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Kwesi Appiah insists he dropped Jordan Ayew for footballing reasons

Published on: 13 December 2012

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has hailed the qualities of Jordan Ayew but says he dropped him from his squad for the Nations Cup purely for footballing reasons.

The exclusion of the 20-year-old has become a subject of massive debate in the country following his impressive displays for Olympique Marseille.

He was overlooked for the continental showpiece despite being voted Marseille Player of the month of  November.

But the Ghana boss insists he dropped him purely for footballing reasons.

“Jordan is a good player and has many years ahead of him,” Appiah said

“I don’t think it will be advisable to pinpoint reasons why I dropped him. Ghana has a pool of talents.

“There are thousands of them especially in the local league. If he’s in not in now, I have selected the players I believe can deliver for the nation.

“But it doesn't mean he will not be part of the national team. I have given many players the chance to play and I settled on these one.

The exclusion of the third son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele may not wash-away any time soon as many pundits and fans continue to discuss what might have accounted for his omission.


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kwesi says:
    December 13, 2012 09:59 pm
    Well. My only joy is that we have the chance together rid of this excuse of a coach before we resume the World Cup qualifiers. AA CANNOT TAKE US ANYWHERE WITH THIS ATTITUDE OF poor management.
  • Kwesi says:
    December 13, 2012 10:03 pm
    But you think selecting those jokers from Asante kotoko and the UAE will help.? Think again.
  • murtala says:
    December 14, 2012 01:48 am
    As much as i love you kwesi appiah,you reason for dropping jordan is not good enough,you are going for a tournament not a traning tour where you try to give every player chance in order to come out with you final list,so you go with your best,but not with the reason that you want to give every player the chance.
  • Kwesi says:
    December 13, 2012 10:03 pm
    But you think selecting those jokers from Asante kotoko and the UAE will help. Think again
  • Ike says:
    December 14, 2012 10:01 am
    AA said he selected players whom he has tested, if i may ask did he test yahaya? No and u cant compare yahaya with jordan i tink AA wil fail
  • Great says:
    December 14, 2012 02:51 pm
    Apart from gyan which of de strikers selected is better than jordan now? Though jordan is young he shd have been selected. Age shd'nt matter here but form.jordan is in top form now. He was voted marseille player of de month november.
  • MAtt says:
    December 13, 2012 09:42 pm
    Did you see him at the Nations Cup? He was practically invisible during the first few matches and only shone along tired players. If he's so good, why couldn't he enforce himself on games? Why didn't he bang in the goals at will? Besides, performing at club level doesn't instantly make you a star at international level. Ask Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi and Di Maria are lightyears ahead of Jordan. Andre Ayew has matured and improved, unlike Jordan. How many goals has Andre scored for his club? 4. And how many has Jordan scored for his club? 4. And who's the top scorer of Marseille? Andre-Pierre Gignac with 5. But look at Demba Ba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they scored at least twice of what the three of them scored. 27. Demba's scored 10 while Zlatan scored 17. That's seriously pathetic. We have no real strikers anymore. They're all decent when they're on red hot form. And that's sad. Selecting Jordan won't help anyway.
  • MAtt says:
    December 13, 2012 09:56 pm
    And also. stfu and move on with your life. From what I've seen, he's an overhyped, overloved striker with mediocre talent at least. Andre as already performed at both club and internationals, but Jordan.........well, let's see. Maybe I'm wrong. But your refusal to make a sensible argument as to why Appiah messed up by not calling up Jordan just validated my point. Also,sorry to be a grammar Nazi, but your comment was poorly written and spelt.
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    December 14, 2012 11:44 am
  • MAtt says:
    December 14, 2012 08:31 am
    No, I don't. But neither of us are the coach, so SHUT THE F*CK UP!
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    December 14, 2012 11:40 am
    Akwasi Appiah owes Ghanaians an explanation. He should tell us without any equivocation that the strikers he picked are BETTER than Jordan, MORE EXPERIENCED, MORE OF TEAM PLAYERS or MORE RESPECTFUL. he should give us the specific factor of or index he used
  • MAtt says:
    December 14, 2012 08:22 am
    Then go APPLY FOR THE JOB WHEN THE FIRE HIM! Sheesh. Why didn't any of you football experts go for the job when Stevanovic was fired? Because nobody here has the necessary qualifications or confidence. Go study some coaching courses immediately so you can get the job after our first-round elimination. Now. Because you don't have a coaching license, and your not a member of the GFA who can threaten him with losing his job or his paycheck if so & so isn't included, you CAN'T TELL THE COACH WHICH PLAYERS TO PICK SO YOU'LL BE HAPPY. You're not thinking this out rationally at all, you're thinking with your mouth, not your head, like so many football fans out there. Sad.
  • kingboat says:
    December 14, 2012 07:46 am
    Guyz,stop insultn the coach nd stop cursing the team. U dnt hv pwr 2 dtrmn the future of the coach or the team. AA, wth GOD on our side, we shall succeed.
  • maka says:
    December 13, 2012 08:50 pm
    ....thank u agyei! did AA really say that he doesnt have to pinpoint the reasons why he dropped him----thats the biggest bullcrap i have ever heard in a while. U dont have to pinpoint...? damn it...thats the very reason why we asked that u clear the air! Fool...! i am not really supporting Ghana this AFCON....!
  • agyei says:
    December 13, 2012 08:46 pm
    “Jordan is a good player and has many years ahead of him,” Appiah said “I don’t think it will be advisable to pinpoint reasons why I dropped him. Ghana has a pool of talents." ***** Bullshit Akwasi, that's crap! Many years ahead of wonder we have not won anything! How old is Messi or Di Maria...yet the former has won everything....and do u know when he started playing for Argentina? 2ndly, having a pool of talents does not mean u will select the right talents---and for this, you goofed by calling a midfielder who plays in a very weak league to become a striker! What folly idiocy Akwasi? Yahya is a midfielder....and he didn't even succeed in France with a weaker side...the same league Jordan is playing in and excelling0-----with a bigger club as a winger/striker! Akwasi Appiah lacks analytical ability...seriously! And that's gonna be Ghana's bane! Watch this space...cos we are coming home early! Nonsense! Kwasi Appiah..u are not fit to be Ghana's coach...period!
  • rankintuff says:
    December 13, 2012 06:49 pm
    Does mayele still hold a grudge for losing the captaincy to abedi pele in 1992 before the tournament in senegal.?
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    December 14, 2012 11:34 am
    Please cool down Agyei! the emotions aside, you are very much on point. sadly, the coach did not explain the "footballing reasons" he is purported to have given. In fact, there is no reason given at all.