Ghana name final 2013 AFCON squad, Sumaila dropped

Breaking News: Sumaila dropped from final Ghana squad for 2013 AFCON

Rashid Sumaila fails to make final Ghana squad for 2013 AFCON

By Ameenu Shardo

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has left out home-based defender Rashid Sumaila in his final squad for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Black Stars trainer revealed his final squad for the tournament on Wednesday one month after he announced his provisional 26-man squad for the tournament.

Appiah had the easy task of dropping just one player after Andre Ayew was left out on Monday following uncertainity over his fitness.

Yahaya Mohammed, the local league’s leading scorer was also dropped last week after he suffed a groin injury that will keep him out for about four weeks.

This means the Black Stars squad for the Africa Cup of Nations features 10 players from the group that was knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual champions Zambia in the last edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The local league has four outfield players in the team with two players; Solomon Asante and Richard Kissi Boateng coming from the 2012 CAF Champions League campaigners Berekum Chelsea.

The others, goalkeepers Fatau Dauda and Daniel Agyei play for Ashgold and Liberty Professionals respectively.

As many as 11 players are debutants in the competition which means there are many young players in the squad who are hungry to achieve success.

Coach Kwesi Appiah trimmed his squad to 23 at the training camp in the United Arab Emirates, where Ghana will play friendlies against Egypt and Tunisia.

Ghana will be seeking to win a fifth Africa Cup of Nations title, when the tournament gets underway in South Africa from 19 January.

The Black Stars, though, have not won the continent’s top prize since 1982, when they beat Libya 7-6 on penalties in the final.

Final Ghana squad for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold), Daniel Adjei (Liberty Professionals)

Defenders: John Paintsil (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Israel), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Richard Kissi Boateng (Berekum Chelsea), Wakaso Mubarak (Espanyol, Spain), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg United, South Africa).

Midfielders: Christian Atsu (FC Porto, Portgal), Anthony Annan (Osasuna, Spain), Derek Boateng (Dnipro Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Evian, France), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea).

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance, Tunisia), Boakye Yiadom (Sassuolo, Italy), Albert Adomah (Bristol City, England).

Do you think coach Akwasi Appiah made the right call by dropping Rashid Sumaila?

Is the final 23-man squad good enough to end Ghana’s 31-year wait for the African Cup?

Make your thoughts known by commenting on the dialogue box below:

READERS COMMENTS

  1. yopoo says:

    Akwesi Appiah go and play the 3 matches and bring the boys home you are too harsh short tempered coach don’t go far in football.

  2. Union Leader says:

    This will not happen anywhere in the world except in Ghana. You go into a tournament of this huge magnitude and leave your most dynamic and creative player out on such a stupid ground of failing to report to camp within the stipulated time when you know the player is nursing a slight injury but trying to heal with his club doctors before reporting,and yet everyone in this Nation of 25million thinks the Coach is justified in his decision. God help Mother Ghana !Either we don’t know what’s good(quality)or we are just plain stupid to see one (excuse my language). I hope as a Nation we don’t live to regret this one day !

    • Kwame says:

      You are the stupid one my friend. How should one player decides what to do. Can even the great Messi say that to his country? What did Essien do in similar situation in 2010, he reported to camp. What does your senseble player take us for? When masielle droped him on loan in 2009, he found it wise to come play for U20 in September and in January 2010 he was here again for AFCON. Today he thinks he has riped so he decides what is good for him. We wish he and pple like you all the best but he should remember that you cant walk over Ghana and go scote free, if he doubt he should ask Sulley Muntari, Essien, KP Boateng, Ballotelli etc and they will all tell him one thing dissaster is about to befall him, he would be snubed by massielle he will suffer very soon. Today cos of GH he is a BBC player of the year we shall see. Stupid dude like you union leader and Dede Ayew.

    • Fu-Chu says:

      You could not have stated it better. Akwasi Appiah has always hated Abedi and is doing the same to his kids. It is personal. When Gyan openly said he will not play anymore because of penalty mishaps, Akwasi went and begged for his return. What a “simple” minded coach. Ghana is doomed!

    • kwasi says:

      you stupid one ,fooish

    • Lèshaq says:

      you are contradicting your self ”slight inury” as assit coach in the past he has learnt from mistakes made in those era, by taking slightly injured players ony to aggrivait the injury ie Essien or remain rooted on bench ie shilla illiasu or play abisimaly like Gyan in the last CAN torney. Only a fool that does not learn from his mistakes. I rest my case.

      • maka says:

        Hey, was richard kissi boateng also not injured…just like andre? why was he not dropped? if it is about taking a gamble on injured players…and taking only fit players…kissi boateng shouldn’t have been there!

        Sannie Daara…your days are numbered over there at the GFA!

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      UNION,U ARE TOO STUPID TO SEE QUALITY. THATS IS UR PROBLEM. U FORGET THAT SOCCER IS A TEAM SPORT, NO INDIVIDUAL. EVEN WITH THE LIKES OF ABEDI, ODARTEY, YEBOA ETC WHERE DID GH REACH? EVEN BURUNDI BEAT GH!..OH LAWD!
      ITS A TEAM SPORT. FORGOTTEN SO SOON WHAT THE U20 DID AT AFCON ANGOLA? U WILL EAT UR WORDS IN A FEW WEEKS, DONT WORRY…

      IM CURIOUS TO SEE HOW ADOMA WILL FRUSTRATE DEFENDERS WITH HIS SPEED N SKILL IN AND AROUND THE 18YARD BOX…LOL
      CUTTIN SUMAILA ISNTHE BEST IDEA. KOTOKO NEED HIM MORE THAN GBSTAR AT THIS MOMENT. VERY IMPORTANT TO NOT OVERWORK THE LAD BCOS HE WILL NEED ALL HIS DEFENSIVE ENERGY TO HELP KOTOKO DEFEND THEIR TITLE, AND WITH CHAMPS LEAGUE….

  3. Kpogas says:

    Hmmmm we are watching. u’ve now seletcted ur liked player so we shall also blame u if u’re not able to bring the trophy back home. We’re backing u coach.

  4. Nana effah says:

    The coach knows what he’s doing.
    Lets give him our support.
    U might not like his selection buh as a Ghanaian,we have to support the coach and the players no matter what.
    All the best Ghana Black stars
    bring home the cup

  5. philip badu sarsah says:

    my problem is abt attaking midfield,why yahaya mohamed was droped?anthony annan’s form is nothing compare to yahaya,but he has been droped,coach appiah,watch out!!!!

  6. Nii Kwatei says:

    Isn’t is logical that Dede preferred his own doctor to the B/S-doctor. It is just normal. What would you prefer; a doctor you don’t know so well or your own familiar GP?
    And the sad thing is there is no conspiracy-like reluctance from Dede’s side at all. Ask him now, and he would still go through the fire just to play in the AFCON. But he can’t anymore. What a pity..

  7. Baron says:

    The coach has already hinted to Ghanaian soccer fans after this FRAFRA K3B3 selection how Zooku he the Kwasi Appiah is… ZOOKUN BANZA

  8. saxcee says:

    @Union Leader, i understand your frustration but things happen that you(or we) don’t know.
    Tell you what’ Ayew is hugely talented though but he already played 3 AFCON yet we havnt won anything. meaning he’s presence isnt necessarily a recipe for the cup.
    The BS just need to work hard as a team.
    To God be the Glory…

    • Fu-Chu says:

      Saxcee, paaa. Are you blaming lack of AFCON success on Ayew? That is wrong. He has been our best player in those games. Replacing him will be hard. Gyan is the one who cannot seem to find goals when we need it.

    • Asem says:

      Thanks!!sometimes it’s nice to read better and sensible comments!!Thanks again oo!!

    • anokwale says:

      You have spoken well. It is simply about working hard as a team. To be honest, none of our players are that dynamic that we can say they are “critical”. We are not like Togo where Adebayor makes a huge difference or Ivory Coast where Drogba can literally grab all the attention of the opposing defense. We have a number of good to very good role players and we seem to find ways to go far in tournaments. Whether we like it or not, last years fourth place finish was an accomplishment although we were all disappointed. We fielded a good team, but not a great team and we got caught not being able to score against Zambia in spite of superior possession.

  9. Kwaku ananse says:

    Ei so as usual you broke this news too befoe all the other websites including the gfa website

  10. Dr Who says:

    @Union leader,“the voice of the people is voice of God“.we got to the AFCON finals in 2010 without Essien,Appiah,Laryea and Painstil but got to the finals.Names don‘t win AFCON else Drogba led CIV would have won it for keeps.Trust me,this is a committed team with anger to prove a point.Is this team not better than what Zambia used to win 2012? Doubting Thomas‘s will eat a very big & fat humble pie! AFCON 2013 HERE WE COME!

  11. kingboat says:

    Coach AA, don’t mind the insults. MAY GOD BLESS U AND GUIDE U TO WIN THE CUP FOR US. My family & I support u and thd team.

  12. ricky says:

    I think these are quality players we have now ,let’s support the boy’s with prayer to achieve their goal.

  13. lance says:

    lets support the team no matter what happens.these guys are going to represent our colors in RSA.

  14. et canada says:

    Oh my brother( Union leader) u r soo right, i agree with everything u said. i heard a lots of people saying NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW, YES NOBODY SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW OR GHANA IF THEY R VERY HEALTHY. IN THIS CASE THE PLAYER WAS NOT HEALTHY AND AS A COACH A. APPIAH SHOULD HAVE BEEN SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT.I believe this is his last straw as a coach

  15. Abel says:

    @fu-chu, how many important goals have dede scored 4 Ghana?

    • Fu-Chu says:

      @Abel, go back and see the goals Dede scored against Mali in the last Afcon cup. He was dribbling like Messi when he scored. Gyan is a striker and should score more. In the World Cup against the U.S., Dede was the one who sent the ball deep for Gyan to score. Dede is critical to the success of this team, period! Come again!

    • Nissi says:

      @Abel. You don’t know football. In the last two AFCON, Dede scored important goals to send us through. Who scored to send us to the 1/4 finals in Angola after we were walloped by CIV ? Who scored to send us to the semis in AFCON 12? Dede of course. We need important player who score when it matters not the heartbreaker Gyan and co who are there to Dance Azonto and don’t care whether we loose or win. We are not saying that the team is bad. The team is good but we still need that can do spirit Dede possesses. He will rise to the occasion whenever the going gets tough.

  16. domain says:

    on what grounds should Awal Mohammed make the final squad ahead of Rashid Sumaila is kwesi appiah telling me that south african league is better then our local league?both rashid and awal played in the local league and Sumaila won the best defender,Sumaila went to all african games and by far was our best defender and helped Ghana to win gold. WHAT A FUCK OHHHH GHANA.

  17. kuuku philly says:

    Gud squad..all u haters can go to hell

  18. alaha says:

    @union leader…atsu is far better than dede.Dede is not even our best player in europe n he is not the messi or c. ronaldo of the B.S. Watch out for k.asamoah and atsu…the best players in the team.Dede is just an average player playing for an average club in europe.
    BS will play the best football this time.

    • nana says:

      your a fool . I have no issues if u say k. asamoah is our best playerbut pls just because u have seen atsu do tricks and go past a few players does not make him better than andre Andre bring drive a will to win, energy, encouragement to the team, not to mention he is a half decent playr. Atsu hasnt even started 5 games this season and is used as an impact plyer as he is still young and learning the game. he can be better but mate not yet not even close

  19. princr says:

    Did those important goals win the cup? Abeel.

  20. Prince says:

    How can the coach send an injured player or wait till he recovers before naming the final squad? Let us give where is due and call a spade a spade and not a a big spoon. If he (your so call darling boy) does change is attitude, he will not be selected for the world cup qualifies. Even the Messi who has won world best for four consecutive times humble himself not the Ayew. Whenever Ayew scores claim virtually everything by himself as if he alone dribbled all his opponent and scoring score without realizing that someone passed the ball to him to score. He he young but behave well at all times. He should be reminded that TALENT NEVER ENOUGH!
    Thanks.

  21. S k fortune says:

    I will simply describe Akwesi Appiah as FAILURE

  22. Kofi Osae-Attah says:

    I hope that ghana fire AA regardless if he wins or losses the african cup of nations

  23. oyoko says:

    Well let see wat hapin

  24. Union Leader says:

    Atsu might be better than Dede but he’s painfully untested within this terrain @ alaha. Asamoah on the otherhand does not handle pressure very well. He has flopped miserably anytime he’s given a leading role in this team. Quite simply he’s not a Leader,Dede is. Dede should have been in this team on all counts,and we will soon found out why that is.

  25. Bemol says:

    Kwame and the likes thanks alot for the enlightment. I think we shld give credence to appiah,pantsil,john mensah,kwadwo,badu,annan,jona mensah,john boye,vorsah,sapei,layea and owusu for been so PATRIOTIC when ghana call. May the god almight that reward gud deeds richly bless you in jesus name amen.

  26. Siaka says:

    Aba! Ghanaians is time to support the coach to deliver rather than putting pressure on him.

  27. selfmade says:

    This squad doesn’t make nobody panic and we can’t win afcon with debutants who has no experience!!! This squad lacked depth and therefore the wait is still on!!!! The likes of quincy could have added depth but this atopa coach wouldn’t hear word from fans!!! We live to see!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  28. Prettytony says:

    Anyone who thinks atsu is better than Dede knows nothing about football…

  29. tesla addo says:

    Those saying Atsu is better than Dede should know that Dede has achieved a better pedigre than Atsu. It is therefore Atsu who should prove a point before we take him seriously. He is still a pretender. Some Ghanaians are not fair minded,however, Dede and Atsu, who is older?

  30. john amo quaye says:

    no matter wat will happen Ghana will come back when the game is over.even bacalona loss in a match.if by God grace we come back with the cup let all rejoice.it a game.not all with good team win trophies.

  31. kimco says:

    @ prince- i know this is childish on my part but u’re ryt…even when dede has scored he behaves as if he’s the one that scored the goal taking all credit. That guy is an attention hoarder…selfish… He might have leadership qualities but he’s no leader.

  32. kimco says:

    @ fu-chu- oh yes dede sent that ball deep…after balloning it. He did his defensive duties but he had nothing to do with gyans goal. It was a solo effort. another esample people use is a badu’s afcon 2012 goal and if i recall correctly that goal too was mostly on badu part..ayew just passed the ball like any normal player would…it wasn’t ground breaking like some of u make it out to be. Stop sucking up to the guy. He’s good but not that good.

  33. The truth says:

    Why don’t we name the black stars, the ayew stars. Folks let Akwasi appiah do his job. If he chose to exclude ayew so be it! Ayew was given direct instructions and he dishonored it. Akwasi appiah was right to exclude him.

  34. john amo quaye says:

    brazil even with more than 500 players talented dont take trophies all the time.who knows spain were going to take the world cup lossing 4-0 against swezerland in the group stage .more vim Ghana

  35. danny alvez says:

    ghana paa… are we serious? look at some squad. im not even going to waste my time to watch the tournament,is just another broken heart.

  36. NANA YAW says:

    ADAM KWARASEY

    HARRISON AFFUL, JOHN BOYE, ISAAC VORSAH, WAKASO MUBARACK

    ANTHONY ANNAN, AGYEMANG BADU

    CHRISTIAN ATSU, ALBERT ADOMAH, KWADWO ASAMOAH

    ASAMOAH GYAN

    SUB:
    RABIU MOHAMMED
    DEREK BOATENG
    JOHN PAINTSIL
    RICHMOND BOAKYE YIADOM
    EMMANUEL CLOTTEY

  37. Muiztams says:

    @Abel flash bark ur mind on the important goals Dede Ayew scored for the Black Stars. He scored in 2010 Afcon to c us through to the semis. The only goal in that match against Burkina Faso, he again scored the last goal against Mali to see us ön top of our group in the last Afcon, scored to see us through to the semis once again, against Tunisia. My brother go get a life what are talking about.

  38. mukmin says:

    Anyone who says Atsu is better than Dede is a retard and has no business commenting on issues of football. Dede has won u-20 cups at continental and world level, silver and bronze at cup of nation was a top 3 and 5 contender for caf player of the year and also BBC player of the year. What has Atsu accomplished? He is talented but he has a lot to accomplish b4 he can be compared to Dede. Was he nominated in the top 50 for a African player of the year?

    • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

      ATSU IS A BETTER INDIVIDUAL PLAYER THAN DEDE.
      AA, PLS DONT LISTEN TO THESE FOOLS. THEY DONT KNOW ANYTHING. U WERE ON THE 82 SQUAD. U WON ALL AFRICA MAPIOTO. U HAVE BEEN IN THE TRENCHES FOR OVER 6 YRS AS A DEPUTY COACH. THIS IS UR TIME TO SHINE N LIFT THE TROPHY. SEE, THIS SQUAD AND THE 82 FR3 KO BO SQUAD SHARE SO MANY SIMILARITIES. MANY GHFUO FANS ARE NOT USED TO SUCH A SELECTION THAT LACKS HARDCORE INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS SO GHFUO ARE NATURALLY SKEPTICAL. MY ONLY ISSUE IS WITH THE JERSEYS. THIS AFCON WILL BE SEEN BY MANY ON TV AL OVER THE GLOBE AND IT PAINS ME THAT THAT GOLDCOAST MONKEY NYANATKYI COULD HAVE ANY FORESIGHT IN HAVING PUMA OR NIKE DESIGN A BETTER JERSEY FOR THIS TOURNAMENT.

      WE SHOULD JUS CONCENTRATE ON WINNING THE GROUP. NO FLASHINESS IN THE FIRST 3 GAMES. JUST SOLID NARROW WINS. NO GOALS AGAINST. PLAY STRICT DEFENSE. OUR DEFENDERS MUST MAKE SURE WE DONT CONCEDE ANY GOALS IN THE FIRST 3 GAMES AND CARRY THAT MOMENTUM INTO THE QUARTERS, SEMI N FINAL. THE TEAM SHOULD GET BETTER AND PLAY SKILLFUL AS WE PROGRESS. REFRAIN FROM BLOWING OUT OPPONENTS IN THE FIRST RD.

  39. Abuja says:

    Carpe Verdi hold Naija in a scorless affair!!!

  40. alaha says:

    @nana….dede holds onto the ball unneccessarily just to seek for attention(selfishness).he lacks that creativity n vision for defence splitting passes.he is no exceptional player to the bs.The fact that he always clap his hands when playing does not mean driving for a win.bs will do very well with or without him.he is just an average player.

  41. Fu-Chu says:

    Akwasi Appiah needs to go. He does not know how to manage players. He gives Gyan preferential treatment but dumps on Dede. Gyan will surely let him down. I have said before that Gyan is on the downward side of his career, that is why he settled on Middle East football.

  42. A. R.rahim. In europe says:

    u can be the player, u can be the captain, u can be the coach,u can be the fans,even u can be the kingkong banging on ur chest, Ayew already be the hero standing in the hall of fame and A.A is ur coach FOR the Moment so wisely we should miss Ayew and keep pushing A.A with support, u may not like somebody that doesn’t mean he/she is not good, we shoudn’t creat confusing between coach and the players in the team,Ayew i’m here to tell u that if u wanna be ontop respect is the key. respect who teaches u,i love u and ur coach..goodluck ghana.

  43. Abu says:

    What time is the match…or rather how many more hrs b4 kick-off?

  44. dadaba gonshots says:

    Well, there is no surprise here. I still feel dropping the Ayews was a mistake by AA. it was a rush and ill advised decision. In a world where one is spoilt for choice- like our BS Coach- you must be very tact and look at what you want/need not what you have. Our coach decided to take his decision based on what he has and not what he wants/needs. I still think AA is a below par coach for the BS. He has issues with people and he cannot use our Hearts to carry out a personal crusade against Abedi. Ofcourse I have changed my stance and I would still support him and the team in SA but trust me I would be the one holding the placard at the KIA that reads ‘SACK AA NOW!’ when he fails and I hope he doesnt though.

  45. Obed Game says:

    Look Ghanaians should calm down…..they need our prayers and we should give it to ‘em than throwin out words like we know what is going to happen in this coming tournament.In Fact they have send the squad to SA..so no need to argue my brothers..good or bad “we can still make it”

  46. Prettytony says:

    You people make me laugh,u can’t manage Dede but you wanted Balotelli in ur team..Kwesi Appiah n Nyantakyi are very very stupid

  47. Gimli says:

    What is done, is done. From now on, Ghanaians should stand united and wholeheartedly behind the Black Stars! Everyone is entitled to their opinion but for the moment we should leave aside our egos that did nothing than set turbulence inside the team. Team spirit and unity, no matter what!

  48. Shining Star says:

    The Original List

    Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Daniel Adjei, Fatau Dauda

    David Nii Addy, Harrsison Afful, John Boye, John Mensah, Vorsah, Opare, Jonathan Mensah

    Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Frimpong, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Afriyie Acquah, Mubarak Wakaso, Sulley Muntari, ‘KPB’, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Anthony Annan
    Emmanuel Clottey, Abdul Majeed Waris, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Jordan Ayew

  49. alaha says:

    u-are-a-big-fool-and-myopic