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2014 World Cup: Stephen Appiah urges fans' patience for returning injured players

Published on: 14 April 2014
Michael Essien

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has urged fans to measure the criticism of players who are recuperating from injuries with the 2014 World Cup approaching. 

Coach Kwesi Appiah is grappling with a number of injuries situations ahead of the World Cup.

AC Milan duo Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari are all sidelined with injuries while there is uncertainty over the return date for defender Isaac Vorsah.

France-based striker Abdul Majeed Waris only returned to action for Valencciennes last week after recovering from a setback.

There are fears the lack of fitness of some of their key stars could affect their sharpness ahead of the global piece in Brazil.

But former Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah is rallying fans to be patient with players who are on their road to recovery.

“When you return from injury, it will take time for you to get the rhythm, the confidence and all that so I am pleading with soccer fans to exercise patience when it comes to that level,” Appiah is quoted by Radio XYZ

The Africans are drawn in a difficult group G which comprises of USA, Germany and Portugal.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Dr Who says:
    April 15, 2014 05:16 am
    Essien & Muntari are good players but any good coach will not pair them in the middle because they are slow and lack pace to recover when Ghana is not in possession of the ball.
  • Sammy the Sheriff says:
    April 15, 2014 02:58 am
    Askantwi or whatever his name is is talking from his anus. Essien and Muntari are playing regularly at a big club and just got nibbed, not seriously. We need those two experienced players in the team for their calm influence when things are not working. It is foolish to "diss" them. John Mensah is too old and injury proned. Don't get fooled by his football age of 31, the guy is more like 45 and he should not even make the initial 30 man squad likewise goalkeeper Kingson, another 45 year old grandpa.
  • Benito says:
    April 15, 2014 01:18 am
    A dead lion can be fearful than a live dog,essien,muntari you can't down play their experience besides their injuries ain't that serious.the blend of experience and youthful and hungry players is the way to go in this world.
  • Murtala says:
    April 14, 2014 10:54 pm
    No need what so ever to take half fit players to world cup.
  • lion-fire says:
    April 14, 2014 10:55 pm
    When ghana played Zambia and Egypt, all Ghanaians were full of praise for Essiens great show and Muntari too against Egypt. These guys have not suffered any long term injuries since then. Why are they not good all of a sudden. Patience is what Stephen Appiah is asking for because these guys have the confidence to stand toe to toe with the Star players of Germany and Portugal. Mind games by these staff players is part of the game and we need guys who have been there won the champions League, top leagues around the world puke Essien, Asamoah, KPB, muntari
  • askantwi says:
    April 14, 2014 10:37 pm
    You just said it. when you returned from injury, it takes time to get back to the level that you should be. So why AA should pick them for Brazil. Sorry, when you get sidelined, another player in form takes up your place. We are pressed for time. No room for error. We can't take someone who is trying to get in shape and not match fit. Whether he be Essien, Muntari, Vorsa or John Mensah. Please.
  • askantwi says:
    April 14, 2014 10:45 pm
    Appiah should concetrate on the young stars, like Atsu, Jordan, Wariss, Acheampong, Frimpong, Acquah, Rabiu and Adoma, and mixed them up with Andre, Annan, Badu, Asamoah, Gyan, Kevin, Inkoom, Opare, Akaminko, Sumaila, Jonathan, Boye, Kwarassey, Fatau and Adams. I say Essien, Muntari, Vorsa and John Mensah should be dropped. They'll just take up space and shortchanged us. Akwasi Appiah, be brave and do the right thing.