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Kwesi Appiah won't bow to pressure to include Adams in World Cup squad

Published on: 03 February 2014
Stephen Adams

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says he won’t bow to public pressure to include goalkeeper Stephen Adams in his squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Adams has been hugely praised for his sterling performance for the Local Black Stars at the recently concluded African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in South Africa.

The Aduana Stars shot-stopper proved himself at the tournament and exhibited a lot of confidence in post which has won him many admirers.

Many including legendary Ghanaian coach Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie has clamoured for the inclusion of the 24-year-old into the Black Stars ahead of June’s World Cup in Brazil.

But the Ghanaian trainer says he won’t cow to public pressure to include the goalkeeper despite his impressive performance at the CHAN tournament.

“I have always said that national team belongs to all Ghanaians. I am still monitoring the progress of all our players,” Appiah said

“Adams had a good tournament but it doesn’t guarantee him a place in my squad. I don’t pick players simply because they excelled in three or four games.

“It has to be a consistent performance before one is considered. The World Cup is still some months away and so anything at all can happen.

“I am not in a habit of rushing players into the team. We have to take it easy and continue to monitor their progress. It doesn’t matter what people say.

“The collective good of the nation is my paramount interest. All those who played in the CHAN and those back at home and abroad will be looked at."

Adams did his image a lot of good with a commanding performance which has heightened his potential inclusion in the final squad to the global showpiece.

However, former Ghana goalkeeper Abubakar Damba has insisted he is not matured enough and should be drafted into the team with caution.

Current number one Fatau Dauda is struggling for game time at Orlando Pirates while Daniel Agyei is nursing an injury which has prompted calls for the immediate inclusion of Adams into the team.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:
    February 04, 2014 12:03 am
  • spellBOUND says:
    February 03, 2014 04:05 pm
    Listen to this hypocrit. It has to be consistent performance before one can be considered. and I suppose dauda falls in this category huh?..... No one is saying guarantee Adams a spot, just invite him for a few friendlies and let's see what happens. After all, he has potential, does he not? AA is very thickheaded.
  • Pinkus says:
    February 03, 2014 11:04 am
    Including Steven Adams to the Brazil squad is not a rushing decision at all. The guy is already 28 years. Do you want him to be 40 then you start complaining about old age? If this guy was a Nigerian, Keshi will include him in the super eagles and mind you Nigeria currently has better goal keepers than Ghana. Let us not forget Abeiku, the guy with the bandage and probably Kwabena Adusei just for the sake of penalty kicks. Chao!!!
  • zi kalanga says:
    February 03, 2014 12:15 pm
    Dis Appiah guy...what do u fucken need to see again..foool....God will disgrace u .wait n see
  • Papadinho says:
    February 03, 2014 10:44 am
    Kwasia paaa niee eeeii. AA is trying to protect the spot of dauda. But wait and see if dauda will keep for his club this coming months. AA will be put in shame!! Bless
  • johnny says:
    February 04, 2014 02:06 am
    Now I see why most African countries go for foreign coaches. AA is now sounding dumb. The only phrase he seems to know is ' I am not going to rush ' What rush is he talking about? Gush! Obibini!
  • steve says:
    February 04, 2014 12:07 pm
    I am a Nigerian, your goal keeper (Adams) is very good, he made Ghana to reach the finals of CHAN single handedly.He should be included in your world cup team if performance is the criteria.We want all African teams to do well at the world cup despite the rivalry !
  • movich says:
    February 05, 2014 07:40 am
    I am a big fan of AA, but seriously this is probably the dumbest statement ever. I cant help but wonder what Dauda has done to blind the national technical team??