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Ghana's injured trio return to training ahead of Cape Verde clash

Published on: 29 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana’s injured trio of Anthony Annan, Mubarak Wakaso and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom returned to light training on Tuesday.

The return of the three players who are nursing various degrees of injuries comes at an opportune time as Ghana enters into the knockout stages of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Boakye-Yiadom is yet to play a part in Ghana’s campaign in South Africa after picking up an injury in one of Ghana’s warm up matches in the lead up to the Nations Cup.

Annan on the other hand has not played for the Black Stars since coming on as a second half substitute in the 2-2 draw with DR Congo in the Group B opener.

The on-loan Schalke player at Osasuna has been battling an ankle injury he picked up during the pre-Nations Cup camping in Abu Dhabi.

Wakaso who has been one of the most impressive players for Ghana in the tournament hurt his knee in the 1-0 win over Mali.

The injury initially feared to be serious has only kept the Espanyol player out for just a couple of days.

The recovering players however did not join the full set for Tuesday’s training session.

After jogging, the trio were separated to do their own kick about.

It is however uncertain at this point whether these players will be fully fit for Ghana’s quarter final game against Cape Verde on Saturday.

But the early signs of their recovery serves a big boost to the squad who are looking to end a 31-year wait for an African title this term in South Africa.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Viper says:
    January 29, 2013 01:33 pm
    Now we need stability, starting with the coach,with experienced players and of course the Ayews to booster the squad,it only bodes well for Ghana football.whilst we are it, we mould the next generation of young players to take the mantle from the current squad.
  • lalasu says:
    January 29, 2013 02:40 pm
    I dont understand u guys when u talk about fielding experienced players. what experienced players do we have? are u talking about John Mensahs n others who are struggling to get a team or what. if u dont take a player to a tournament, how is he going to get experience, leave the coach to do his work. moreover, the tournament is in session n if u talk about bringing in these players, are trying to say that they should now come n replace the players there now or what?
  • African Consciousness says:
    January 29, 2013 03:12 pm
    Starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, Samuel Inkoom, David Addy, Jerry Akaminko, Lee Addy, Joseph Duncan, Albert Adomah, Derek Boateng, Abdul Majeed Warris, Mubarak Wakasu, Nana Kwasi Asare. Reserves: Daniel Adjei, John Paintsil, Solomon Asante, Edwin Gyimah, Anthony Annan, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Richmond Boakye Yiadom. This is the squad that Coach Appiah used against Cape Verde in November. It was a bold line up with few of the current Black Stars starters. The Coach must use that fearless approach against Cape Verde in the quarter final match. Pick only players that will give you 100% without too many errors. Pick only players that will play total soccer have the fitness to attack with speed and recover quickly with speed to defend. All ten field players must be willing and able to fall back and front the opponents and help recover the ball and rejoin the attack. The Coach must select players with hearts of champions. The Coach must select players who have no fear, the Coach must select a starting eleven that will play for the sheer love of the game, love of country, trust and love for each other and never for themselves. The Coach must select a starting eleven that would take a cue from their Captain Gyan and be willing to sacrifice their own personal glory for the good of the team. From the quarter final game to the final game this must be the criteria for starting a game for the Black Stars. Players with total and absolute commitment to playing the best football. Do not worry about winning the game just play beautiful, disciplined tactical total football and the goals will flow and the victories will come. Keep the ball on the grass with short accurate passes. If you have to dribble do so because it is part of the game but do not lose the ball and if you do chase after it, you must be the first line of defense, do not lose the ball and expect somebody else to chase it, but your team-mates will be there to back you up. If you have to send in a long ball do so with accuracy without giving the ball to the opponent. Take a few seconds to compose yourself and strike to score. Be quick to strike but never be in hurry or rush your shot. Be cool but deadly with your strike. The defensive third is the heart of defense mistakes here can be costly, players must be quick and decisive in their actions. If under pressure a one touch quick clearance is the wise course of action. If there is time and space and it is safe to do so then defenders must get the ball to the midfielders. Go Black Stars, long live African football! My line up suggestion for the Coach: 1. Dauda 2. Akaminko 3. Kissi or Awal (which ever looks better at practice) 4. Jonathan 5. Vorsah 6. Annan 7. Rabiu 8. Adomah 9. Wakaso 10. Clottey 11. Atsu This line up is in line with my desire to give some of our Stars a rest going into the semi final and final games. This is the reason why I pasted the line up from the November game. Most of the players from the November game are not even on the final 23. The final 23 are the best of the best at this point in time. The Coach must not be afraid to rest his starters and use his bench. Some of those players on the bench are Stars waiting to explode into the African and World soccer scene give them a shot at it. Some of the starters have played every minute of the 90 in the 3 games so far. At this level of competition and the crunching tackling, it would not hurt to rest them and bring on some fresh legs. Remember Ivory Coast have been resting some of their Stars who would be fresh going into the semi and final games. I know there are several days till Saturday's game but taking a game off is a different kind of rest it is the psychological kind of rest. You rest your mind. By watching from the sidelines the players get a different perspective going into the next game. The Coaching and Technical Staff are right there on the ground and can make the best decision about their line up. We will respect their choice and support them 100%.
  • Ghanaman says:
    January 29, 2013 04:44 pm
    You don't know what you are talking about!!
  • kimco says:
    January 29, 2013 06:25 pm
    prove him wrong then. Atleast he's said something even though it's tl; dr.
  • Jaja says:
    January 29, 2013 07:02 pm
    African Counsciousness, you're a very smart man.
  • diggy says:
    January 29, 2013 07:12 pm
    where is zambia
  • Tetteyfio says:
    January 29, 2013 10:03 pm
    They have gone to bed