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Anxiety hits Black Stars players as Ghana names AFCON squad today

Posted On Thursday, 13th December 2012
Anxiety is growing among Ghana players as their squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will be named on Thursday afternoon (1400GMT).

The Black Stars players are keen to know which players will play for the country at the AFCON

Anxiety is growing among Ghana players as their squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations will be named on Thursday afternoon (1400GMT).

Coach Kwesi Appiah has kept his cards very close his chest without giving away any hints of the identity of the players to be named.

This has sparked some tension among the players both at home and abroad as no places are guanrateed because of the intense competition for places in the squad.

Coach Appiah, unlike previous coaches, has given the chance to many players on the periphery of the squad with many impressing and challenging known regulars for their places.

This has resulted in Black Stars players based in Europe making frantic calls to their families and friends at home as well as journalist to find out if they have been named even in speculatory squads.

Some players like captain Asamoah Gyan, midfielders Kwadwo Asamoah, Agyemang Badu, , Anthony Annan, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, and defender John Boye and Isaac Vorsah can breathe easy because they can be guaranteed places becasue of their recent performances in the squad.

The right and left back positions are still problems for coach Appiah while ex-captain John Mensah is not sure if he will be picked.

This has led to uncertainty over the choice of John Paintsil, Harrioson Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Daniel Opare for the right-back position.

At the left back position Portugal-based David Addy, Berekum Chelsea’s Richard Kissi, versatile Mubarak Wakasso are all not sure if they will be named by the coach.

The fight for the replacement for tough midfielders Annan and Agyemang is also intense as Derek Boateng and Rabiu Mohammed are all in with a chance as well as Sulley Muntari who is just recovering from injury.

Apart from striker Asamoah Gyan, the other attackers like Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Clottey, Abdul Majeed Waris and Richard Boakye Yiadom are also unsure if they will grab their places in the squad leading to some anxiety.

Berekum Chelsea midfielder Solomon Asante could be the only out-field locally-based player to make the squad.

Ghana are in Group B against DR Congo, Niger and Mali at the tournament which runs from 19 January to 10 February.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. The truth says:

    John paintsil , David Addy, Harrison Afful, Solomon Asante should make the squad otherwise coach AA has some serious explanations to do

  2. nana says:

    richard kissi boateng and david addy should be selected for the squad to fight for the starting slot on the left back.

    Wakaso has to make it.

    Asked for the right back slot I don’t know.

  3. Papa Nkrumah says:

    The Ayew brothers must either make the trip together or be dropped together. If one is dropped the performance of the other will be affected because of psychological reasons

  4. Mochacho-USA says:

    What has Abeyie to Ghanaians journalist n coach AA,such that no one mention him as a posible member,we all know how good this player is n how his perfomance has being in the recent years

  5. Siasia(waris brother) says:

    Majeed abdul waris(king of sweden)must be given nod because for now he is goodshape and can make difference in the team.wakaso should also picked because of his consistance and great perfomance at espanyol

  6. dede says:

    @Mochacho USA,the reason is because Abeyie is not a discipline player.

  7. smart boy says:

    AA should not make a mistake by not inviting DAVID ADDY for the leftback,the is really GOOD

  8. smart boy says:

    AA should not make a mistake by not inviting DAVID ADDY for the leftback,the is really GOOD,be careful

  9. Desmond says:

    Is Solomon Asante the only Local Player we have in Ghana ..Damn

  10. smart boy says:

    AA should not make a mistake by not inviting DAVID ADDY for the leftback,the is really GOOD,be careful ,we dis afcon will be really toff

  11. Son jazzy says:

    Devid Addy must make the squad currently our best in form left back, of he gets overlooked again AA must have a good explanation. Also Afful and paintsil at right back

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