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Feature: Ghana must give Waris a chance to prove himself

Published on: 09 November 2012

Consistently, the name Abdul Majeed Waris has made waves in the Ghanaian media but the reason for that is purely due to his feat at club level.

At international level, there is really nothing to say but you cannot fault the 21-year-old because he is yet to get his real chance to prove his worth in all the Ghana call-ups he has had.

The perfect time for Ghanaians to really know what he brings to the Black Stars’ table is the November 13 friendly match with Cape Verde in Lisbon, Portugal.

Three strikers including Waris himself had been invited to play for Ghana against the Blue Sharks, but captain Asamoah Gyan has been excused due to the untimely death of his mother on Tuesday.

The other striker left is Richmond Boakye Yiadom, the on-loan Juventus striker at Italian Serie B side Sassuolo.

Waris ended his season in Sweden as the top scorer with 23 goals in 29 matches.

That is such an impressive statistic and what even makes it more appealing is the fact that he is the first Ghanaian to go beyond the 20-goal mark in Europe to win the goal king.

Earlier in the season, he chalked another feat as the first Ghanaian to score five goals in a single match outside the shores of Ghana.

The Right to Dream Soccer Academy product has now earned a move to Russian side Spartak Moscow where he will be guaranteed some more European action.

But the big deal is about what he can do in the national team as the Black Stars prepare to end the 31-year-old trophy drought at the Africa Cup of Nations next yeart in South Africa.

Consistently, Ghanaians have been worried about the over-reliance on Gyan as the marksman and if Waris can translate his club form to country, it will certainly be good news.

The question however is if he can he pass the test or can he show glimpses of his performances at club level?

It is very imperative that coach Kwesi Appiah gives him the chance to play against Cape Verde so everybody sees whether he can truly lead the attack of the four-time African champions.

It is obvious that his form in the just ended Allsvenskan of Sweden is enough to earn him a place in the team for the continental showpiece, but it is still important to know whether the attack of the Black Stars can be safe in his hands.

By Umar-Farouk Atipaga,


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • lolvfunny says:
    November 09, 2012 08:12 pm
    Off coarse this should be a must for Kwesi Appiah. Waris is the Goal king and should not be left out.
  • RAS ''AB'' says:
    November 09, 2012 08:32 pm
    It must,because we need to see him in this friendly match and we believe he do better for black star''there was a report say he win goal king in Sweden,but thats not fact,we all know that there is europe but not strong soccer there,the only thing is we need him show to Ghananians that he can do the job without Asamoah Gyan.
  • BX, NYC says:
    November 09, 2012 09:55 pm
    He needs someone who can distribute the ball to him up top..
  • Kay says:
    November 09, 2012 10:05 pm
    This is what the fans have been saying for a long time now. Akwasi Appiah should have confidence in his players and encourage them to be bold to express themselves. Warris is a versatile player up front because he plays both feet. He scores from anywhere if he gets a good pass, very clinical with minimum mistakes. Give him four good passes and he will net three without any mistake. Akwasi Appiah can even play three strikers in one game if knows what he is doing. Oh how I miss Milo !!! Milo plays his formation according to the abilities and talents of the players available. GFA should take AA to refresher course before AFCON.
  • D Light says:
    November 09, 2012 10:55 pm
    The perfect Foil 4 this Chap is a True Midfield Orchestrator who can detect n play balls through the HOLES of defences wit Eaze & Class, n i bet he'll pull the triga without Fidgeting. Most of our Midfielders r all Sideways passers with less Ideas on how to carve defences apart (wit intricate-metronic passes). Parading a midfield of Kojo asamoah, Sulley, Annan, Dereck n Badu can not bring any Creativity- they r all defensive Midfielders wit No creative skill. They rely mostly on Power rather dan skills & finesse. Wat the BS needs is dat perfect Trequartista...the Mr.ThroughBall like Xavi, Ozil, Wilshere, Lucas or Schnieder who has the Vision&Skills to split defences apart wit the mildest touch on the ball. If u get me u'll notice that the difference btn GHANA and ZAMBIA is a certain Rainford KALABA- he is the passing Genius the BS is Missing. No insults pls!
  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    November 09, 2012 11:16 pm
    kalaba is a piece of shit!da zambian team has no skills dey all raw players who are ready to run til da end of da match.both yor goals against was lucky goals n we played better dan u.get da **** outta here niggro
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    November 10, 2012 12:29 am
  • hershey says:
    November 10, 2012 12:33 am
    Ayew, Owusu, KPB could play the XAVI role easy
  • KWAB says:
    November 10, 2012 02:02 am
    Waris likes quick interplay and through balls from midfielders. Unfortunately, I honestly cannot remember the last time Ghana scored a goal via a through ball pass. Only one I can recall that is remotely recent is Muntari's through ball pass to Gyan against South Korea. Our midfielders need to do better!
  • Kojo. says:
    November 10, 2012 02:46 am
    Good one my bro. I however remember the role Kojo asamoah played in 2010 Afcon and WC. He was just splitting defences with his skill and passes unfortunately, AA tries to play him in a different role from that of Milo. We all miss milo. I believe hat is just what we need. A midfield general and a playmaker. We have it all but we lack innovative coaching. AA seems more interested in satisfying the crowd than playing real tactical games. See what he played against Malawi.
  • kwame pito says:
    November 10, 2012 04:58 am
    well said. intricate metronic passess is what we need! hahaha
  • Christo says:
    November 10, 2012 09:07 am
    One smart guy made the same suggestion here calling for Majid to be given the chance against Cape Verde in the absence of Gyan but surprisingly he was attacked by a Cocaine Adddicted Junkie who calls himself KOJO MOSCOW. It is clear to me that while some Ghanaians are making good and sensible contributions to help with the development of football in this country, others like KOJO MOSCOW either through jealousy because they are STUPID and lack any ideas attack them. Mr Editor it is about time you weed out such ROGUES like KOJO MOSCOW from this forum and let sensible, intelligent and well thinking Ghanaians operate. Thank you.
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 10, 2012 09:27 am
    You are an IDIOT!!! Why would you miss an AVERAGE unemployed coach?? It is only a moron who will see any good in such a useless coach!!
  • Paul says:
    November 10, 2012 12:47 pm
    Akwasi appiah is a complete coach nd every ghanaian will see it in the afcon. Hate him or luv him.
  • Robb says:
    November 10, 2012 03:40 pm
    AFCON is just two months away, if he fails it's goodbye - lost opportunity to make name with talented players just like what average Serbian coaches achieved. AA should should use this free time to update himself but he in Ghana enjoying ebunubunu and kokonte.
  • tbdarko says:
    November 11, 2012 04:00 am
    very well said!.............. The only person that can do that has retired. Its a shame...(KPB)
  • Redd says:
    November 11, 2012 10:32 am
    Ghanaman,u should be more stupid to refer to Kay as an Idiot.By far Milo is the best coach Ghana ever had in recent times.He took a team made up of u-20 players players to the final of the AFCON and was only a 'suarez' away making Ghana the most successful African team at the world cup.He even qualified for the WC with 3 games to go.Just look at how we are struggling now.I just hate pple like u who cant argue with facts but will go on insulting people like u are doing NDC-NPP politics.Fool.