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Greuther Fürth manager Kramer rested Baba Rahman to 'protect' him ahead of World Cup

Published on: 13 March 2014
Baba Abdul Rahman

By Patrick Akoto

Greuther Fürth manager Frank Kramer has passed a massive vote of confidence in defender Baba Abdul Rahman, saying he rested the Ghanaian during their 2-0 win at Bochum to ‘protect’ him ahead of his potential involvement at this year’s World Cup.

Thomas Pledl took the place of the 19-year-old during the Bundesliga 11 clash at the Rewirpower Stadion on Monday.

Krammer gave the Ghanaian, who has become an important piece at the club,  a breather by resting him for the game.

He has revealed however that he opted to leave him out of the game to ‘protect’ him ahead of his potential call-up into the Black Stars ahead of the World Cup.

“I wanted to protect him (Baba Rahman). He has hope of going to the World Cup with Ghana,” he said

“He is a fine player who should be in Brazil. When he gets that chance, I believe he will explode.

“But of course such matters are left with their national team coach. He will have to decide that.”

Rahman has insisted he can still squeeze into Ghana’s 2014 World Cup squad following his outstanding displays for German outfit Greuther Furth.

Regarded as one of the brightest talent to have emerged from the African country, Rahman has become an important piece for the Germany second-tier side over the past two seasons.

Many have tipped the Ghana Under-20 star to make the final squad as he is seen as the ideal man to solve the unremitting left-back role in the team.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • boro says:
    March 13, 2014 06:55 pm
    So this guy is not going to play again till AA call up his players for the world cup?
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    March 14, 2014 03:11 am
    His coach is doing him a big dis-service. Very little logic. When top players are still actively playing, you a fringe player is being rested. And he is not even a striker or a Kevin Prince Boateng!
  • Final Whistle says:
    March 14, 2014 02:21 pm
    Maybe there are other side of his statement that were not captured. Coaches know the physical play of their opponents. Maybe their opponents were that type of players that tackle any how. Hence protecting his player from injury.
  • sam va says:
    March 14, 2014 10:33 am
    I don't see the sense in this. If he is tired and you want to rest him and use him in more important matches then you have a good point but the world cup is not here yet plus he is not even a regular player for the black stars so manager please come again.