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Ghana legend Rev Osei Kofi urges coach Appiah to start Clottey against China

Published on: 13 August 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana legend Rev Osei Kofi wants Emmanuel Clottey to lead the Black Stars line in Wednesday's international friendly against China.

Clottey is among two local players that have been called up by head coach Kwesi Appiah for the friendly against the Asian giants.

The 24-year-old has become an attractive goal scoring brand on the continent after showcasing amazing prowess in this year's Caf Champions League.

The Berekum Chelsea red-hot has warmed the bench of the Black Stars for sometime,  but after scoring 12 goals in 8 matches in Africa's elite inter club competition,  there are many who argue it may be time to start him despite the return of leading marksman Asamoah Gyan.

The former Asante Kotoko great believes it is time for coach Appiah to put confidence in the striker by handing him a starting role on Wednesday.

“If you look at his performace for his club side, I must say that he is doing very well and deserve to be encouraged,” Rev Kofi said

“Playing for a club and the national team are two different things and also come with it own variations,”

“I know players who have performed  tremendously well for their clubs but struggle anytime they wear their national jerseys,”

“But nevertheless we should give him a try. It is a friendly and so he should be allowed to start for us to see him. Let  him confirm to us what he can really do,”

“That is the only way by which we can build the capacity of our local players.”

Caoch Kwesi Appiah is yet to determine his starting line-up against the Chinese but there is a growing sense of belief in the West African country that the ex- Ghana defender is leaning towards picking Clottey ahead of Richmond Boakye Yiadom and Abdul Majeed Waris.

 

 

Comments

  • Brady says:
    August 13, 2012 08:23 pm
    A good coach can play both Gyan and Clottey, they could easily switch position to confuse the defenders. Warris and Boakyie should also play at least 25 minutes. I believe all these strikers are here to stay after this game. Jordan should watch out.
  • Nameless says:
    August 13, 2012 09:34 pm
    I totally aggre with you Rev Clottey is a true #9 a deadilly finisher he scores 5 out of 4 clear cut chances he gets that is the mark of an exellent striker .He just needs to work extra hard not to slow down after buying some gulf car as most of our players do.
  • MR boii says:
    August 13, 2012 09:35 pm
    why just one striker always??? try 4-3-3 more striking forces= more goals! Clottey - Gyan - Boakye Atsu - Annan - Kwadwo Boye Mensah - Nuhu Kwarasey
  • MR boii says:
    August 13, 2012 09:37 pm
    i meant: -------Clottey-------Gyan-------Boakye---------- Atsu_----------------Annan--------------Asamoah Boye----------Vorsah--Mensah------------Nuhu --------------------Kwarasey--------------------
  • BABA says:
    August 13, 2012 10:26 pm
    Coach plse give a chance. Eei gh, we get some good coaches here
  • Yaashi_pypa says:
    August 13, 2012 10:41 pm
    clottey may get injured b4 their match agains Al ahly so must chelsea allow him.moreover he might even sit on de bench.masa dnt force boy into mediocre matches whilst u bench him in competitive ones
  • Blow says:
    August 13, 2012 11:57 pm
    This is the time to have a good look at Gyimah who can easily replace Essien. seriously
  • Al says:
    August 14, 2012 12:26 am
    with the personel at hand...3-5-2 is the best way to go and get everyone involved ----Majeed----Clottey---- Atsu---------------Acheampong --Kwadwo--Boateng--Annan-- --Razak--John Boye--Afful-- as for the strikers, boakye and gyan can come on at the half, the remaining midfielder can swap in at half as well and so can the remaining defenders and GK..this is the best and efficient way to be competetive with the squad he called and still get everyone on the pitch for a substantial amount of time...Gyan should NOT start because if he does it will show that people have reserved spots on the team
  • KWAME NAAGBEWA says:
    August 14, 2012 08:35 am
    Lets not get over confident. Ghana's prime formation is 4-5-1. This formation suits our style of play and makes maximum use of our abundant strong midfielders whilst making it very difficult for the opposition to score goals at the same time. Lets not forget what happened when A.Aplayed two strikers against Zambia. Ghana's ever reliable formation should be either 4-5-1! or 4-4-1-1 simple!
  • watataman says:
    August 14, 2012 08:45 am
    Time to rely on one striker Is over, we need two deadly strikers upfront. Though clottey is good, its up to coach to make a selection. No one should influence his team selection period.
  • wilson says:
    August 17, 2012 05:10 pm
    Lets not get over confident. Ghana’s prime formation is 4-5-1. This formation suits our style of play and makes maximum use of our abundant strong midfielders whilst making it very difficult for the opposition to score goals at the same time. Lets not forget what happened when A.Aplayed two strikers against Zambia. Ghana’s ever reliable formation should be either 4-5-1! or 4-4-1-1 simple!