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Ghana needs defensive leader to excel at World Cup- Sammy Kuffuor

Published on: 13 February 2014
Isaac Vorsah

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-Ghana defender Sammy insists the Black Stars require a defensive leader to excel at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Current coach Kwesi Appiah shuffled a number of defenders during the qualifying campaign where the Ghanaian qualified in style after beating Egypt 7-2 on aggregate.

The defensive frailties have been a major headache for local fans as Isaac Vorsah is yet to gain match fitness despite recovering after a six-month injury lay-off.

South African-based Rashid Sumaila and Jerry Akaminko stepped into the plate in the absence of Vorsah,  Boye and Jonathan Mensah during the crucial play-offs against Egypt especially and excelled.

However doubts hang over the ability of the five recognized centre-backs to step up to the plate in the absence of John Mensah.

And the ex-Bayern Munich star insists the country need a leader at the back to shine at the global piece.

“Our defense has no leadership and no personality.John Mensah is gone so somebody needs to step up,” Kuffuor is quoted by

“Every great defense needs somebody with a strong personality to command and organize and at the moment we have nobody doing that.”


  • John says:
    February 13, 2014 12:23 pm
    What is the state of Vorsah's recovery?Can somebody brief us on his condition?
  • Kofi(Atlanta) says:
    February 13, 2014 11:49 am
    Boye is back
  • Jaja says:
    February 13, 2014 12:58 pm
    We need Essien in defence, so that KPB takes over his role in midfield.
  • askantwi says:
    February 13, 2014 04:08 pm
    I doubt if Vorsah can return and hit top form before Brazil. He is not in line to start playing in one month. That puts him seriously behind schedule. I believe Edwin Gyimah will take up his place. Having a leader in defence is not neccessary. We need quick, talented and skillful players to do the job. Egypt will testify to this.
  • askantwi says:
    February 13, 2014 04:09 pm
    Shut the fuck up. U know nothing about football.
  • Jaja says:
    February 13, 2014 05:50 pm
    Wow why use such language? You mad bro?
  • hamzy says:
    February 13, 2014 06:18 pm
    We are in big problem this time around, cos we have no defends nor goal keeper.
  • Franciel says:
    February 14, 2014 01:44 am
    "Jaja" just leave that "askantwi" alone bro, the guy's stupid. Anywhoo i agree Essien can (and must) be our boss in defense (badu will replace him in midfield), BUT kpb no!!! Gyan and Waris, Ayew Muntari Badu and Asamoah that's what we need!!!