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Ghana coach Appiah explains why he played Kwadwo Asamoah at left-back

Published on: 03 July 2014
Kwadwo Asamoah was played at the left-back for Ghana at the World Cup

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah has defended his decision to play midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah at the left back position for the Black Stars at the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

Pundits have questioned the Appiah’s decision to field Asamoah at left back, noting that his absence in midfield restricted the Black Stars attacking options at the World Cup in Brazil.

But in a press conference organised by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in Accra Wednesday, Appiah stressed that Asamoah was an attacking threat even in his left back role.

He said: “He attacked so well in the left back role and defended so well as well.

“He gives a lot of options in terms of attacking for us. Whenever he goes forward, he is able to give an impact.”

Lauding Asamoah’s performance in that role, Appiah said, “it was difficult for strikers to go past him”.

“We had other options in midfield that’s why I decided that Kwadwo should be at left back, and to me he did so well,” he added.

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  • samedge says:
    July 03, 2014 11:16 am
    That's my player. K. Asamoah no size! He is the only player who fit any position even if it comes to keeping, he will do better than Dauda. Oh what a calm & talented being.
  • Poseidon (Athens) says:
    July 03, 2014 11:27 am
    He's one fine player and he respects all.I salute him.
  • samedge says:
    July 03, 2014 11:32 am
    Oh my bro, say that again ooooo
  • readi 2 dye says:
    July 03, 2014 12:01 pm
    Fire nyantakyi.... Is the root of all problems...we need a new GFA president...nyantakyi is over due.
  • He-goat says:
    July 03, 2014 01:52 pm
    Ohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Kweaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Nana Yaa says:
    July 03, 2014 02:01 pm
    I am always amazed at how Ghanaians are quick to call for leaders to be sacked. So many people are calling for Nyantakyi and AA to be axed. I don't have a problem about their sacking. My biggest problem is "Are the new leaders we put in place "Angels?" We keep screaming for them to be fired...ok let the fire burn them. But please lets make sure that those who take their place are "super righteous". And knowing this my Ghana people if all of you go and seat on that GFA president seat, won't you do the same thing? Let him you has not sinned throw the first stone!
  • The Ruzz says:
    July 03, 2014 02:51 pm
    Fire burn the GFA crew in a professional way..fireun burn them...o
  • Boro says:
    July 03, 2014 10:51 pm
    We have had some fine GFA presidents and an example is Mr. Ben Koufie but he was not corrupt so his reign never lasted that long. As a far as I am concerned and as a matter of fact it is his youthful program that the BS and Nyantakyi administration has continued to benefit up to date in terms of unearthing talents. When Ghana use to select players who were already in their peaks in Ghana and therefore at the age where they were expected to perform they were already spent talents and begins to decline and was trikkle down to affect our BS, It was through the policies of Ben Koufie that made sure players cheating age were reduced by making sure players were gradually integrated through the youth teams by maintaining the core of each period of the youth teams even if they failed to qualify at the world stage. It therefore made it difficult to cheat since you would have to go through the u-17, 20 and 23 before finally ends up in the BS. I must say Nyanatakyi is actually benefiting from hard work and the wisdom of Ben Koufie without him necessarily adding to it. Look at what is happening to our league. His reign has always been BS!BS!BS! because that is where he and his family can milk from Ghana. He must therefore resigned immediately or be prepared for his disgrace and sour end to his selfish, greed for money and unpatriotic reign.
  • Boro says:
    July 03, 2014 11:50 pm
    And this is one of the reasons we want to see your back. Your inabilty to solve the lateral defense problem and provide the option by continuously using the same failed players should be why you should resign. You could have tried the best central pair of the Chan tournaments at those positions instead of Kwadwo Asamoah. Ainooson, Nuru and kwabena Adusei were rated as the best central pair and when Maxwell tried them at the lateral defense during the chan tournament they never disappointed. The trio are physically strong, they have height yet you will not listen. You ended up sending iNkoom, Adomah and Essien at the expense of those three. If you knew you were going to play Kwadwo at the left back then why Inkoom's inclusion. You have to therefore suffer for you stupid STUBBORNESS, period! Next time when you get an opportunity like this you will be smart.
  • Deladem says:
    July 05, 2014 04:46 am
    Are the other midfield options better than K. Asamoah??? Is Harrison incapable of playing LB on the big stage??? You had to years to look for a LB if Afful wasn't good enough. You failed. Definition of mediocre coach. Listen to yourself , if he created chances going forward, shouldn't that ring a bell into your deaf ears that he would have created more if he played in a more advanced role, much more than your so-called options??? F9 is your grade!!!