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Ghana coach to invite fringe players for Chile friendly

Posted On Saturday, 31st December 2011

Harrison Afful could be invited for the friendly against Chile next February

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic will call up fringe players for the country’s first international friendly game in 2012, has gathered.

The Black Stars will battle South American opponents Chile in New York, two weeks after the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea has ended.

The Serbian trainer will use players who failed to make the cut for the biannual showpiece and also give opportunities to new ones.

This could benefit in-form Bristol City winger Albert Adomah, goalkeeper Richard Kingson and Tunisia-based Harrison Afful.

FC Utrecht captain Nana Akwesi Asare, Greece-based Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Jefferey Schlupp and Emmanuel Frimpong of Arsenal could be called up for the match.

Turkey-based Dominic Adiyiah could as well return to the side with possible call –ups to youngsters Afriyie Acquah of Palermo and Amidu Salifu of Fiorentina.

Key players Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, John Pantsil, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah and few others will join their club sides after the tournament has ended.

Coach of ‘La Roja’ Claudio Borghi wanted to play the Black Stars at their home base of Santiago, but the distance and high cost involved means they have to stick to America.

If the Ghana FA agrees to play the match it will the first match for the Black Stars in New York where they have a massive following especially in Bronx.

A huge attendance will be seen if the game is played in New York as Ghana fans in that city have been starved of Black Stars action.


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  1. phillbanger says:


    • mukmin says:

      Dude quincy is a winger and paintsil is a fullback u are not making any sense I would understand if u would pick him over tagoe cos they are both forwards.

      • brb says:

        the coach called 9 defenders (consisting of 5 fullbacks) i think phillbanger is trying to that he could have dropped paintsil who is a fullback and replaced him with quincy. lets face it not all of us have faith in tagoe-the guy sucks so bad. paintsil is just a complete waste of space, i despise him b’cos 1. he cant play shit 2. his crosses are terrible 3. he makes lots of mistakes 4. his tackles are terrible (remember the game against uruguay) 5. he talks too much 6. he is a bench warmer at a second division team 7. he simply sucks. i hope he proves me wrong, but my observations can support the above facts. also i believe adiyiah is even better than tagoe, and thats my opinion. Eric bekoe is back, dominic oduro is killing mls, boakye yiadom is up and rising, and ransford osei is still around. i think gfa has some kind of plot against some players cos eric bekoe 2 years ago was the leading goal scorer in the egyptian league and he did not make the cut in angola 2010. so ghana has many issues that need solving.

      • Assisi says:

        Thank u very much. We have to compare like for like only such as striker vs striker.
        So they cant compare Quincy vs Paintsil.

        • Czar Mbano says:

          May be he finks the Natnal team is the fr3 fr3 kobor typ. Hw can u compare a winger or a 4ward with a right full bak or defender? ds simply means ma guy dnt kno wht hes sayin.. lets allow the coach do his job. At the end of e dae hes the 1 2 tak all e blames..

      • king west says:

        I think what my guy is tryna say is that panstill and mensah and sulley don’t deserve a place in the team because they r not active for their clubs! Quincy or adomah should have replaced sulley. The so called big names in the team hardly make it in their club teams! Its unfair. Ghana hasn’t got a right winger! And we lack for strikers! Gyan is not a top striker. He is losing touch playing in the uea league.

  2. askantwi says:

    Players like Paintsil, Kingson and John Mensah are washed up now and ghana should see this and act boldly against. They should give way to the up and coming young ones. Even Michael Essien shouldn’t be considered anymore. Meanwhile, we new yorkers just can’t wait to see our beloved black stars.

  3. brb says:

    @mukmin, i see where you are coming from, but the coach picked 9 defenders, he could have dropped paintsil and picked quincy. i think this is what phillbanger meant

  4. Ali Ghana- Nairobi, Kenya. says:

    Askantwi, let us appreciate our players who have brought The Black Stars where they are. Age is of course catching up with all of us including yourself in New York. Facings out are done with time and systematically. The coach knows his job which is why The GFA is still retaining him. If @ all u haters were up to the task, then the GFA would have contracted people like you. FYI, The Black Stars is a blend of Youngsters & experience (read the oldies). What happens if (I trust and believe) if the ‘oldies’ bring the trophy home? Will you celebrate and rejoice or curse the Oldies for bringing home the trophy? Let’s have A PATRIOTIC NEW YEAR 2012. AKWAABA MY BROTHER, SHUKRAN!!

  5. askantwi says:

    To AliGhana or whatever you call your name, the black stars are not anybody’s bonafide property. If a player has served his time, and is now old and all washed up, we have recognize that and relieve them honorably so as to allow the young and talented ones to inherit their place. This is not hatred. It is reality, and there is nothing wrong with that. The Oldies could never bring any trophy home. That’s wishful thinking. The young ones also have experience, so enough with the so called experience stuff. Do you remember when Bacelona let go Ronaldinho in order to free up Messi to take charge? a word to wise……

  6. D LIGHT says:

    john mensah, john painstil and sulley muntari r stand sitters. Samuel inkoom, jonathan mensah and Tagoe r bench warmers and bitplayers and wat perturb me the most is dat inkoom who is a potential replacement for painstil can stil not cross a moving ball unless he brakes it. Also wat really motivated his move frm Basel to DNIPRO? Lack of vision is killing our potentials.

  7. Kwalife says:

    Also call some of the MLS guys. Oduro, Nyarko etc etc.

  8. Sam says:

    Kwalif, please hold ur thought,oduro and Nyarko sucks,this mls that looks like Ghana colts division, these players playing against inexperienced players, remember that.

    • kwame-Blazefame says:

      I couldnt agree wit u more, they are playing against bunch of college players and if they produce a little bit ppl think they r in form. Oduro might be doing ok, but I doubt it if he can do the same in the Gh league.

  9. TONY YAYO says:

    I agree wit u D light our players lack vision gyan, adiayer n other who r bench warmers john, sully n anan

  10. Festus says:

    Ghana!! We live in a country where every individual is a football coach yet our national teams keep struggling in tournaments for honours. I for one will never hesitate to say clearly that, among all the Black Stars players, John Paintsil’s has been the most outstanding interms of commitment especially on the field of play. How do u leave such a player? Quincy, no doubt is good but the coach cannot call all Ghanaian players at a time, his time will surely come.

  11. Odeefuo says:

    The fact that we have Inkoom and Opare in the team, we don’t need Paintsil. These two are better at the right back position than Paintsil. Therefore we could have dropped paintsil and taken Abeyie to add more fire power to our attack. If Olele was dropped for inactivity why not Paintsil because he is a bench warmer in a lower division, he does not deserve a first choice position in the black stars. With this benchwarmers i don’t think we can win the cup.

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