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Ghana coach Appiah urged not to bow to Frimpong pressure

Published on: 30 November 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey says Emmanuel Frimpong does not deserve a place in the Black Stars final squad for next year’s African Cup of Nations despite switching nationality.

The 20-year-old was officially cleared to play for the West African giants after world governing body, FIFA gave the approval for the switch early this week.

The Arsenal star, on loan at Charlton Athletic is now in line to play for the Black Stars at the continental showpiece.

Opinions are sharply divided on whether the ex-England Under-17 player should be considered for a call-up into the team ahead of next year’s tournament.

But the ex- Ghana star insists it will be too premature to include him in the final squad.

“I think the time is a bit short and so I don’t think it will wise and prudent to take him there,” Lamptey told radio XYZ

“If I was in the shoes of Kwesi Appiah, I don’t think I will take him along and I don't think anyone should be pressure him to take him.

“Because he has not tried him in a match and so may not know what he can do to help the team.

“I have watched him a couple of times at Arsenal and I believe he has some qualities that Ghana will benefit from but it’s up to Kwesi Appiah

“But I think we should look at him after the Nations Cup, probably feature him in some of the friendly matches to see his potential.

The hard tackling midfielder has become the fourth Ghanaian to switch nationalities after featuring for a European nation at youthful stages after the likes of  Adam Kwarseey, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Kevin-Prince Boateng.


This article has 23 comment(s), give your comment
  • kuukuphily says:
    December 01, 2012 02:23 am
    Kwasi appiah should call him now!
  • afrikaba1 says:
    December 01, 2012 12:55 am
    I agree with you. If Odartey has really been watching him, he would not say that. Kevin Prince Boateng didnt play any qualification but he was our best player during the world cup. If they give Frimpong a chance, he would bench all the midfielders
  • Robb says:
    November 30, 2012 05:28 pm
    I think Akwasi Appiah has so soon forget how John Boye became our best defender. Never under-estimate Frimpong, he could be our next Michael Essien at AFCON. He is ready to die for his country, he needs our total support.
  • Robb says:
    November 30, 2012 05:22 pm
    Add Jeffery Schrupp, Charles Takyi, Derek Asamoah, Warris, Nyarko, Dominic Oduro, Cofie, Kissi Boateng, Solomon, Duada , Sumaila , Atsu and Adomah. Somebody is jealous of this guy.
  • ze kalanga says:
    November 30, 2012 05:26 pm
    massa i like u. odartey dont know sheet. kevin didnt even play a single match before the world cup. but was the best player in our team.
  • ze kalanga says:
    November 30, 2012 05:31 pm
  • ze kalanga says:
    November 30, 2012 05:37 pm
    frimpong in ....Annan OUT
  • ze kalanga says:
    November 30, 2012 05:39 pm
    BADU...............FRIMPONG WAKASSO
  • dat guy says:
    November 30, 2012 05:59 pm
    Hw many matches did kevin play b4 we took him to da world cup? Jux one friendly agnst "latvia" .. So y shldnt we tak frimpong?
  • confusion says:
    November 30, 2012 06:13 pm
    some of us just want to discourage this Guy why?Nii Odartey Lamptey is not serious,let us all support the guy once and for all,I can see his very serious that is why he want to make himself available for Ghana,let all show to him that we are also serious.go Ghana! go Black Stars!! go Emmanuel Frimpong,Ghanaian fans are behind you 100%.
  • selfmade says:
    November 30, 2012 04:15 pm
    This odartey guy can't keep his buccal cavity shut!! Always quick to talk about national issues like his some very important former player!! He didn't do shit for Ghana and he stop carrying himself like some legend!! What did u do for the national team?? He was the first player to say that gyan doesn't deserved to be the national captain but was the first player again to say that gyan can do the job!! What a walking contradiction!!! He should better go and find some quite place to hid than always making a big fool of himself in national issues!!! What is his motive by putting this idea that frimpong doesn't needs a call up to the bs for the afcon??? This is the time we need all our arsenals to win the afcon and we don't need a failure like odartey to tell us nothing because the last time i checked he hasn't done nothing or shit for Ghana period!!! He better concentrate on his primary school and leave use the **** alone!!! Viva the revolutionciioooooooll!!!!
  • Al says:
    November 30, 2012 04:17 pm
    Thank you, i dont c y annan is held in such high regard...i feel he's decent but definitely not better than frimpong
  • KWAME PITO says:
    November 30, 2012 03:45 pm
    Dr. Who has spoken just what I was about to say. A.A should add frimpong to the 23 man list to dubai and monitor him there. I think He will prove himself and even go to the Afcon as part of the DEfensive midfielders even if he doesnt make the first 11. The reason I am saying this is that the only IN-FORM Defensive midfielders we have now are just 3 players, Agyemang Badu, Afriyie Acquah and Annan. I dont know if A.A will use Kwadwo Asamoah as a defensive midfielder. there is no sulley muntari or Essien and Derek Boateng is a definitely NO-NO! SO the defensive midfielders to the camp should be Frimpong, Agyemang Badu, Acquah and Annan. Personally I am not a fan of Annan because I have watched him he is not good at defending Airballs plus I have seen him lost concentration at the back more than once. For Mubarak Wakaso, I dont know if Appiah intend to use him at LeftBack or As a Defensive Midfielder. SO in all I want Appiah to consider these 6 players at Dubai for who to pick at Defensive midfield roles; FRIMPONG, ACQUAH, MUBARAK, BADU, KWADWO, ANNAN.
  • David says:
    November 30, 2012 01:03 pm
    well for me i don,t see anything wrong with frimpong playing for black star at afcon, we need good player for ghana now, the guy is good so what is talking about
  • Paul says:
    November 30, 2012 12:20 pm
    @ Ansong: ur comment is the most unfortunate ever on this platform. Did u go to school at all? I think you need to join Akufo Ado's free SHS to come back to ur senses. You don't deserve to reason with some of us....go nd get ride of him now and lets see. Hungry ansong!
  • real sabacious says:
    November 30, 2012 12:20 pm
    @sergeant,we're talking of current form now!did u watvh frimpong before his injury?masa the guy is technically better than the above players mentioned.good passer of the ball,good dribblings skills,wins 50/50 balls easily,can shot from distance and hard tackler.the best for AKWASI APPIAH is monitor him and make a decision.i'll select him ahead of out of form Annan,rusty inactive Derek and inconsistent Afriyie Acquah on any given day!.My only concern is his fitness level.DENCH!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Chale' 1 says:
    November 30, 2012 07:19 am
    It's short notice but if the player has the qualities that the coach requires then why not include him. Politics and favouratism should not play any role in this. If he's good enough and he qualifies then he should be included in the squad.
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    November 30, 2012 07:26 am
    Odartey has his opinion but how many matches did Kevin play for us before we took him to the World Cup. Frimpong needs just about 2 matches or so to determine whether he is fit to join the team. In any case, he doesn't need to be part of the first eleven. The guy has already excelled in demonstrating his commitment towards the Black Stars (and not England)even before he had the chance to wear the national colours. All we need to do is try him and let him break into the team only on merit.
  • Ansong says:
    November 30, 2012 07:38 am
    WARNING:This kumasi coach is nothing but a joke.He will not add him because of the inlaws he already promised.How can we count this guy to win any cup? We should get rid of him b4 the world cup.wise up*
  • real sabacious says:
    November 30, 2012 08:30 am
    Frimpong to is better than most of the central midfielders currently in the stars,my only worries is his fitness and now that he has moved to charton,it will be wise for Akwasi Appiah to monitor him and decide for himself.for me he's good passer of the ball than all the central midfielders in the team now.
  • Chale' 1 says:
    November 30, 2012 08:36 am
    My man, read all the other comments and read yours. Do rally think the shit you wrote deserves to be amongst such constructive, meaninful opinions. Please stop this shit of lambasting our coach and give him support.
  • Sergeant says:
    November 30, 2012 09:54 am
    The defensive midfield position is choked with Anthony Annan,Agyeman Badu,Derek,Rabiu & Afriyie Acquah who played vital roles to ensure our qualification.Meanwhile, AA has a limited number of players to present to AFCON not forgetting about the other positions.I wish to see him at AFCON but its tight.Ghanaians will surely hold Akwesi Appiah responsible should he ignore Frimpong & fail at AFCON.
  • Dr Who says:
    November 30, 2012 09:32 am
    In my opinion,I suggest we should send him to AFCON & be familiar with the other players & acquint himself to the team members and our style of play as it will go a long way to help us at the WC qualifiers which is slated just after the AFCON.Once the guy is good,I dont see why we should postpone his inclusion.