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Ghana coach undecided over final squad for 2013 AFcon finals

Published on: 15 October 2012

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he is yet to finalize his final squad for next year’s African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The focus has swiftly been shifted to the continental showpiece after the Black Stars beat Malawi 1-0 to complete a 3-0 aggregate win in the qualifying campaign on Saturday.

The Ghana trainer shuffled with a host of players during the  qualifying campaign and he says he is yet to settle on his final troops.

“I have been thinking about the kind of players that can play in such competitions,” Appiah said

“Since I took over I have invited so many players and so I am thinking around how I can pick the best to play for Ghana.

“I won’t say I have not been satisfied with those I have invited. I think when they all came they proved that given the chance they can play,”

“The other part of is whether their ability can be of use now or in the future. Some of them are doing very well and may get the chance to go to the Cup of Nations.

" There are one or two players that I still need to look at.  We have a game in November and so when I get them on board, it will help me a lot.

“It is always good to have the blend of experienced and young players."

Ghana will avoid big guns including Cote D’voire, Nigeria, reigning African champions Zambia and South Africa after the Confederations of African Football seeded the Black Stars.

Comments

  • Manuel Yeboah says:
    October 15, 2012 05:35 pm
    According to the seeding, Nigeria was not seeded therefore your assertion that Nigeria is a big gun is misleading. For the record we are also likely to meet them. The only teams that we will avoid at all cost in the group stages are South Africa (host),Zambia (defending champions), Ivory Coast (2nd most consistent team) and Ghana of course (most consistent team) over the previous 3 Afcons.
  • real sabacious says:
    October 15, 2012 05:35 pm
    Damn!DO u have to wait till november to access those 2 players u are talking about?lazy coach!!!the international break ends tomorrow,asuch club football in europe will resume once again.u dont even need to travel to monitor those two players,u can do so by requesting videos from their clubs in matches the said players are involve.i'll advise Akwasi appiah to have a keen eye on wakaso,david addy,nana akwasi and jerry Akaminko.Cos to me,paintsil and Afful are the weakiest link in the team(ie left and right fullback)right now.any average player can play regular football in the isreali and Tunisia league respectively.AA be bold to the the best and ur name can be written on gold!never try to pleased personalities at the GFA
  • Big E says:
    October 15, 2012 05:36 pm
    Those players he is talking about seems to be Essien and John Mensah
  • Mr.Boii says:
    October 15, 2012 05:54 pm
    i hope they are Quincy Abeyie and Boakye Yiadom
  • Mr.Boii says:
    October 15, 2012 05:57 pm
    and for the future Memphis depay!! I m trying to make this guy known to Ghanaians on this website to to push the GFA to go after him cause he is a great benefit for the Black stars after this CAN i think...lets make publicity for him!
  • Akwasi Owusu says:
    October 15, 2012 05:58 pm
    First of all... When is Frimpong ready to play for Ghana ?!, please why does it take so long -__- ?! Second, Ghana should call Memphis Depay, he is a really good player of PSV Eindhoven. The last one... call Quincy
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    October 15, 2012 06:03 pm
    Massa u fo luk sharp on those two players,essien in da middle is a great idea,da defence is in gud shape but u fo talk to ur strikers.
  • papa nii says:
    October 15, 2012 06:06 pm
    useless journalism, How come you name Nigeria among big guns whiles they were not name as one of the seeded countries. JSS journalist at work
  • Obrouni says:
    October 15, 2012 06:06 pm
    Yes I agree with Mr. Boii... This boy is really goodooh http://www.google.nl/imgres?q=memphis+depay&um=1&hl=nl&sa=N&biw=1680&bih=955&tbm=isch&tbnid=UbzVoYBCC64O8M:&imgrefurl=http://www.facebook.com/pages/Memphis-Depay/151928794891469&docid=IBDChsZrlVSwqM&imgurl=http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/312477_151929364891412_4884104_a.jpg&w=180&h=270&ei=Bk98UPzkLqTX0QXRwIDoAw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1368&vpy=442&dur=1967&hovh=216&hovw=144&tx=86&ty=145&sig=112052386708835388534&page=1&tbnh=158&tbnw=113&start=0&ndsp=39&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:20,i:133
  • Manuel Yeboah says:
    October 15, 2012 06:33 pm
    I dont why they dont call Quincy CALL QUINCY HE IS GOOD WITH BALL JOGLING IN WE NEED SUCH WHEN PASSES ARE NOT GOING THROUGH
  • game mind says:
    October 15, 2012 07:47 pm
    for me we need quincy in the team ........he is very good and now change his style of play.
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 15, 2012 08:33 pm
    Memphis is only 18... Give him time to develop.
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 15, 2012 08:34 pm
    He has also played for the Dutch U19 so we would have to go through a long nationalization process..
  • Obrouni says:
    October 15, 2012 08:57 pm
    Doesn't matter, we have to call him now before it is to late. Just call him, let him play.. so that we have him on board
  • dadaba says:
    October 15, 2012 05:32 pm
    Bring on 9ja! We will lick 'em dry! 9ja go carry last!
  • coconutman says:
    October 16, 2012 12:54 am
    I think he is thinking about Essien and KPB!
  • coconutman says:
    October 16, 2012 12:55 am
    Or maybe John Mensah and Sulley Muntari!
  • coconutman says:
    October 16, 2012 01:12 am
    Coach Appiah let me make your job easy for you. Call up only players that can handle Brazil 2014! You need young studs. Remember Ghana had one of the youngest squads in South Africa 2010. Be not afraid, retire your aging stars. Go back and watch tapes from AFCON 2012, Paintsil looked like a tired old man and so did Derek Boateng. Daniel Opare had a slow start in Accra against Malawi but he was a star in the second half, watch the tape of that game before you try to replace him with the comfortable choice in Paintsil. This is nothing personal against Paintsil, he has done a remarkable job for the Black Stars but there are some very good young players that can handle a major tournament like the World Cup. AFCON 2013 should be the trial run for the World Cup in Brazil 2014. Can you realistically see Paintsil playing all those minutes? Does he have the legs to challenge the young best of the best the World would throw at the Black Stars? Be sure to answer this question objectively for every position you have to fill for AFCON 2013. If you do you will win it and go on to out do your Serbian counter part in the World Cup. After all history is on your side. Each time the Black Stars have won the tournament it has been with a Ghanaian Coach.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    October 16, 2012 02:18 am
    IF AA WANTS AFCON...S3 WOP3 AFCON TROPHY NO, A WINNY AAA....LOL IF AA WANTS TO WIN THE AFCON, HE SHOULD DO THE FOLLOWING WE HAVE NEVER WON AN AFCON TITLE WIN A BUNCH OF FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS NOR COACHES. WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY RELYING ON AA, A LOCAL GUY, BUT WE MUST CAUTION AGAINST THE USE OF 100% FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS. THE AFCON SQUAD SHOULD BE 75%CONTINENTAL/AFRICAN BASED PLAYERS, 25% FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS or 50/50... NO ONE WANTS AA TO FAIL. WE ARE SEEING POTHOLES IN HIS GAMEPLAN, HIS TACTICS AND STRATEGY, DURING GAMES AND WE ARE MAKING HIM AWARE. IT WILL HELP HIM IF HE CAN CONSULT DESAILLY AND DIDI DRAMANI DURING THE AFCON TOURNEY ONLY A FOOL NEVER LISTENS LIKE PLAVI AND MILO. WHERE R THEY NOW? EGYPT WON THE AFCON TRIPLE WITH LOCAL COACH, LOCAL PLAYERS, ZAMBIA DID IT WITH MOSTLY LOCAL PLAYERS. SPAIN WON THE WCUP N 2WICE EURO CHAMPS WITH MOSTLY REAL MADRID N BARCA PLAYERS. THE LAST 4 EDITIONS OF THE AFCON TOURNEY WERE WON BY NATIONS WHO PARADED MOSTLY LOCAL PLAYERS. CHECK THE FACTS, FOLKS! GH HASNT WON THE AFCON IN OVER 30 YRS BCOS WE CONTINUE TO FIELD FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS, FOREIGN COACH TO EVEN AFCON TOURNAMNTS. THE NAME TAG IN YOUR CLOTHES WONT GIVE YOU A'S IN SCHOOL, BUT UR BRAINS. ETHIPIA N CAPE VARDE HVE PROLLY BEEN PLAYING WITH THE SAME SQUAD FOR YRS. THEY CAN PROLLY EVEN PLAY TOGETHER AS A UNIT WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED. ASSEMBLING A BUNCH OF SELFISH, FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR FOREIGN CONTRACTS, 3 DAYS BEFORE AN AFCON QUALIFIER IS SIMILAR TO COMMITTING SUICIDE. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. GH DIDNT BEAT MALAWI 12 NIL IN 62 BCOS WE ASSEMBLED OUR PLAYERS 3 DAYS BEFORE WE PLAYED THEM. ITS BCOS OF OUR HIGH LEVEL OF PREPARATION AND WORK ETHIC BACK THEN. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. WAT HAS CHANGED IS TODAY'S GFA AND THE WAY THEY DO THINGS. CONGRATS TO COACH APPIAH ON THE QUALIFICATION, BUT IM NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR METHODS AND STRATEGIES AT ALL. THEY SAY A BIRD IN HAND IS BETTER THAN 2 IN THE BUSH. FUCK DAT SHIT! I WANT THE 2 IN THE BUSH PLUS THE ONE IN MY HAND...... PICTURE OF 82 TEAM WITH THE TROPHY MUST BE IN APPIAH'S ROOM AND IN THE TRAINING ROOM OF THE SQUAD AT THE TOURNAMNT. IF THEY SEE IT ENUFF, THEY WILL BELIEVE THEY CAN WIN IT. ALSO, GET THESE PLAYERS TO LIFT METAL. BRING IN A FITNESS/STRENTHENING COACH. C ALL MANULE AGOGO JR AND ABEYIE TO PLAY THE 7
  • Chidi says:
    October 16, 2012 05:19 am
    i like how Nigeria is not seeded or considered as the "Big guns" anymore...we are tired of being called that name with nothing to show for it...we are entering this tournament now as underdogs...we will do the business as underdogs and not as a "team with big names." and win the damn trophy unceremoniously.
  • Akwasi-Owusu says:
    October 16, 2012 07:43 am
    GH FUO, THINK BIG .... Please... this is one of the most stupid things I've ever heart -_-... Like you can compare Real Madrid en Barcalona with Ashanti kotoko and Berkum Chelsea please man... you are making a fool out of yourself -_-
  • NABY says:
    October 15, 2012 05:24 pm
    We might find ourselves in the same group as Nigeria,Algeria and DR Congo
  • KWAME PITO says:
    October 16, 2012 03:15 pm
    THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCED GUYS MUST BE AT THE AFCON AT ALL COST 1) PAINTSIL,(Opare will be his sub) 2) ESSIEN 3) MUNTARI (if he can)