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Have your say: Who should be in Ghana's midfield for 2013 AFCON

Published on: 06 December 2012

Undoubtedly the most competitive department of the Black Stars team, GHANAsoccernet.com assesses the chances of some players in earning a spot in the Ghana midfield for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kwadwo Asamoah

It’s a no brainer that the Juventus player is top of the list. His skill and passing ability will be greatly required if Ghana is to end the 31-year wait for a fifth African title in South Africa.

Andre Ayew

Aside his recent misdemeanor in the side, the Olympique Marseille enforcer’s time with the Black Stars is unblemished. Since bursting onto the scene as a 20-year-old, the second son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele has never looked back. His current club form makes him an imperative factor of why the Black Stars might do well at the AFCON.

Christian Atsu

For a 20-year-old to emerge an important piece of any side in the world  in such a relatively short space of time tells the while story of the FC Porto man. His ability and sheer talent on the ball makes the diminutive figure just a delight to watch and is already tipped as one of the potential stars to watch out for in South Africa.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

If Ghana is to flourish in attack, some sort of solidity is required to snuff out the reverse. Nobody (perhaps an Essien in his peak) does that better for the Black Stars than Agyemang-Badu. The Udinese player also has a good shot on him to complement for his defensive specialty. His recent injury problems is however a source of worry but when fit, no one drops the ‘Milling Machine’.

Mubarak Wakaso

Wakaso emergence is highly refreshing as one of the few utility players in the side. A pure workaholic and no nonsense character, the Espanyol lad will be needed when it comes to the crunch especially when tackles start flying in against the other strongmen on the continent.

Anthony Annan

Doesn’t play regularly for his club but hardly has a bad day in a Black Stars shirt. As ‘Mr Reliable’ he is the go-to-guy that every coach would love as part of his arsenal.

Derrick Boateng

We appear to be running a bit thin on central midfielders who can actually pass the ball while helping out with defensive duties and that is what the 29-year-old provides. Just like Annan or even worse, Boateng doesn’t play at all for his club. He is also very much prone to bad days but always a delight to watch when he is on form.

Yahaya Mohammed

He has scored more goals than any other Ghana midfielder vying for a place, in fact he is the leading goalscorer in the Ghana Premier League and yet not a striker. Only problem is that, he is not tested at international level much less a tournament Ghana wants to win like the Nations Cup. But for my money, he is good to earn a spot in the team, if we can’t find it, then our league is totally rubbish.

Stand-by’s

Usually, the midfeld quoat for a tournament squad is eight. Meaning the aforementioned players per GHANAsoccernet.com’s assessment will make the cut.

However, there are a few others who can also get in the squad if not for its tightness.

But unfortunately for them, luck and divine intervention can see them on the plane to South Africa.

Afriyie Acquah

Every team going to a tournament needs to start grooming someone. This resurrects fond memories of one Kwadwo Asamoah the 2008 CAN who never kicked a ball in the tournament but once. Today, the results is there for all to see. Acquah’s course massively helped by his debut goal against Malawi but for a young player, you need to be performing on a regular basis for you club and he is certainly not getting that at Parma.

Rabiu Mohammed

Another one for the future but concerns over his ability to mix it in the tackles in midfield due to his structure could cost him.

Emmanuel Frimpong

2013 Nations Cup might come just too early for him as we are not certain of what we are going to get. But he is a proven string lad and might just get lucky.

Comments

  • Nana says:
    December 07, 2012 07:29 pm
    Christian Atsu Agyemang Badu Kwadwo Asamoah Andre Ayew Sulley Muntari Mohammed Rabiu Afriyie Acquah Wakaso Mubarak
  • MUSAH FIFA says:
    December 07, 2012 06:53 am
    Annan has no place in Osasuna, not even on their bench, so why should he be in the Black Stars?
  • Rasheed says:
    December 06, 2012 09:08 pm
    Nyantakyie and Kwesi Appiah are clowns.
  • anokwale says:
    December 06, 2012 09:29 pm
    I actually agree that Kwadwo Asamoah might need to go. He is a great player but he does not have the confidence to score and if he is being put behind the lone striker he is supposed to be a scoring threat. If he is going to be on the team, I think he is clearly a defensive mid fielder who would do quite well in front of the back four. When you need him to score it just never happens.
  • Rasheed says:
    December 06, 2012 09:06 pm
    Has Frimpong been tested? Ghanaman.Is Annang a bench warmer or regular player?
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 07, 2012 04:53 am
    rasheed, wat is ur point here? both yahya and frimpong have no busimess with GBSTAR, PERIOD. ANNAN MUST GO TO AFCON 2013. HE PLAYS IN THE BEST LEAGUE ON THE PLANET AND EVEN SCORES GOALS WHEN HE PLAYS FOR GH. UNLIKE KWADWO ASAMOAH
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 06, 2012 08:53 pm
    IF I WERE AA, I WOULD LOEAVE KWADWO ASAMOAH OFF THIS AFCON. HE HAS APPEARED IN OVER 40 GAMES WITH ONLY 1 GOAL AND LIKE 2/3 ASSISTS TO HIS NAME IN A GBSTAR JERSEY. THIS IS UNFIRGIVABLE, UNPARDONABLE AND IT BEATS ME THAT NO ONE IS SEEING THIS. GOING FORWARD....DEDE, AFRIYIE ACQUAH/RABIU CAN PLAY AS ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS. ATSU N WAKASSO ON THE LEFT WING ANNAN AND BADU AS ROAMING MIDFIELDERS FRIMPONG IS NOT READY, NOT CONSISTENT SO PLS DONT CALL HIM TO COME N CAUSE DISTURBANCE ON FACEBOOK N TWITTER. YAHYA IS JUST A CHAN PRODUCT AT THE MOMENT DEREK BOATENG SHOULD BE RETIRED. RETIRE THIS FAKE RASTA FROM GBSTAR. U HAVE PAID UR DUES NOT ITS TIME FOR OTHERS TO TAKE OVER, WAI. GO N PLAY IN THE SEA IF DEREK BOATENG N PAINSTIL WANT. I DONT WANT TO SEE THE SHADOWS OF THESE 2 PLAYERS AT AFCON 2013. I MEAN HOW CAN PPL EVEN THINK OF THESE 2 OLUMEN WHEN THEY PROFESSIONALLY WALLOWED IN MEDIOCRITY AT AFCON 2012? TWEEEAAAA....
  • Pillar says:
    December 06, 2012 06:56 pm
    The coach should shift Mubarak Wakaso to left back position because he has played that role excellently before when he featured for the 2007 under-17 world championship. The midfield should have gurus like Anthony Annan, Andre Ayew, Agyemang Badu, Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Derek Boateng, Emmanuel Frimpong and Yahaya Mohammed.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 07, 2012 05:01 am
    AFRICANUS, FACTS ARE FACTS. IF JOHN MENSAH A HALF FIT CAPTAIN. CAN MANAGE TO SCORE 3 GOALS IN A TOURNAMNT HE BARELY PLAYED A FULL 90 MINUTES IN. THEN WHAT EXCUSE DOES A PLAYER LIKE KWADWO ASAMOAH HAVE OF NOT SCORING? AFTERLL, EVERYTIME HE APPEARS FOR GH, HE PLAYS AS AN ATTACKING MIDFIELDER BEHIND THE STRIKERS. YET HE CANT SCORE. OVER 40 APPEARANCES AND THIS FOOL HAS 1 GOAL AS A GBSTAR PLAYER. I MEAN THIS IS VERY VERY BAD. I HEAR JUVE DONT WANNA LET HIM GO. FINE. WE HAVE WCUP QUALIFIERS N 2014 COMING UP. LEAVE KWADWO FOR JUVENTUS. WE HAVE MORE THAN HUNGRY PLAYERS WHO ARE WILLING TO CHALLENGE AND SCORE SOME GOALS IN THAT ATTACKING MIDFIELDER POSITION. LEAVE KWADWO
  • Al-baashar@ T- Town says:
    December 07, 2012 05:35 am
    i just dey watch wat will happen Akwasi Appiah. quality players of all standards, we need technically good coach to streamline their ability and agility to bring them together as a unit in what we call a world class team, to be able to become Afcon champions 2013 and perhaps worid champions 2014 insha allah. this is something we can achieve if we blend the right materials with our national support. i rest my case.
  • John Mahama says:
    December 06, 2012 06:28 pm
    why are all our good players 'leftees'?
  • Holo says:
    December 06, 2012 06:49 pm
    ENOCH ADU KOFI SHOULD BE CALLED. HES AN EXCELLENT PLAYER. HE PLAYED EXTREMELY WELL AGAINST CHELSEA IN THE UCL GAME LAST NIGHT
  • Target says:
    December 06, 2012 05:14 pm
    Kwadwo Asamoah,Andre Ayew,Yahaya Mohammed,Christian Atsu,Anthony Annan,Afriyie Acquaha and Muntari
  • John says:
    December 06, 2012 05:25 pm
    Blackstars Topclass Midfield: Atsu (LW)---------------------------------Ayew (RW) ------ K. Asamoah (CM)---- Muntari (CM) ----------- ---------------- Frimpong (DM) --------------------
  • agyei says:
    December 06, 2012 05:27 pm
    who is PYB? RYB/RBY? Richmond Boakye-Yiadom? Who the heck is PYB?
  • kuukuphilly says:
    December 06, 2012 04:47 pm
    god help us,all these players and the trophy is still eluding us.
  • James says:
    December 07, 2012 08:27 am
    Nobody is talking about adiyah again.the guy was just a fluke
  • Mannie says:
    December 06, 2012 04:04 pm
    Astu, Frimpong, dede, K.asamoa, Badu as starters. drop annan. he's got no ball sense!
  • Robeen says:
    December 06, 2012 04:07 pm
    So we have all forgotten Quincy Owusu Abeyie? A quality player, better than half of the list above. And where is Adomah? Eh Ghana !!!!
  • braquarme says:
    December 06, 2012 03:33 pm
    Adu kofi is also good, he has been impresive so far and was decent against chealsea in the champs league yestee
  • Ghanaman says:
    December 06, 2012 02:55 pm
    Stop acting like agents. Derek Boateng has played 2 games this year. Acquah should take his spot. Acquah has played more games Yayah Mohammed has not been tested with the team so NO!!!
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    December 06, 2012 02:48 pm
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  • access says:
    December 06, 2012 03:01 pm
    Kwadwo Asamoah,Andre Ayew,Mubarak Wakaso,Christian Atsu,Anthony Annan,Afriyie Acquaha and Muntari should dorminate Ghana midfeild...Gyan,Quicy and PYB should lead Ghana attack..
  • nak02 says:
    December 07, 2012 11:20 am
    well musah, with all the ball k asamoah plays for juve and udinese b4, u wud hardly notice him when he plays for the black stars. there are some players who always shine for ghana no matter what. and that includes annan
  • kwakwe says:
    December 07, 2012 02:47 am
    hey guys do you know which channels in the US will be showing AFCON 2013 or which online sites will stream it live. thanks
  • yaw2 says:
    December 07, 2012 02:25 am
    AA have all the talents and quality players to win AFCON2013... We hope he pick the best players for Ghana...
  • Africanus says:
    December 07, 2012 01:26 am
    Why don't you tell us when Kwadwo Asamoah became a striker?