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2014 World Cup: Ghana coach Appiah includes Mahatma, Adusei in World Cup stand-by list

Published on: 16 May 2014
Mahatma Otoo has been placed on a new Black Stars list for the World Cup confirmed by FIFA

Ghana FA has revealed that coach Kwesi Appiah has put four players on the Black Stars stand-by list for the World Cup as they have now submitted  a provisional 30-man squad to FIFA.

Former Hearts of Oak striker Mahatma Otoo, Kwabena Adusei, goalkeeper Razak Brimah and Yussif Chibsah were included in the list submitted to the world governing body on Friday.

The four players will not train with the team in Accra or travel on the training tour of the United States and Holland, the Ghana FA said in a statement.

The quartet were not among the 26 players named by the coach for the World Cup on Monday during his press conference to announce his squad.

However, a list released by FIFA on Friday shows that the four players have been added to the squad for the Black Stars for the tournament in Brazil.

Click here to see the full list submitted by coach Kwesi Appiah to FIFA.

The GFA said in a statement that the four players have been put on the stand-by list as a precautionary measure.

"The Ghana Football Association wishes to announce that four players have been placed on the Black Stars stand-by list for the World Cup," the Ghana FA said in statement published on its website on Friday.

"Goalkeeper Razak Brimah, Kwabena Adusei, Yusif Chibsah Rahman and Mahatma Osumanu Otoo are on the Black Stars stand-by list.

"The four players will not train with the team in Accra or travel with the team their training tour of Holland and the United States of America.

"Coach Kwesi Appiah has spoken to all the four players to explain to them the rationale behind his decision to add them to his already-announced 26-man squad.

"The decision is to ensure that the players stay fit while they are on holidays if there is a last minute decision to include them in the final squad."

Appiah released the squad of 26 players which was widely praised by the public for choosing the right players and it is not known if these four players have been placed on the stand-by list.

Otoo, who played for Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak before moving to Norway, has hit a rich vein of form for Songdal resulting in his outstanding start in the Norwegian top-flight.

Adusei, the powerful Kotoko central defender, excelled at the recent African Nations Championship which might have resulted in him being added to the list.

Brimah excelled in the friendly against Turkey but the form of Aduana Stars shot-stopper Stephen Adams means that Spain-based goalkeeper Brimah will be placed on the stand-by list.

Talented midfielder Yussif Chibsah has also impressed in the Italian Serie A this season which resulted in his call-up for the Japan friendly and he will also get his chance.

Ghana's provisional 30-man roster:

Goalkeepers:Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Jerry Akaminko (Kisehirspor), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux), David Accam (Helsingborg)

Players on Stand-by: Razak Brimah (Cordoba, Spain), Kwabena Adusei (Kotoko) Yussif Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy) and Mahatma Otoo (Songdal, Norway).

What do you think about the four players added to the Ghana squad? Make your views known in the box below:


  • Assemblyman says:
    May 16, 2014 07:03 pm
    Hehehe! Does this guy and his team play everyday? I don't know but I read from here on GSN that he scored in a game yesterday too and today he scored or is it just a repeat of yesterday's story ! Smh
  • frank says:
    May 16, 2014 06:56 pm
    AA will fail big time because of the treatment on boakye yiadom. How can you exclude a Spanish base player boakye yiadom in the squad. I don't think ur serious with ur work coach kwesi appiah. U will fail fail fail
  • redd says:
    May 16, 2014 06:22 pm
    Richmond boakye yiadom went to CAN 2013 with an injury.And just when he was almost getting fit to play he stood up all nite playing table tennis and aggravating the injury.This is the reason AA doesn't want to see him near the stars.
  • HNH says:
    May 16, 2014 05:50 pm
    Does Kwasi Appiah have anything personal against Richmond Boakye-Yiadom? It is unfathomable that the gaffer rates Mahatma Otoo ahead of RBY. Holy moly!
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    May 16, 2014 05:50 pm
    I don't understand what guys are agitated about. 23 players are supposed to be the final list to be submitted to FIFA for the tournament. What Kwasi Appiah has done is he submitted 30 names of which 6 will be dropped. By his calculation, the 4 just mentioned are already dropped. They have no chance of bring in the team. That's why he did not include them at the press conference. Of the 26 names he submitted at the press conference, he will drop 3 after closely monitoring them at training/practice. I have no worry with his selection.
  • ohenegyangodfred(shapito) says:
    May 18, 2014 12:23 am
    Life is not how u see it but how u make it.Try your best n igo be......(shapito says so).
  • selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 10:33 pm
    @ Benny... KWASIA u scared now!! And are u talking about your father!! The last time I checked your NONSENSICAL FATHER has used your LAME DICK for SIKA DURO and hence your IMPOTENCY haha!!! I also find out that your SHITTY SLUT WHORE of a mother normally FART BY HEART AND ANYWHERE because your BAD BREATH FATHER used her dirty dross for sika DURO .... hahhaa!!! I know your dirty grandmother ll strike your LONG BALLS with AKUMA becasus she hurt a RETARDED GRANDSOM like u hahahaaa!!! Motherfucker!!
  • benny says:
    May 17, 2014 01:54 pm
    Selfmade idiot who will impersonate a loser fuckn chicken wanker. You have no balls and believe in African juju shit.Turn to Haiti , idiot. They'll have somebody killed in instant with vuodu incantations. You're such a dirty backward pillock. I thought those things don't exist anymore. In Ghana. You epitomises everything low life. A villager.
  • McDonald says:
    May 17, 2014 07:02 am
    @Assembly man Mahatma plays in the same league as Kwarassay so check your facts before coming out. You hate blindly
  • selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 02:39 am
    @ Edward Maryland... U too smart for me to insult u!! U alway make good points and keep it up!! Someone is using my I.d. name to insult u!! I ll never insult u
  • Ken says:
    May 17, 2014 03:13 am
    Mr Scholar, what is the meaning of standby? What are they standby for? They are replacements in-case of injuries etc. Can these guys really represent Ghana in Brazil should there be injuries? This is a serious issue, let's just pray that all our stars stay healthy.
  • Selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 12:01 am
    Wilson,what do you do for Ghana.foolish idiot,find work to do.Kwasia
  • Selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 12:04 am
    Edward you are too known,are the coach.Kwasia ponko.Do you have to Maryland against your name?have l attached berekum to my name.ottoolege.Kwasiafunu.
  • Selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 12:07 am
    Another fool called Redd,why would AA have anything against Boakye Yiadom.You speak with no sense.Gyimifooo.
  • selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 12:13 am
    The person using my I.d. name, ALLAH LL STRIKE U DOWN WITH CAR ACCIDENT where ever u are and the accident LL kill u and your entire family!! Your days are number and the gods in ghana as well as the RIVER GODS and all the witches LL strike your kids with DEADLY EFIE DISEASE!!! U are dead man walking dude!!
  • selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 12:20 am
    To all the sensible fellas here, someone is using my I.d. name to insult u because I hurt that fool on the other thread and since he can't stand me, he has resorted to this cheap shit!! Don't mind that loser because y'all know I don't insult Ghanaians but foreigners who insult us!! I ll never insult Ghanaians!!
  • selfmade says:
    May 17, 2014 12:22 am
    To the person impersonating me, MAY ANTOA NYAME strike u down with EPILEPSY!! May NSU TANO strike u down with HEART SEIZURE whiles driving!!! If u use my I.d. name again to say bullshit, MAY NSU BOBO in I.coast strike u down whiles typing my name!! U dealing with someone u have no idea of!!
  • texas says:
    May 16, 2014 10:00 pm
    Do most of you guys that moment here and criticize just anything really read and research before doing so? It's stated that these players are stand bys, yet folks are talking trash and displaying their ignorance for all to see. Brazil came out with 23 players, yet in another publication they named stand by players. Brazil now has 30 players listed on fifa site as the 30 man provisional squad requested by fifa. So is Ghana and all the 32 national teams. What do some of you guys want GFA and coach AA to do? This is sickening.
  • Boro says:
    May 16, 2014 10:07 pm
    @ Ken: Well what i mean more call ups with the BS when i say opportunies before waris came and seized it. He has therefore dropped down the perking and needs to work harder.
  • Anokwale says:
    May 16, 2014 10:54 pm
    Exactly. Most of these people just want to talk by heart. People can make all the arguments they want but at the end of the day, other than Gyan, there is not one Ghanaian player I would say is a guaranteed multi-goal scorer at the WC. Therefore, arguing about all these other players is really not that important. Whether RBY or Otoo, neither is yet a high end player so who cares. I am sure they will both contribute in the future but why all the fuss? They are mere standbys who are unlikely to be called anyway.
  • James says:
    May 16, 2014 08:20 pm
    No serious coach or intelligent coach will exclude boakye yiadom in his squad considering the tough opposition his facing but still performing in the Spanish league. I can't support bad mind or evil attitude so I'm not supporting GH.
  • OHENENANA says:
    May 16, 2014 08:23 pm
    He should have put Boakye Rahman Ainoonson and Nuru Sulley on the stand-by list 2 u20 players with blackstar expirience and two local players that did well at the CHAN the defenders and goal keepers in the GPL are good but the strikers are not good enough the last few seasons no striker has hit more than 20 goals and that is a shame if you cant score 20 in our local league how do you expect to become a top striker in a top european or first striker of the blackstars
  • James says:
    May 16, 2014 08:25 pm
    Bad attitude on part of AA for not including Boakye yiadom in the squad. He's the only GH striker plying his trade in the toughest league in the world and performing greatly as well. Coach AA this can't make this chap flop in his career wai. God is watching
  • Selfmade says:
    May 16, 2014 08:26 pm
    Are you JJ the serial killer,idiot .Kwasia.bidat
  • Boro says:
    May 16, 2014 08:36 pm
    Hahahahaha some people are here broken-hearted on RBY. Well this guy has had opportunities more any of our strikers in this team except gyan but blew it. I personaly think he has the best of turning and sure of scoring one in any two opportunities. However his lack of stamina and energy to put pressure on opponents defense makes him drop down the perking against the others.
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 16, 2014 08:59 pm
    Thanks for the correction boss.But 4 goals should tell you RBY has a chance ahead of him.RBY has a goal more so what about that one ?
  • Vaasa says:
    May 16, 2014 07:06 pm
    Coach AA do you think ur discouraging boakye yiadom or wat? whether you exclude him or not he will be one of the big big players GH wl ever produce. U don't know anything AA tweaaaaaa apuuuuu
  • zack says:
    May 16, 2014 07:09 pm
    AA is a joke big time or dem juju him. well maybe he's blind cux how can you exclude Rby in ur team. stupid coach AA
  • Ken says:
    May 16, 2014 07:13 pm
    We have Richmond Boakye Yiadom who is playing against the world's best players in Spain like Messi and Rolando, and you called Mahatma Otoo?
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 16, 2014 07:20 pm
    Mahatma doesn't hv much goals as compared to RBY.Moreover,to make matters worse Mahatma plays in the Norwegian second division league and how can he be better than RBY.Besides he hasn't scored any goal yet senior level whiles RBY has got goals there. Some of these reasons I don't trust Akwasi Appiah .
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 16, 2014 07:24 pm
    Yes because Mahatma plays with a second division club in Norway whiles Akwasi Appiah is also dumb.thats all.
  • anokwale says:
    May 16, 2014 07:48 pm
    Edward: You are correct. Once again, Ghanaians are quick to criticize for no reason. These four are unlikely to play. Maybe Brimah if there is a serious injury to one of the goalies or Adusei if something goes terribly wrong with the defenders. Otoo and Chisbah probably just there because he sees that they are most fit attacking players. The other people might actually have some injury issues that we the general public do not know about. Reserves should the healthiest, not the best. I like Richmond Boakye-Yiadom myself but I suspect there is a nagging injury somewhere.
  • obi says:
    May 16, 2014 07:50 pm
    u wont complain the addition of edusei instead of nuru sulley but keep talking about mahatma otoo who is scoring regularly.He is playing in Norwegian premier league and not 2nd division. He has four goals in five matches so far if u don't know
  • malik says:
    May 16, 2014 08:08 pm
    aaaaa kwasi A, why ? Yiadom and Baba Rahman should be named here rather these...eee Ghana hmmm
  • Spirit says:
    May 16, 2014 05:47 pm
    @Viber, I sometimes don't understand why those who perceive they are well informed about issues cant just make their comments without attacking the general views of others on this site. What would happen to you if you speak your mind without using words you wouldn't accept on others. Some one owns this site and can decide to bring what ever story they think deserves the views of their readers. If you are so informed and think every body should know what you know then do us a favor by swallowing the insults with some dignity and show us your website so we can be better informed. Trust me if you knew what it takes to run and maintain a site like this you would choose your next words carefully because I have been there.
  • selfmade says:
    May 16, 2014 05:46 pm
    Yes that good.. I love the idea of edusei and I wish AINOOSON too
  • Paa Kofi says:
    May 16, 2014 05:42 pm
    This is no fresh list. GSN is just sensationalizing it. I am sure the players know all along or KA just decided not to mention it because they are just standbys and going nowhere unless something drastic happens.
  • 21guns says:
    May 16, 2014 05:26 pm
    Why don't you allow the coach to do his job,...everyone has the right to play black stars
  • wilson says:
    May 16, 2014 04:40 pm
    instead of chibsah, it should have been augustine okrah.
  • texas says:
    May 16, 2014 04:48 pm
    Masa Wilson instead of Augustine okrah I should have been you got your favorite players, the coach knows which players can perform when called to duty. Good call AA.
  • jj says:
    May 16, 2014 04:49 pm
    Is this a flipping joke. Wtf is thisssss. Better players deserved this chance,even vorsah. Patheticccccc. I was soo happy in the beggeinning then this dreadful news. patheticcc
  • Ernest says:
    May 16, 2014 04:54 pm
    Appiah is the manager!! And we Ghanaians trust him thats why he is still our head coach. So what he needs from us is prayers for them to excel in the tournament
  • Spirit says:
    May 16, 2014 04:59 pm
    seriously, if that is true then AA is diminishing the trust he now has from the wide majority of us who believed he knows what he wants to do in brazil. He had every right to provide a 30 man squad but took away the stress of presenting the 23 players. Even deciding on the 3 to go out has left many asking questions and am wondering if he just brought them in to help escort the 3 along with them. This is unbelievable
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 16, 2014 05:02 pm
    Comedy by GFA's obvious none of these 4 players are going no where.Mahatma Otoo should dare not dream about a World Cup.being honest ,which of those strikers already named in the previous 26 man squad is he going to beat to make it to the final 23?its not about hating on him but Already the striking department is chocked with better strikers.This is just a concert party show .hahaha.. Out this fresh list I believe razak Brimah seem to be the one to make it.should someone there be honest enough to drop inactive Dauda . I am surprised Bernard Kumordzi and nana Akwasi asare are failing to be called,when our left side of defense can be easily filled by asare and Kumordzi could easily have been an understudy to Essien..well,GFA we are watching you ooo
  • tumbor says:
    May 16, 2014 05:09 pm
    You guys know what training horses are? Just chill
  • Spirit says:
    May 16, 2014 05:14 pm
    There can be only one logical and acceptable explanation for this breaking news. And that could be this players are stepping in to play the match against the local black stars to reserve the energy of some players in the 26 man squad. Better still if that is the brain behind then the coach should have thought of it earlier and proven he has everything covered by naming his 30 man squad at a go. What ever the reason, this is just unacceptable because he who fails to plan, plans to fail.
  • papa nkrumah says:
    May 16, 2014 05:18 pm
    On another note, usa is really making me sad. Instead of strategising on how to get points off Portugal, they are hinging the success of their campaign on beating Ghana first. They fail to realise that Ghana will be the most difficult so they need to focus on beating Portugal and Germany to qualify. Sadly, even though it is my wish that we qualify with them following, it looks like they are not ready to take their destiny into their own hands.
  • Viper says:
    May 16, 2014 05:19 pm
    These players make up the 30 man list as mandated by FIFA but the coach cut them loose and won't be part of thee 26 called. GSN be fucking professional.
  • Kwabena says:
    May 16, 2014 05:21 pm
    Well i do not have problem for mahatma and kwabena Adusei but will replace chibsah with gyimah and braimah with olele. Honestly speaking if i believe if we talk about the best four goalkeepers in Ghana that will include olele.
  • Viper says:
    May 16, 2014 05:15 pm
    Idiotic GSN at it again,ofcourse it is mandatory to have a 30 man list but the coach chose to have 26,these four players are included as standbys and will not be part of the 26 man camp.
  • Viper says:
    May 16, 2014 05:23 pm
    Oh and these players probably know and were informed of their exclusion,so why is GSN sensationalising a non story? And ofcourse the trolls will sink their teeth into it,as you can see above.
  • Ken says:
    May 16, 2014 09:42 pm
    Please do your research well. RBY has done well in Black Stars shirt than Otoo. He rescued us from a big disgrace in China when even Gyan couldn't find the back of the net. How many goals has Otoo scored in Black Stars shirt?