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EK Afranie hits back at Damba, insists Stephen Adams is good enough for the Black Stars

Published on: 30 January 2014
Stephen Adams' super performance at CHAN is a subject of intense debate in Ghana

By Patrick Akoto

Legendary Ghanaian coach EK Afranie has dismissed Abubakar Damba’s claims that Stephen Adams is not matured enough to merit a place in the Black Stars squad.

The ex-Ghanaian goalkeeper claimed this week that the 24-year-old was not ripe enough to be rushed into the Black Stars despite excelling at the ongoing CHAN tournament in South Africa.

He insists his progression into the team needs to be slow as it could cripple his international career if he doesn’t meet expectations.

"He needs to learn from the side lines, before he can be robed in for the main Black Stars team. But I think he is a prospect in the near future, so he needs to be encouraged," Damba said

"Although I don’t think the time is due for him to guard the Stars post or get a call-up into the main team, he needs to be called as a fourth goalkeeper to under-study the team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"If he is rushed and unfortunately things don’t go on well, we will kill his spirit and that will be the end for him.”

However Afranie disagrees and has launched a subtle response to the claims, insisting the Aduana Stars shot-stopper is developed enough to be in post.

“I don’t the basis for the claims but I think he (Adams) is more than ripe for the Black Stars,” he noted.

“What else does he need to do to show us of his capabilities? CHAN may not be close to the World Cup stage but it’s also a big stage.

“Look at the quality of the performance of the various teams. I have been in love with that guy for his heroics.

“He has been outstanding and deserves to be in the team if he continues like this.

“Was that not the same situation with Daniel Agyei before he was robed into the team? So what are people talking about?

“He also deserves a chance to prove his worth. If we don’t try him how can we then conclude that he is not matured yet?  The young man has been consistent for his team and you say what?

He emphasized: I will go for him at anytime. The national team belongs to all Ghanaians and so if you’re doing well, you must be encouraged.”

Adams shattered Damab’s criticism when he emerged the hero during the shootouts which saw Ghana defeat Nigeria to set-up a final showdown against Libya on Saturday.


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • GHFUO, change ur MENtality says:
    January 30, 2014 09:51 pm
    damba is just looking out for dauda bcos of stomack talk. we dont want no inactive players in brasil. dauda is clearly not active and very rusty. so drop him and take adams.
  • Adams deserve senior Team says:
    January 30, 2014 08:19 pm
    suppose Kwarasey is local player could he has save Ghana in this situation! never. Adams is better than Olele interms of penalty shout out.Askantwi or whatever your name! tell me when was the last time Ghanaian keeper has perfomed like this? l remembered only Edward Ansah who else in our era
  • askantwi says:
    January 30, 2014 06:31 pm
    He was good, but not great. He committed some basic mistakes. During the last moment of the game against Nigeria, he did well to prevent that last minute goal. However, he shouldn't have allowed the player to head the ball in the first place right in front of him. He should have come out to punch the ball away. The Nigerian player did not do well with the header. Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew or Wariss would have put the ball away easily. Also, the Nigerians hit the cross bar during the game. The keeper missed the ball when he went up for it with his outstretch hand. Luckily the ball hit the cross bar. That could have been another goal against us. All in all, the keeper has done well for Ghana but I will not pick him for the World Cup.