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EXCLUSIVE: Ghana coach meets SA-based duo Fatau Dauda and Rashid Sumaila

Published on: 21 April 2014
From left: Kwesi Appiah, Fatau Dauda and Rashid Sumaila.

By Rahim Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah met goalkeeper Fatau Dauda and Rashid Sumaila as he rounds up his monitoring of player ahead of the naming of his World Cup squad on 13 May.

Appiah was in the VIP section of the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg as he watched centre-back Sumaila impress for Sundowns against Moroka Swallows.

Appiah then held short meeting with Orlando Pirates keeper Dauda and Sumaila before the later emplaned to Bloemfontein where Pirates were set to play this weekend.

From all indications, the two players could make the provisional in the 30-man squad that will be announced next month.

Appiah is expected back in Ghana on Wednesday to finalize his selected players for the tournament in Brazil.

Ghana will play the Netherlands, 2010 World Cup losing finalists, in Rotterdam on 31 May in a pre-tournament friendly.


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  • Benny says:
    April 21, 2014 11:18 am
    I can't believe AA went all the way to see bench warmers.Well there is more than meet the eye.AA doesn't seem to know the opportunity Ghana has given him.One time he was security guy at Clapham now a whole coach of glorious black stars. I don't for a minute believe his compatriot Keshi will exhibit such nativity, This is the time to break dawn and Marshall winnable strategies not trot around like a yoyo. I don't think he has any strategy other than selecting the players .God help us.l don't want to be a prophet of doom but l have a serious doubt about AA going to the World Cup. He should rather use such money for unnecesary travel to go and watch our opponents friendly matches when we are not playing.This what all the top coaches do.
  • texas says:
    April 21, 2014 12:00 pm
    Benny there is nothing wrong with AA going down to SA to monitor and hold talks with our players over there whether they are starters or bench warmers at their clubs. Those players played huge role in Ghana's qualification to Brazil 2014. They deserve very attention AA is giving them. In this case they will be at peace if it so happens that they don't make it to Brazil.
  • Benny says:
    April 21, 2014 12:32 pm
    Texas,you have a point but considering the clock tickling.Is he going to visit every player or selected few.He will at some point has to disappoint somebody.That is football.
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 21, 2014 12:33 pm
    ooh brother, please repeat that again...AA, why r u wasting time in SA?? which player from there can start for any african country, let alone ghana??? the man is clueless...God help us indeed.
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 21, 2014 12:42 pm
    You animals are evil. Why so much hate? What are you filthy apes doing with your lives to be hating on AA? let him do his job and do yours, if you even have one!!!
  • Ken says:
    April 21, 2014 01:09 pm
    @Benny, I think you you are little bit harsh on the coach. There should be a clear and definite reason for a coach to visit a player. One important reason is to find out if that player carries no injury, it's a common tendency for players to hide injuries to make the squad. Ghana has never assembled a 100% fit squad for many years which has been the bane. We could have won many trophy in Africa but to discover too late that many players are unfit to play. At ,2006, 2008, 2010,2012 & 2013 AFCON, we had some wonderful players who never kicked a ball. He is embarking on visiting each player before naming his squad. I think he should be commended for that vision.
  • JnrB says:
    April 21, 2014 01:10 pm
    Good news, i hope he picks them
  • selfmade says:
    April 21, 2014 01:18 pm
    Sumaila was good when he played against Egypt in Kumasi and I don't know level of advancement now but if he has improved, AA should include him in the squad because except for the penalty that he caused, he had a great game!! Dauda ll certainly be in Brazil and there is no if or buts! He ll go but I don't think he ll be in the post!
  • Benito says:
    April 21, 2014 01:52 pm
    Benny I don't wanna believe you envy the coach,but I think life is all about making progress.He he was a security man and a coach of the black stars ,that's a tremendous achievement.
  • selfmade says:
    April 21, 2014 02:09 pm
    What's wrong with a coach still monitoring his players? And who is said appiah is SCOUTING For new players? There is a difference between monitoring your regular players and SCOUTING FOR NEW PLAYERS! People should spare us these naggings! These players are already integral part of the bs and the coach simply wants to make sure if their performance are good and what is wrong with that! So many national team coaches monitor their key players to see their performances in crucial matches to abreast themselves with their current output and I don't understand why anyone ll have a qualm about this! Besides the south Africa league is not accessible to a lot of people so if the coach, went there to see things for himself, WHATS WRONG WITH THIS?
  • selfmade says:
    April 21, 2014 02:34 pm
    @ Benito... What u said is below the belt bro!! Life is DYNAMIC AND STATIC!! Do u know the beginnings of the present day famous politicians,entrepreneurs, ceos, chiefs, scientist etc? Do u know buddy!! Life is like a step, u can only reach the top by using the low steps as a stepping stones to reach the top!! Abraham Lincoln before he became the us president was a failed lawyer but his failures turned him into a political gem!! Einstein before he came out with the TWIN PARADOX EQUATION OR FORMULA known as E=mc2, was struggling so hard to land a teaching job! Everyone has a starting point in life and though appiah started humbly as a security man for sole survival, he has been able to turn himself around by leading Ghana to qulaify to the greatest theartre on earth known as the WC and hence cemented his name and legacy as the only Blackman to do so!! Prophet is not respected in his own land and is not surprising that a united state university has recognized his enormous achievement and accorded him, HONONARY DOCTOR DEGREE! There is a cause of everything and AA has turned his cause into a good cause and what about u mister!
  • Favouredman says:
    April 21, 2014 02:48 pm
    If you are a mechanic, go and repair cars. If you are a capenter, go and practise your capentry profession. If you are a student, go to Preps and study. If you a teacher, go to the classroom and teach. If you are a politician, go and politicize your career. If you are a farmer, go and sow and harvest. If you are a lecturer in higher institution, go and lecture. If you the president of Republic of Ghana, go and govern your nation. Kwasi Appiah is a coach, pls leave him to practise his coaching career and support him with prayers. That's all I have for negative criticizers. Let AA rest, let his name be and let him practise his profession. Thank you.
  • Ghanaman says:
    April 21, 2014 03:53 pm
    Good move AA,you the man and the final word is yours.
  • Coach says:
    April 21, 2014 04:59 pm
    Ghanaman, be civil n decent with your submissions. I don't want to believe that you were brought up by Chimpanzees who have no manners
  • benny says:
    April 21, 2014 05:50 pm
    I find it difficult to understand people like Ghanaman.He cannot make a single sensible comments except to insult. A clear indicator of the kind of upbringing he has. A fifty year old behaving like a two year old. Grow up big kid.
  • benny says:
    April 21, 2014 05:54 pm
    @benito take your time to read my comment before drawing hasty conclusion.
  • Zi Kalanga says:
    April 21, 2014 09:08 pm
    Selfmade learn from me....some Ghanaians are just Stupid. If u don't insult them they will not be ok. So use words like.....orkwasia , ko gimmey , wo nana tou , hiv positive,morli, and co. Make sure u say something to hurt their feelings. ..if not they will keep on fooling saaaa.tell them shyt borga. After all what. ...Ayariga is a Gay.