we are all waiting for the arrival of the provisional list for scrutiny.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    May 03, 2014 01:55 pm
    If AA wants to go by facts then ASSIFUAH should be his first pick. He won the golden boot in the just ended u20s WC. He is fast and a finisher. All that AA has to do is to figure out how to pair him up with the strikers and other players we have. After Assifuah I do not really care who else AA picks. You should all go and watch again on youtube how hardworking and precise Assifuah is in front of goal. Ghana really needs players who are efficient in front of goal.
  • johnny says:
    May 03, 2014 09:35 pm
    Accam's speed, skill and accuracy put him far ahead of Boakye and Jordan.
  • Adebayo says:
    May 03, 2014 10:33 pm
    Sentimental, emotional arguments won't send Ghana anywhere! These are all different types of strikers. a coach will pick one or the other to supplement what he already has. Boakye and Jordan may have a physical presence Accam doesn't have, Accam may have the speed neither Boakye nor Jordan have. Besides, the coaches tactics will consider each players total teamwork, not just his goal scoring ability! Over to you AA!