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Fulham coach Jol explains absence of Ghana star Derek Boateng from team

Published on: 24 September 2013
Derek Boateng on the Fulham bench

Fulham coach Martin Jol says Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has been left out of the team in recent matches in the English Premier League because of his lack of versatility.

The Dutch manager says the Black Stars midfielder's lack of action with Ukrainian side Dnipro last season has had a negative effect on him.

The Ghana midfielder joined on a free transfer after FIFA approved his exit from Dnipro after a dispute with the Ukrainian side which led to him being axed from the club's team.

Boateng started in the opening day win at Sunderland, but has not played since and he was not even amongst the substitutes for the weekend defeat at Chelsea.

"On the bench I have to make decisions, like can they play in different positions," Jol is quoted by the Fulham Chronicle.

"Derek wasn't even in the 18 for the last game.

"He didn't play for a year and it showed. He was good in the first hour [at Sunderland] and then he dropped a bit."


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • Henry says:
    September 28, 2013 10:35 pm
    wow,this really a typical negative comment which is not motivational at all. Try as much as possible to criticize and at the same time motivate your fellow Ghanaian. Don't be too negative.
  • boblynkin says:
    September 24, 2013 10:05 pm
    the nigerian beggars should. concentrate on their 419business and stop making unnecessary comment here.if the can advice then they have a whole lot of fraudulent activities to talk about in their detiorieted country of senseless and selfless people for they need advice.
  • ohthree says:
    September 24, 2013 03:08 pm
    Every new EPL summer signings were trying to impress on their debuts,only this rasta was kicking anything he sees on the pitch,ball oh,players legs oh,everything,as if he is Jackie Chan.Caught out off position alot of times,commiting reckless and senseless tackles and was nearly sent off,was just running around the pitch like "johnny the mad dog",unable to keep up with d pace of the EPl. And as a result of that woeful performance,he has since been frozen out 4rm the fulham squad.He couldnt even make d fulham subs. He'll be given a chance today in d capitol 1 cup,and if he fails again,his place would forever be in d fulham reserves just like his fellow gaynaian compatriots in the EPl essien and frimpong.
  • papa kwasi says:
    September 24, 2013 03:10 pm
    Normally such silly comments should be ignored and treated with the contempt it deserves. Ogya, it is obvious you hate Ashantis but Kwasi Appiah is a Brong. He is a Ghanaian and our national coach. Got it?
  • ohthree says:
    September 24, 2013 03:13 pm
    Odemwingie hadn't kicked a ball since last year,but when he played for cardiff on sunday,he was master class.Thats what they call a world beater.Call him to play even after 5yrs of retiring,he'll still deliver.
  • Kaylee says:
    September 24, 2013 01:28 pm
    Ghanaians dont just have what it takes to play in English Premier League. Plz Martin Jol, offload him to chinese league jst as chelsea and arsenal will be offloading essien and frimpong to ghana glo league respective, come january. They are d only gayna guys left in england, yet, they hardly make d bench. They are all fringe B-team players. They suck when on parade.
  • Kaylee says:
    September 24, 2013 01:33 pm
  • OGYA says:
    September 24, 2013 01:57 pm
    Yes, I said this several months ago when Akwesi Appiah kept calling him into the Black Stars because he is an Ashanti. I don't even understand why this team signed him at all. They have to cut their losses and let him go. His skills are good for Bofoakwa or Kwahu United.
  • Manso says:
    September 24, 2013 02:00 pm
    Stop insulting. Is that the only english you can speak or write?
  • zambia waatete of[koftown] says:
    September 24, 2013 01:26 pm
    kwasia he played first game for you to win and you put him on the bench you will lose all your games
  • Ghanaman says:
    September 25, 2013 12:12 am
    Useless smelly Igbo ANIMAL!! Dirty Igbo PIG!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    September 25, 2013 12:14 am
    Filthy CHIMP!!! !There are more Ghanaians in the Champions league than any other country in Africa you dirty APE!!
  • mil says:
    September 25, 2013 03:01 am
    gyimiimii "lil win's" voice