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Ghana star Michael Essien touts Afriyie Acquah's credentials for 2014 World Cup

Published on: 27 March 2014
Afriyie Acquah

By Ameenu Shardow

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AC Milan star Michael Essien is backing the inclusion of youngster Afriyie Acquah in Ghana’s squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 22-year-old has been in superb form for Parma this term – propping up his chances of returning to the Black Stars squad for the world showpiece this summer.

On loan from German club TSG Hoffenheim, the ex Palermo man has made 19 appearances for Serie-A and has earned plaudits from his coach Roberto Donadoni for his consistent displays.

And now experienced Michael Essien believes Acquah’s youth and agility could be a positive for the Black Stars at the World Cup despite facing intense competition in the midfield department to clinch one of the available 23 slots.

"I had the opportunity to get to know Acquah during one of the recent national team training camps,” Essien disclosed to BBC Sport.

“He is a player with great talent and has his head firmly on his shoulders. If he can maintain his desire to work hard and keep developing, he could become one of the future pillars of the Ghana team.

"I believe that already in Brazil he will be able to play an important role in helping us get as far as possible in the tournament."

Acquah’s surge in form has complicated the selection of coach Kwesi Appiah for the tournament due to the several quality midfielders he has to chose from.

The youngster could however profit from the uncertain form of some of the key Black Stars players in recent times to make the squad for the World Cup in June.


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • real sabacious says:
    March 27, 2014 10:23 am
    Yeah has been impressive this season but he seems to be a bit sluggish to my liking, good but he has to improve on his passing ability. He's also not good on one on one situation. I forsee the days of Badu numbered after the world cup, cofie, Dauda, Duncan, Frimpong, Chipsah and Acquah gonna be the new face of the black stars midfield. All they need is the confidence, I have been impressed by Duncan, his confidence on the field when ever he plays is superb! Not to talk of his tactical and intelligence play.
  • Vaky says:
    March 27, 2014 11:54 am
    I think Afriyie Acquah and Duncan qualify as good materials for this world cup. Back ups for old and experienced guys like Essien and Muntari. I hope Badu maintains his current form and improves on it too. Mohammed should recover early to build some form also. With Dede, Warris, KP Boateng, and Gyan in form it would be a masterpiece at the would cup. Go Ghana!
  • Zi Kalanga says:
    March 27, 2014 12:37 pm
    Alfred Duncan is better than all of them. I don't trust Akwasi Appiah
  • Half Plot says:
    March 27, 2014 12:50 pm
    Duncan is the best
  • Dr Who says:
    March 27, 2014 01:05 pm
    more headache for AA
  • dennis says:
    March 27, 2014 02:23 pm
    Why is our coach not playn wakasu at left back he will b the perfect player for dat positn at the world cup and dat will leave one slot in midfield for acquah or duncan
  • dennis says:
    March 27, 2014 02:59 pm
    Why is our coach not playn wakasu at left back he is a hard tackler aggresive fast energetic a good passer of the ball and shoots well he will b the perfect solution to our aching problem the world cup is a big stage and if k asamoah played at that position at the africa cup then wakasu should b psyched up for dat position which will leave a slot in midfield for either afriyie or duncan
  • dennis says:
    March 27, 2014 04:21 pm
    Honestly lookn at my proposed 23 man squad there still may not b room for them in any position:fatau kwarasey adams-inkoom afful-wakasu opare-boye vorsah-jonathan sumaila-badu rabiu-essien muntari-dede adomah-k. asamoah atsu-kp warris-a. Gyan b.yiadom:there is virtually no space
  • Nii Bi says:
    March 30, 2014 08:46 pm
    I personally believe that the young ones should be giving the urge to prove themselves. Ghana has more than enough to prove the rest of the world what we are made up of.
  • dennis says:
    March 28, 2014 11:09 pm
    Solo paa tell me who does not deserve to b in the squad I will be 98% correct when the list is released
  • solomon says:
    March 28, 2014 01:52 pm
    Is good to share your views but no one can detect for the coach let him do what is expected of him just pray for him and the team. Just been civil tv coaches
  • Benito says:
    March 27, 2014 11:35 am
    It's headache for the coach for selection in the midfield but it's a good problem.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 27, 2014 11:39 am
    The truth is Ghana has more mid fielders than any position so is up to the coaches to determine who gets the nod.