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Ghana coach Appiah avoids giving reasons for 2013 AFCON snubs

Published on: 14 December 2012

Coach Akwasi Appiah has refused to give detailed reasons as to why certain players failed to make his provisional Ghana squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Jordan Ayew, Abdul Majeed Waris and David Addy were the major casualties in the 26-man provisional Black Stars squad for the tournament that kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.

Ayew has found his scoring boots for Marseille in the French Ligue 1 while Waris has moved to Russian giants Spartak Moscow after emerging the Goal King in the just ended Swedish League.

Addy on the other hand has been a consistent performer this season in Portugal with Vitoria Guimaraes.

The trio’s exclusion from the squad have already generated heated debates as to the reasons they were dropped.

But coach Appiah refuses to be drawn into this debate.

“I don’t think it is advisable to pin-point players and ask why they are not in the squad,” he said.

“Ghana as you know have a lot of players but for now these are the ones I believe we need for the Nations Cup.

“I therefore urge you to give your support to the team.”

Appiah’s comment has however come under intense media scrutiny with many analysts second-guessing why some players were not given the opportunity over others.

The former Ghana captain however remains resolute in his conviction that this is the team of players he needs to deliver the nations Cup title after a painful 31-year wait.

“All the players I have selected I have absolute confidence in them,” he said at the press briefing on Thursday.

“I have given a lot of players the opportunity but for now I think these are the players I need to be successful at the Nations Cup.”

The team will begin a non-residential camping early January before traveling to Abu Dhabi for the intensive pre-Nations Cup camp.

The Black Stars will play Egypt and Tunisia in friendly matches on the 10th and 13th January respectively but three players will be dropped in between the games to make the final squad for the tournament.

Ghana is drawn in Group B alongside DR Congo, Mali and Niger and will be based in Port Elizabeth.

Ghana’s provisional 2013 AFCON squad:

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda and Daniel Agyei.

Defenders: John Paintsil, Richard Kissi-Boateng, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Rashid Sumaila, Jerry Akaminko and Awal Mohammed.

Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Anthony Annan, Mubarak Wakaso, Albert Adomah, Kwadwo Asamoah, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew and Rabiu Mohammed.

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Emmanuel Clottey and Yahaya Mohammed.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • bawah says:
    December 16, 2012 09:58 pm
  • Striker says:
    December 14, 2012 06:07 pm
    Talk oooohhh @real sabacious it's time to talk becuase the coach is taking our hearts for granted, he is real a disgrace
  • yaw2 says:
    December 15, 2012 10:35 am
    Fair criticism of AA.All the people who campaign for him to be come a coach feel soo disappointed.We will never agree with him on what merit did he came up with his selections,but we should support the team and locals coaches.Now we know Ghana have the players to win AFCON2013,so now is time AA prove to us weather he is a good coach or Ghana have to fired him for another local coach.
  • real sabacious says:
    December 14, 2012 05:41 pm
    Akwasi Appiah is a disgrace to local coaches and Ghanaians football fans as well.he lacks the technical know how and the ability to manage as a manager.ur days are numbered.i reserve my comment for now,thou i may wish him all the best for the sake of Ghana.
  • keith from germany says:
    December 15, 2012 06:56 am
    normaly its a job of a coach to give reasons why players were dropped. becuz before taking the job as a coach u hav to know the kind of harsh criticisms n defficulties u are gonna face. giving no reasons why some particular players are dropped shows a great sign of weakness n cowardness. i blame our inferiorty-complexed minded journalists who dont have the guts to ask disturbing in europe,every coach must give a reason on all the üplayers he picked n he is also obligated to answer questions he doesnt want.the european journalist will go on ur nerves till u give them the resonable answer becuz if u dont co-operate with them,they will be ur number 1 enemy n we all kno how journalist can build n as well as destroy carreers. kwesi i wish u good luck but we are watching u.
  • Nii says:
    December 14, 2012 11:17 pm
    Support your local coach...he's the only one u got 4now
  • Ghanaman says:
    December 14, 2012 08:34 pm
    He is a good coach!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    December 14, 2012 08:33 pm
    You will never find a Ghanaian at a Zambian football site! Ask yourself why and you will know ahahahhahaha Ethiopia will beat you and so will Nigeria and Burkina!!
  • Rod says:
    December 14, 2012 07:43 pm
    Zambia is the 2nd best team of the world...whoa, what a record!!!