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Ghana coach Appiah defiant about Asamoah's left-back role ahead of Uganda clash

Published on: 04 September 2014
Kwadwo Asamoah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will not back on constant criticism over the deployment of Kwadwo Asamoah at left-back and insists he will even use him in post if that best suit his tactics ahead of the Uganda AFCON clash. 

The Ghanaian trainer has come under line of fire for the decision to use the 24-year-old at left-back in the Black Stars despite the availability of many natural full-backs.

Even though the 24-year-old excelled in the role during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, critics have attributed that decision as one of the reasons for the country’s disastrous campaign at the global piece.

Asamoah has insisted in the past that he's not comfortable being drafted in defense as he sees himself as the creative force in the African side.

But the under-fire Black Stars coach says he’s unsure where he will deploy the former Udinese man ahead of Saturday’s 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.

“When it comes to tactics, you plan it depending on the opponent you are facing,” he said

“Kwadwo Asamoah is a utility player and can play wherever you put him.

“If for instance Kwadwo can play as a goalkeeper and a feel he can play at that particular time, I will play him in post.

“I cannot tell you know whether I will put him at the back or whether he moves forward.”

Appiah has called up Leicester City defender Jeffrey Schlupp and German-based Baba Abdul Rahman, which has heightened hopes Asamoah will be shifted to his favourite midfield position.

The Black Stars will be hoping to win the Ghanaian fans over with a heavy win after a calamitous World Cup campaign in Brazil where the team failed to go past the group phase.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • LeShaq says:
    September 04, 2014 06:56 pm
    There he goes again always saying 'TACTICS and yet nothing comes up. Tactics fone.
  • obele says:
    September 04, 2014 07:04 pm
    Akwasi appiah and tactics, meanwhile nothing good comes out of it.
  • obele says:
    September 04, 2014 07:09 pm
    Every interview u grant u mention tactics. maybe if u stop sayng it u will do better. aaaah tactician paa nie?
  • sari says:
    September 04, 2014 07:15 pm
    This Guy is really annoying.What is the essence of calling Baba Rahman And Jeffery who both are big hit in their various leagues..I suspend my support for Ghana until he is sacked n the FA boss As Well..Go Uganda...
  • sterlingz says:
    September 04, 2014 08:27 pm
    honestly I won't waste my breath on Akwasi again. he is too stubborn nd that will cause his downfall. hope he doesn't wear that bribed suit he took from the us coach.. .
  • maston says:
    September 04, 2014 08:34 pm
    Stupid coach. Kwasea what the hell is Schlupp and co doing over there? Can u play him as a left back? Always clueless
  • lion-fire says:
    September 04, 2014 06:20 pm
    Arrogant, stubbornness, typical of losers.
  • Boro says:
    September 04, 2014 09:36 pm
    I supported this during the world cup but not now. You should be able to get a permanent natural left full back. This problem had been there even before you took over. If you still cannot find a listing solution to this problem then i think i have to agree with those who want to see your back.
  • the minnows says:
    September 04, 2014 06:42 pm
    every thing scarter scarter.
  • Champion says:
    September 05, 2014 07:14 pm
    Black Stars is for GFA , not Ghanaians, so I'm not even wasting my energy on them again. I better get some serious team and support.
  • kobby L says:
    September 04, 2014 10:16 pm
    Everybody stop screaming, he will not play kasa at LB. He is saying that if he has to then he is not afraid to make that choice, he just wants to give the idea that he is a strong independent manager who will make his own decision. He is not a fool to play Kasa at LB while Schlupp and Baba are on the bench and KPB and Muntari are missing. Take your time GSN readers
  • Adebayo says:
    September 04, 2014 10:19 pm
    You have a home game and you are in a position of strength with respect to your opponent. The question about Kwadwo Asamoah is whether you will play him in the position where he is most productive!
  • lolvsfunny says:
    September 05, 2014 06:44 am
    If you are he's spokesman then please advise him to stop talking/thinking of putting square pegs in round holes because this provokes fans
  • Boro says:
    September 05, 2014 09:19 am
    Sometimes square pegs can be inserted into round holes by just simply making the round holes bigger in diameter than the square pegs. Hahahahaha!
  • koff scoff says:
    September 05, 2014 10:15 am
    Ghana soccer belongs to few individuals o,they call the shots,all the rest are spectators.The writing is on the wall that without Muntari the best option is to play Kwadwo Asamoah at the midfield.He's got 85% pass accuracy.Wakasso has 70% pass accuracy while Ayew has 75%.With Kwadwo Ayew and Atsu manning the midfield and Agyemang Badu adding impetus to the forward line Ghana could make an impact. Adams,Esperance,Baba Rahman,Boye Awal,Agyeman Badu, Atsu, Majeed,Gyan,Kwadwo, Ayew,
  • nhyira says:
    September 05, 2014 12:21 pm
    AA such a typical moron who does not even deserve to coach even third division is talking so please let's listen to this moron.....3ny3 wo fault corruption na ay3 Stupid FA foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooools.