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Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi rubbishes purported leaked Black Stars squad

Published on: 24 April 2014
Ghana Black Stars team in training

Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has rubbished a 30-man provisional Black Stars World Cup squad released by the Ghana News Agency, describing it as ‘a figment of someone’s imagination’.

The state-owned news agency published the list on Wednesday claiming it to be that of coach Kwesi Appiah which was leaked as the squad to be sent to FIFA for June’s tournament in Brazil.

The squad published by the GNA on Wednesday had England-based duo Jeffery Schlupp and Emmanuel Frimpong as the surprise inclusions in the squad.

Experienced midfielder Anthony Annan also made the squad despite not being regular for his German club Schalke 04, likewise Austrian-based defender Isaac Vorsah.

The purported leaked list which generated a lot of debate in Ghana however did not include Afriyie Acquah who is one of Ghana’s consistent performers in Europe this season.

But Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi says the list fast gaining grounds is not authentic as Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah is yet to present his selection for the World Cup.

“This purported leaked list is the figment of someone’s imagination,” Nyantakyi told reporters on Thursday.

“I think someone dreamt of it and decided to publish it but the coach is yet to present anything to us.

“It is speculation and not official. He [Kwesi Appiah] will present his list to us on May 12 and it will be announced.”

There has been a lot of excitement in Ghana ahead of the naming of the squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Coach Kwesi Appiah will name his provisional squad by May 12 ahead of their trip to Rotterdam to begin intensive preparations towards June’s tournament in Brazil.


This article has 19 comment(s), give your comment
  • Benny says:
    April 24, 2014 01:09 pm
    I hope it is indeed someone's imagination.However if comedian Emmanuel Frimpong and Dauda are in the squad the heavens will rain brimstone.
  • paul says:
    April 24, 2014 01:40 pm
    GNA journalist who published the news yesterday has a secret agenda by advocating for inclusion of some players who might have paid some bribe of a sort for publicity.
  • kelvin says:
    April 24, 2014 01:42 pm
    better but they should make sure the final squad wouldn't include players who are bench warmers and because they or their managers sort out some people at the FA and the technical team they will be player who if they fail to include will bring problem and as Ghanaian and a tax payer we will never forgive them is Afriyie Acquah who play better and regularly than all our midfielders apart from Dede and Kwadwo Asamoah........12 May is just around the corner so we hope wat the FA boss is saying is true but he should make sure that wat the coach said that he will only invite active players not bench warmer are done ELSE.....................
  • selfmade says:
    April 24, 2014 02:11 pm
    So mister nyantakyi if it turns out to be true, should we call u a liar? This is the true squad and nothing else!!
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 24, 2014 02:11 pm
    This is why i didn't comment on yesterdays article... no need to elevate my blood pressure for GSN's incompetence..
  • selfmade says:
    April 24, 2014 02:14 pm
    Is the true list and they intentionally leaked it to test the PULSE of the Ghanaian fans but this man wants to be smart!! I cannot believe otherwise becasus it looks so legitimate and also has been released at the FIFA request time!! We are waiting!!
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 24, 2014 02:34 pm
    Kwasiafour!! No one ever dreamed of anything and decide to publish those rubbish out of ignorance ..kw3! There is no smoke without fire wai.thank God you dudes have been exposed in broad day light at the 11th hour guys wanted to fix lackadaisical players like Frimpong for playing for twitter FC constantly .while overlooking hard working players like Afriyie Aquah,Duncan,Nana Akwasi Asare,Yao Kumordzi,Accam and co.These few afore mentioned players are regulars at their clubs.By the way what justified the inclusion of Frimpong,I bet there's no one answer from Akwasi Appiah nor those Ali Baba and the 12 thieves at GFA than rubbishing the report from all corrupt folks..Nyantakyi should continue to support these nonsense but woe unto him should we dare fail in Brazil..He will run away from the FA office like crazy horse ..
  • kuukuphilly says:
    April 24, 2014 02:44 pm
    I knew it was bogus.
  • delo says:
    April 24, 2014 03:01 pm
    i knew it can't be true wen i saw de twiterfc captain frimpong in de whih coach in his rite sences wil select de arsenal reject at de xpence of afriyea acqua
  • selfmade says:
    April 24, 2014 03:25 pm
    I can bet anyone that this list ll not be different from what the fa ll release!
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 24, 2014 03:32 pm
    hahaha, assemblyman, twitter FC paaa.. lol
  • selfmade says:
    April 24, 2014 03:33 pm
    If anyone is thinking like there is a legit lists from this, then that person is not an avid follower of football proceedings in this country!! Are there any names on this leaked lists that different from what we expected? Anytime there is going to be a major tournament, the fa intentionally leaked the squad list out to see the reactions of the public and they ll come back to deny it but later the leaked lists turn out to be no different from the fas list!! Watch this space and see if the fa list ll be any different! I don't know why Ghanaians have short memories and easily FOOL LIKE THAT!!
  • boro says:
    April 24, 2014 03:37 pm
    'se yehwe'
  • selfmade says:
    April 24, 2014 03:47 pm
    Am just surprised people are saying this is fake list because nyantakyi has said SO!! Hahahahaaa!! Infact people on this forum has no respect for history!! U put your trust and believe kwasia NYANTAKYI? LOL!! DAMN! This man ll come back later to defend this same list he said is fake with his LIFE and SMILES! Mark today!! As for me INFAMOUS M.A.D.E, I know this is the final list and nobody can TRICK ME! They gave this list to ghanaweb, ghanasoccernet. ....and KWABENA YEBOAHS PAPER?
  • selfmade says:
    April 24, 2014 03:55 pm
    Anytime KWABENA YEBOAHS paper and GNA comes out with the final list for any major tournament, it turns out to be true and infact exact PHOTOCOPY OF FA'S lists! If anybody is day dreaming of inclusion of any further players, then that person better wake up from his SLUMBER! LOL.. Trust nyantakyi and fa at your own peril!
  • Benito says:
    April 24, 2014 04:00 pm
    why will someone else,s job increase my blood pressure?even if this is the true list what can anyone on this forum do to change it? This is ridiculous!!!
  • Assemblyman says:
    April 24, 2014 04:59 pm
    Nana isn't this obvious!! The truth is as big and opened as the pussy of an ashawo from circle .yet these small dicks of Akwasi Appiah and Nyantakyi ,who is the Ali Baba along with his 12 thieves at the GFA are fooling around just sorry an old man like Oti Akinteng who is the technical director can't finger out some of these truth to these younger dudes at the FA .sometimes it's sad to say the national pledge of Ghana and be corrupt.we pledge to be selfless to the service our motherland Ghana in upholding the good name in high esteem..yet these patriotic words doesn't change or reflect positively on the lives of these so called leaders..
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 24, 2014 06:13 pm
    lol. i read your post yesterday... i refrained from commenting on the article because i thought it was pointless. when the real list comes out, i promise u will hear from keith from germany, zi .langa and the rest... take it easy assemblyman...
  • Bayonet says:
    April 25, 2014 07:52 am
    I only pray that they should include Afriyie Acquah and Ainooson the local BS defender. God bless our homeland Ghana.