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Ghana coach Appiah monitoring World Cup hopefuls

Published on: 11 February 2014
Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has said he is closely monitoring his squad  options ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Appiah will name a 23-man squad by the end of May as he takes his Ghana side to Brazil to face USA, Germany and Portugal.

“We follow the games every week. I have a scouting team which is monitoring the performance of our players,” Appiah said

“Myself and the team are looking at the performance of our boys, so I have no worries about not knowing enough about the players.

"We have to try and make sure we liaise with the clubs, get around to the clubs and get a chance to meet with the coaches, meet with the players, just get an update and a chance to refresh the players' memories about what we look like and how we sound.''

The Ghanaian trainer 53, has admitted to his excitement ahead of the showpiece in Brazil, in particular after his team were handed a tough group stage draw.

"I am very excited,'' he said. "It is the biggest tournament, really.

"It is every four years, an incredible world event and this year with it being in Brazil, with all that Brazil represents in football terms, it adds spice to the occasion, there is no question about that."

Kwesi Appiah has revealed he has up to 20 'untouchables' in his squad ahead of the tournament.

The Black Stars will play Costa Rica, Honduras and Holland in pre-world cup friendlies before the global showpiece in the South American country.



This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • Chu says:
    February 11, 2014 12:27 pm
    Get us a real leftfooted agile and brave leftback and a natural right footed winger not the english footbalike take the ball, run, cross and run back to position like Adomah and Quincy who cant take responsibilty when the big boys are not in the game.. We want a terror and a ball controller like our left footed midfielders
  • Pinkus says:
    February 11, 2014 03:00 pm
    Please do not forget to monitor Gideon Baah for the left back position.
  • boro says:
    February 11, 2014 03:11 pm
    I have always tipped these below crop of players to make the 23 man squad: Goalkeepers: Adam Kwaresey, Fatau Dauda, Francis Adjei Defenders: Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Daniel Opare, Isaac Vorsah, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Midfielders: Michael Essien, Albert Adomah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah , Sulley Muntari ,Afriyie Aquah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Rabiu Mohammed, Wakaso Mubarak Strikers: Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng These players throughout our qualifiers both in the world cup and Africa cup as well as the Africa cup tournament in 2013 have acquired the class of possibly being selected into the BS team, no doubt about that but what they need is to maintain their form in order to be part of the 23-man squad else they can be ejected by these next crop of players though the road is long for these players and need to work extra harder because in football anything is possible. These players could possibly break into the above class of players: Goalkeepers: Stephen Adams, Razak Braihimah, Richard Kingston Defenders: Masahudu Alhassan, Nana Akwasi Asare, Lee Addy, Seth Konadu, Abeiku Ainooson, Kwabena Adusei, Nuru Sulley, Godfred Saka, Joshua Tijani, David Addy, Harrison Afful, Richard Kissi Boateng, Samuel Nkoom Midfielders: Alfred Duncan, Maxwell Acosty, Isaac Cofie, Enock Adu Kofi, Kwame Quansah Isaac Sackey, Bismark Adjei-Boateng, Ishmael Yartey, Seidu Salifu, Emmanuel Frimpong, Rahman Chibsah, Frank Acheampong, Bennard Kumordzi, Edwin Gyimah, Solomon Asante Strikers: Jeffrey Schulpp; Oduro; Shadrach Eghan, Ebenezer Assifuah, Samuel Afum, John Antwi, Jordan Ayew, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Dominic Adiyiyah
  • Jaja says:
    February 11, 2014 03:58 pm
    Why is David Addy always so underrated? Since 2010 he's been playing consistently week-in week-out in Portugal. He's been the most consistent of the whole Black Stars, playing more games and on a higher level as well, than Inkoom, Vorsah, Boye, Baba Rahman. In contrast to those, he hasn't been swerving round Europe looking for clubs, and looking to scramble minutes. No he's a undisputed full-timer at his Portuguese club. But still he's always overlooked. David Addy won the Portuguese cup, has gotten Europa League experience this year, and is set to play another Europa League next year as his team stands 4th in the Portuguese table. So how come this guy has never gotten the chance?