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Appiah to chose between Awal or Sumaila to make final Ghana squad

Published on: 08 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Coach Akwasi Appiah will drop one central defender in order to arrive at his final Ghana squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

With six players, the central defensive department is the most saturated in the now provisional 24-man squad for the tournament to be hosted in South Africa.

This also follows the drop out of players in the striking and midfield department with Yahaya Mohammed and Andre Ayew missing out through injuries.

Akwasi Appiah will make a choice between Awal Mohammed and Rashid Sumaila with John Boye, Isaac Vorsah and Jonathan Mensah securing their place in the team.

Turkish-based Jerry Akaminko is also proving a very popular candidate amongst the Black Stars technical team.

Rashid Sumaila’s calm, collected and skillful posture even under pressure in defence is one striking quality he has going for him.

His inexperience at the Nations Cup stage however proves to be a major minus.

Though Awal Mohammed is also untested in a Black Stars shirt, the fact he knows the South African terrain and environment with his time with Maritzburg United helps his case.

His intimidating build and uncompromising nature is one needed for a championship side Ghana hopes to be in South Africa.

Either ways, coach Akwasi Appiah will certainly have to cut one to meet Wednesday’s deadline of submission of final squads for this month’s competition.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • paa Joe says:
    January 08, 2013 10:10 am
    Drop Jonathan Mensah he has not touch a ball for his club about three months , because of injure. Mensah is wasting a space. We dont in injure player in the team
  • gentle john says:
    January 08, 2013 10:55 am
    Kwesi Appiah does not know what he is doing and i very sure he will bring shame to Ghana.
  • jon says:
    January 08, 2013 12:28 pm
    between de 2, awal mhd is far better than rashid sumaila in terms of composure,,confidence,,experience etc,,,i watched kotoko/RTU..kotoko/faisal matches and rashid wasnt convincing,,,coach kwasi appiah was even dere ,
  • Ghanaman says:
    January 08, 2013 01:01 pm
    gentle john you are an idiot. Kwesi Appiah is the best!
  • May his peace prevails says:
    January 08, 2013 02:06 pm
    Ghana man? Are you ok?
  • yaw2 says:
    January 08, 2013 02:12 pm
    AA will prove all those calling for his head wrong.No more whites coaches for Ghana againg.Only local coach can win a trophy for Ghana.Support is what local coaches need, not pull him down.All enemies of progess will fail.
  • junior mafia says:
    January 08, 2013 03:27 pm
    @gentle john u r a bush man. AA wil shame al haters