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Ghana coach Appiah praised for local player call-ups

Published on: 18 May 2012

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has exceeded expectations by inviting nine home-based players to the Black Stars for upcoming national assignments. 

The Black Stars open their 2014 World Cup qualifiers at home against Lesotho on June 1 before travelling to take on reigning African champions Zambia a week after.

Appiah during his unveiling as the substantive Black Stars coach in April promised to give locally based players equal opportunities in call ups to the national team which has been heavily dominated by foreign-based players in recent times.

And his first official assignment since taking over from Serb Goran Stevanovic, nine local players get the chance to prove their worth with the Black Stars.

Goalkeepers Robert Dabuo, Daniel Adjei and Ernest Sowah join defenders Richsard Kissi and Rashid Sumaila, midfielder Richard Mpong and strikers Emmanuel Baffour, Ben Acheampong and Emmanuel Clottey as members of the local contingent.

The call-ups has been roundly praised by local football fans with many insisting that it will encourage players to stay at home to play for clubs.

Others have also argued that home-based players are hungrier for success than their foreign-based colleagues.


  • TT says:
    May 18, 2012 12:00 pm
    Competition for selection is always good for any serious country. They will succeed because only few senior players to breathe on their necks. More positions available for grabs.
  • Tsintsinga Lapaz says:
    May 18, 2012 06:36 am
    I hope they can make the final squad.
  • mike says:
    May 18, 2012 07:25 am
    if they are equally good or better than their foreign contingent then he can call as many as he wishes. All we want is to make good use of the resources we have available and not a factor of where the compass locates its direction.
  • i must say it says:
    May 18, 2012 08:04 am
    God bless Ghana ,God bless Appiah,God bless Bs.
  • PAGE says:
    May 18, 2012 08:58 am
  • B4world says:
    May 18, 2012 09:19 am
    akwesi appiah is that elder dude,he has been on his A game.wish him the new boys much success
  • PH FIIFI says:
    May 18, 2012 04:36 pm
    i dont know the criteria you use to select the players, so you have tried. but for me i think calling Dominic Adiye is a big mistake... as you and i know this guy havent done anything from since they won that U20 trophy. but Waris has manage to score 12 goal in 11 match, yet still you reject him for Adiye
  • Azoya Robert says:
    May 18, 2012 06:28 pm
    Anyway Till They D day comes
  • Kelvin says:
    May 19, 2012 02:39 am
    They must be given a chance
  • Augustine says:
    May 19, 2012 05:28 am
    I hope they perform better.we need more trophies so they must do as we all expect from them.God bless our homeland Ghana.