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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah in South Africa to monitor players for limited World Cup places

Published on: 18 April 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is in South Africa to monitor his players before naming his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

The Black Stars trainer left Accra on Wednesday night for the final leg of his monitoring of foreign-based players before naming his squad by May 13.

Coach Appiah will be tracking at first hand the exploits of players such as Fatau Dauda, Rashid Sumaila and Edwin Gyimah who play their football for South African Premier League clubs.

Appiah will also be checking in on Edwin Gyimah, Awal Mohammed, and Daniel Agyei who are all candidates for places in his squad for June’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Ghana coach will be meeting up with club officials of his interested subjects to get all the behind the scenes information including detailed reports on the state of their fitness.

The Black Stars coach is desperate to avoid any controversy which may arise from the selection of unfit players for the World Cup.

He will also be visiting the training grounds of his players to check on their activities and competitiveness with just four games to the end of the South African league.

Coach Appiah will return to Ghana on Wednesday April 23 to finalize his squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Comments

  • Philip says:
    April 19, 2014 03:45 pm
    I agree with you.
  • Philip says:
    April 19, 2014 03:49 pm
    Obviously, you're naive and confused. Do not post on this page again.
  • Philip says:
    April 19, 2014 03:52 pm
    hahahahaahahahahaah... hehehehehehe... Sssshhhhh, Keep quiet, are you his mother?
  • Philip says:
    April 19, 2014 04:04 pm
    Dr. Who, I disagree with you, though you're entitled to your views. Isn't it a shame that a world cup bound goalie is playing 2nd fiddle to a bogus bafana bafana goalie all in the name of just being the SA no.1 goalie? Lets admit that Fatau's move to SA was a wrong decision. He got the chance to man the post for Ghana when he was a local player. He should have just been patient until after the world cup for better offers. Player Exodus, Asem sebe!!!
  • Philip says:
    April 19, 2014 04:08 pm
    You're wrong again (esp on the Messi issue). Constant playing time makes one very sharp. Besides, where is Olele now? you see what inactiveness at club level did to his career?
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 18, 2014 11:09 pm
    Dr. AA, you're wasting your time in SA.... only benchwarmers reside there...
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 18, 2014 11:12 pm
    dr. who indeed. all the south african players are crap. none of them merit a call up...
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 18, 2014 11:18 pm
    hahah, "no fault of his own"?? HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE???? did dauda not know that pirates had a number 1 before putting pen to paper???? in addition to his technical deficiencies, the move is one of the main reasons why I'm less sympathetic to him. the man went to SA knowing well that a starting spot wasn't guaranteed. for a player with national duty aspirations where maintaining form is important, it sure was a DUMB move....
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 18, 2014 11:21 pm
    who ever said dauda was better that kwaresay??? that first assumption is where the mistake begins...
  • Benny says:
    April 19, 2014 01:04 am
    Everything about Dauda is negative.He is 40 years old,ugly,mediocre league,warming bench,funny name and crap goalkeeper who has an opportunity playing for the black stars because he pays bribe.Can anyone imagine taking Dauda to the World Cup? The commentators will only say he warms bench in a mediocre league in South Africa.what a joke.
  • Blow says:
    April 18, 2014 07:22 pm
    Edwin Gyimah's potential is yet to be harnessed because his strength and safety first approach makes him to be a cut above the rest.Awal is not a world Cup material.
  • Chocolatito says:
    April 18, 2014 06:48 pm
    Fatau is struggling to get regular play not because he is in a mediocre league but because he is competing with south african national keeper...Kwarasey would have suffered similar fate if he were in Fatau shoes...If its about captainship then Nana Kwesi Asare should be indisposable in the BS setup...Was Kwarasey not given the chance to man the post immediately after Olele's exit? Didnt he give out cheap goals against Guinea in 2012 AFCON and friendlies against Tunisia?..remember,no bad keeper can man the post of the BS to aid qualification to a WC.
  • j. white says:
    April 18, 2014 06:10 pm
    You don't know what you're talking about. What do you mean by he shakes in the goalpost? I find it crazy that someone who captains his club would be described as lacking confidence! Do you understand what it takes for a player to captain his club? it's even rare for goalkeepers to be made captain. The black stars technical team has simply not been that helpful to the guy. If the same level of support and patience being given benchwarming Dauda had been extended to Kwarasey when he first joined the team, we wouldn't be here debating goalkeeping issues.
  • benny says:
    April 18, 2014 05:53 pm
    I can't believe what l am reading here . Dauda an experienced keeper? Goodness sake. Comparing Dauda to Kwaresey is like comparing the late Madam Teresa to a prostitution. It is blasphemy. Dauda only experience is the nation cup.If we are not talking of experience, then Lets take Olele. Dauda cannot compete with a keeper in a mediocre league in South Africa. Kwaresey is a captain of his team a far better league than where Dauda warm bench. No serious national team will take Dauda to world cup . somebody makes an insipid excuse to make Dauda number one and now everybody keep saying Kwaresey lacks confidence. That is bonkers.
  • Dr Who says:
    April 18, 2014 05:26 pm
    I will rather put my trust in an experience goalkeeper who through no fault of his,is competing with the number goalee of the country where he plies his trade, than a keeper who lacks confidence & is unable to communicate with his defence.
  • Dr Who says:
    April 18, 2014 05:34 pm
    was Olele not a perpetual bench warmer in his club yet he performed at national level....football is a skill so if Messi is benched for 2 yrs,you can never be better than him when he returns even if you play everyday.
  • benny says:
    April 18, 2014 05:51 pm
    I can't believe what l am reading here . Dauda an experienced keeper? Goodness sake. Comparing Dauda to Kwaresey is like comparing the late Madam Teresa to a prostitution. It is blasphemy. Dauda only experience is the nation cup.If we are not talking of experience, then Lets take Olele. Dauda cannot compete with a keeper in a mediocre league in South Africa. Kwaresey is a captain of his team a far better league than where Dauda warm bench. No serious national team will take Dauda to wirld cup . somebody makes an insipid excuse to make Dauda number one and now everybody keep saying Kwaresey lacks confidence. That is bonkers.
  • coach says:
    April 18, 2014 05:14 pm
    Fatau started keeping for Okwawu when I had just completed SSS Now I'm am 34 and he is still 28 no wonder he is so wack and not good to even warm the bench of a second division team
  • Edward Aboagye says:
    April 18, 2014 05:08 pm
    You people always say tax payers money but how many people in Ghana pay tax... blackstars mostly get their money from sponsors not the freaking government.. Leave Appiah alone let him do his work.. aden gh fuo
  • kofi says:
    April 18, 2014 04:12 pm
    We have to be careful how can a bench warmer in africa low league be our number,is a disgrace to Ghanaians as whole and insult to kwarasey and other active goal keepers.if AA choses fatau ahead of kwarasey,braimah and adams i will organize demostration against AA & THE FA.BENCH WARMER this is bullshit
  • Dr Who says:
    April 18, 2014 02:56 pm
    am sure his emphasis will be on the central defenders like Awal,Sumaila and Gyimah who can play both midfield and defence...As for Fatau,he is Ghana's number one.
  • Concerned citizen says:
    April 18, 2014 02:28 pm
    The coach is being bias when it comes to player selection,the players mentioned above ain’t the only Ghanian players playing in the South African League. Players like John Arwuah etc..are all good players he should go monitoring
  • Concerned citizen says:
    April 18, 2014 02:24 pm
    The coach is being bias when it comes to player selection,the players mentioned above ain't the only Ghanian plays playing in the South African League. Players like John Arwuah etc..are all good players he should go monitoring
  • benny says:
    April 18, 2014 02:19 pm
    Going to monitor Dauda warm bench or to take a cut to make him number 1 . Waste of tax payers money. No Ghanain player in South African desrve to go to Brazil.
  • Ein says:
    April 18, 2014 02:04 pm
    Kwarasey shakes in the post.we can't risk the defence by putting him in the post.the best option is Fatau .He kept the post ahead of all and ensured we qualified
  • Ein says:
    April 18, 2014 02:05 pm
    Kwarasey shakes in the post.we can't risk the defence by putting him in the post.the best option is Fatau .He kept the post ahead of all and ensured we qualified. Kwarasey can go but certainly not the number 1
  • Ein says:
    April 18, 2014 02:06 pm
    Kwarasey can go but certainly not the number 1
  • Viper says:
    April 18, 2014 01:51 pm
    Fatau Dauda has earned his keep,played in all the qualifiers and for that reason, has to go to Brazil but not as number one,Kwarasey Rashid should definitely be on the 30 man list.