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Ghana begin preparations in Istanbul for Egypt playoff; Essien and Kevin Boateng absent

Published on: 12 November 2013
Black Stars train in Istanbul

Ghana got their preparations underway on Tuesday evening in Istanbul for next Tuesday's World Cup playoff against Egypt in Cairo.

Head coach Kwesi Appiah trained with 20 players in the Turkish capital after camp opened on Monday.

Quartet Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Adam Kwarasey and Awal Mohammed are yet to arrive in camp.

Essien was in Ghana at the weekend to bury his late father.

Kwarasey captained Stromsgodset to win the Norwegian League title on Sunday.

Maritzburg United's Mohammed played for his Saturday in the Premier Soccer League.

Two-goal hero Boateng saw 90 minutes of action for Schalke 04 as they defeated Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

The Black Stars will train in the European country before leaving for Cairo on 18 November, a day before the match at the Air Defense Stadium.

Ghana have a healthy 6-1 lead from the first leg and are in pole position to seal a third straight appearance at the World Cup finals.

Comments

  • Carrthersman says:
    November 12, 2013 06:33 pm
    GFA MUST REPORT THE LASER BEAM LIGHTS TO FIFA BEORE IT’S TOO LATE. THERE WILL BE 100'S OF LASER LIGHTS THAT WILL BE THROWN AT OUR PLAYERS, ESPECIALLY THE GOALKEEPERS EYES TO BLIND HIM. THIS IS TOTAL CHEATING. OUR PLAYERS SHOULD STOP PLAYING THE GAME WHEN IT HAPPENS. THROWING LASER BEAM LIGHTS IS AGAINST “FIFA’S FAIR PLAY POLICY” IT’S TOTAL CHEATING AND IT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESS BEFORE THE GAME START. LASER BEAM LIGHT IS A TERRORIST WEAPON. IT CAN BE USED AGAINST A PILOT FOR HIM TO CRASH THE AIRCRAFT, BECAUSE IT CAN MAKE HIM NOT TO SEE FOR A WHILE. EGYPT WILL EMPLOY EVERY DIRTY TACTICS POSSIBLE TO SCORE 5:0 AGAINST US, SO PLEEEEAAAASSE GFA DO SOMETHING. TALK TO FIFA ABOUT THE THROWNING OF LASER BEAM LIGHT AGAINST OUR PLAYERS. THEY HAVE USED THIS TACTICS AGAINST KOTOKO MANY TIMES THEY VISITED EGYPT.
  • Final Whistle says:
    November 12, 2013 06:45 pm
    @Carrtman, u are right. They also did it to Pirates. GFA shd discuss it in the prematch conference
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    November 12, 2013 06:45 pm
    Am just trying to figure out how Egypt is going to put 5 goals pass the same team that beat them 6-1 a month ago, not even a year ago but a month ago,lol
  • GHANSON says:
    November 12, 2013 06:54 pm
    theyre still dreaming obviously
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    November 12, 2013 07:03 pm
    lol i know,let them keep dreaming, wrong team wrong time
  • Carrthersman says:
    November 12, 2013 07:06 pm
    ZG, They can't if the game is played in a fair environment. They will rather play the game at NIGHT so that they can employ their dirty tricks by using a very HIGH POWERFUL LASER BEAM LIGHT TO CRIPPLE THE PLAYERS SIGHT so they can't see the field well. GFA should let FIFA know b4 the game that when ever a laser beam light comes on the field the game has to stop. they will use the laser light against our striker.
  • isaac says:
    November 12, 2013 08:04 pm
    According to Ghana FA website Kevin Boateng has reported to camp. The only person not in camp is Essien. GSN get it right
  • spellBOUND says:
    November 12, 2013 08:30 pm
    From FIFA's official safety regulations: 2. Prohibited items This section deals with all items that stadium visitors and accredited persons are not permitted to use, possess, hold or bring into the stadium. Prohibited items are loosely grouped into the following categories: g) Any item that could distract the players and/or officials, including laser pointers and items that produce excessive volumes of noise. the EFA will be punished for letting hooligans bring in lasers. somewhat of a similar precedent: http://www.soccerbyives.net/2013/09/rican-federation-investigation.html
  • spellBOUND says:
    November 12, 2013 08:35 pm
    With a FIFA rule like that, why CAF does not have a similar rule is beyond me. Only the corrupt and incompetent Issa Hayatou can answer that question. smh
  • LoLvFunny says:
    November 12, 2013 08:51 pm
    http://ghanafa.org/pages/blackstars/201311/8957.php
  • isaac says:
    November 12, 2013 09:03 pm
    All things equal, this is my list to make it to Brazil, when we qualify. Ideal 11 1. Adam Kwarasey 2. Daniel Opare 3. David Addy 4. John Boye 5. Isaac Vorsah 6. Michael Essien 7. Andre Ayew 8. Kevin Boateng 9. Asamoah Gyan 10. Kwadjo Asamoah 11. Sulley Muntari SUBS 1. Fatau Dauda 2. Harrison Afful 3. Baba Rahman 4. Jerry Akaminko 5. Jonathan Mensah 6. Rabiu Mohammed 7. Christian Atsu 8. Agyeman Badu 9. Majeed Warris 10. Richmond Boakye 11. Mubarak Wakaso Extra 30 Players to make a 25 man squad. 1. Daniel Agyei (Goalkeeper) 2. Jordan Ayew ( Striker) 3. Albert Adomah ( midfielder) The idea is that every player will play according to the number assigned and the subs bench are a direct replacement for the ideal 11. Depending on opposition which may dictate formation the subs some of the players on the subs bench may drafted into the ideal 11 squad and vice versa. Some may even be paired depending on the formation for the day, example, pairing Baby jet and Warris in a 4:4:2 formation. I did not have Inkoom, Adiyiah. I think true left footed players are better suite for the left back slot. Kwarasey is an obvious for the GK spot because of his consistent play in Norway and his height. Boakye Yiadom in and Adiyiah dropped because RBY in my opinion is just a better player and has the height to match which may be necessary to convert dead balls. Any thoughts folks?
  • Pages says:
    November 12, 2013 09:43 pm
    Pls get ur facts ryt!! Kp boateng has join Ghana's camp
  • yaw, chicago says:
    November 12, 2013 10:07 pm
    who is that tall guy by the side of Gyan??? never seen him before, i guess
  • spellBOUND says:
    November 12, 2013 10:24 pm
    LOL. yaw, dont mind GSN. thats not turkey. its an old picture from accra training. btw the big man is Daniel Pappoe.
  • Estevao says:
    November 12, 2013 11:25 pm
    In Football anything can happen and possible. Let's hope for peace and fair play game . Let's Go BSofGhana
  • sonny Renner says:
    November 13, 2013 12:16 am
    k.A. Must consider Frimpong too just as Essien.both are injurie players .both on banch. Frimpong use to be very good too, before he gat hurt . Try him with Egypt so we can all see. # 2. K.A. Must play Jordan ,Adomah , Essien & some of the banch the whole 90mt. We are up by 5 . No way they can come back . K.A . Play from the banch .
  • Albert EINSTEIN says:
    November 13, 2013 01:25 am
    Mr CARRTERSMAN, Ur clear abt 1000s of LASER BEAMS by the PHARAOHS supporters, but are the GFA ADMINISTRATION reading us?..I saw the suporters of AL AHLY torching LASSERS on the eyes of the Pyrates keeper and some of the Players ..I will like them to read this and prepare for that too to REPORT TO CAF and FIFA before the match begins..
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    November 13, 2013 01:45 am
    Is it just me or egypt's only goal against us in the first leg was a penalty, this is one game i am not worried about,it does not matter how many fans are there, blacks tars are still black stars, you can have 1 million fans cheering for you but you still got to get pass the black stars before the net.
  • Chiku says:
    November 13, 2013 02:09 am
    Just wear special goggles to see crystal clear especially you Dauda.
  • anokwale says:
    November 13, 2013 02:13 am
    Well I like the team but I thought we can only bring 23. I am of the opinion that Warris has earned his position as a starter so you may have to adjust your line up by putting KPB on the bench and moving some players around.
  • spellBOUND says:
    November 13, 2013 02:57 am
    chale read what i posted up there. fifa rules prohibit lasers. due to incompetance, CAF rules do not.
  • vmenusa says:
    November 13, 2013 06:12 am
    this beam light are bad tricks and illegal...http://english.ahram.org.eg/Media/News/2013/11/11/2013-635197829637825440-782.jpg
  • yaw, chicago says:
    November 13, 2013 07:31 pm
    Thanks for the update, SpellBOUND
  • Mark says:
    November 13, 2013 03:05 pm
    warris and gyan should pair again; frimpong should be in the team; kwadjo asa can come frm the bench so that warris can start in the above selection.