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'We lack intelligent full-backs in Black Stars for World Cup,' says ex-Ghana star Joe Addo

Published on: 19 March 2014
Ghana defender Harrison Afful

By Ameenu Shardow

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Former Ghana defender Joe Addo says the current Black Stars team is without intelligent fullbacks with just a few months to the start of the 2014 World Cup.

Ghana’s defence is deemed the weakest department in the Black Stars setup going into June’s World Cup in Brazil.

Successive coaches have struggled to maintain regular full backs for the Black Stars team as Hans Adu Sarpei and John Paintsil faded away from the national team.

And despite serious efforts made by coach Kwesi Appiah the problem of fullback positions appear not to be going away ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

And former Black Stars coach Joe Addo says it is simply due to the lack of ‘intelligent’ personnel to man those positions.

“The reason why I liked John Paintsil a lot is that he was a very good and intelligent defender. We don’t have that nowadays,” he told Power FM.

“Harrison Afful and Samuel Inkoom are very good on the ball and all that but they lack the intelligence to defend.

“John Paintsil wasn’t the best going forward, he wasn’t the best crosser of the ball but whenever there was defensive work to be done, he was always there.

“Daniel Opare is a very strong boy, very physical – sometimes overhyped – but the intelligence needed to defend is very much lacking.”

With players like Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful and Samuel Inkoom in the Black Stars squad, do you think Ghana lacks intelligent full-backs? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • real sabacious says:
    March 19, 2014 10:50 am
    Well said joe Addo!We've those intelligent full backs in the person of nana Akwasi Asare, Baba Rahman and Jeffrey schlup who can solve the left full back problem but because they no godfather at the GFA nobody cares to monitor or give them a call to at least justify why they have been consistent with their clubs.
  • Pinkus says:
    March 19, 2014 10:48 am
    It is not true that Ghana lacks intelligent defense. The truth is that the intelligent ones never get a call up. Ghana's local Black Star had the best defense in the last CHAN tournament. Try the Abeiku Ainooson's the Azaro's and the Gideon Baah's and you will see what I am saying.
  • keith from germany says:
    March 19, 2014 11:40 am
    Spot on @real sabacious. We have the materials but the coach dont play them at their right positions. Baba rahman and schlupp are all good . AA called Baba rahman on three occaissions but he never can u kno whether he fights in this role or not If u dont try him. i hope AA plays his cards right before the tournament starts because the team has a lot of rough edges.
  • texas says:
    March 19, 2014 11:48 am
    Can Joe Addo tells us that he was a complete defender during he playing days? If Joe Addo says John Paintsil is an intelligent defender, then he Joe Addo is a joke and he played football because that was the options for him as a career. John Paintsil is one of the worst wing backs ever for the Black Stars. Go watch Ghana vs Uruguay 2010 quarter final game and you will see what am talking about. Joe Addo is one those ex players that criticizes but gives no solutions
  • Yaw Kumi says:
    March 19, 2014 11:55 am
    Godfred Saka of aduana stars comes to mind. He Isaac ignored because he has no connection. Pitiful Ghana. Our fate rests with GFA bosses.
  • Taichi says:
    March 19, 2014 12:02 pm
    What joe addo said is realy true.we ned john paintsil.
  • Sara casselotti says:
    March 19, 2014 12:11 pm
    This Joe Addo guy is an idiot. how can he insult the defenders like that? is he trying to say that all our defenders are fools? Why did he not use the word EXPERIENCE instead of intelligent? come back again big fool.
  • Marcus says:
    March 19, 2014 12:23 pm
    What do you guys feel about GH playing a 3-5-2 formation Akimiko,Jonathan,Boye,Rabiu,Muntari,Dede,Kojo,kpb,warris nd Gyan
  • boro says:
    March 19, 2014 12:50 pm
    This has been talked about for a long time but is Akwasi Appiah ready to change that or does he have the clue to solve that problem or he is just being adamant since he keeps on inviting these same guys who over the years have shown they are not up to the task with their inconsistent performances. First of all there are lots of talented players who can equally mine those positions but have constantly been ignored. Furthermore local BS defense was adjudged the best defense in the recent ended CHAN tournament and those defenders are still alive for God sake! What was significant was the way Maxwell Konadu was able to rotate the back four by trying the central pair at the full backs as we all know and they never disappointed us. Now putting all of these together we have these following crop of players Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila, Nana Akwasi Asare, Baba Rahman,Jeffrey schlup, Sulley Nuru, Kwabena Adusei, Abeiku Ainooson who can be tried at the full back positions. Although majority of them are central defenders, I think some of them can pull up a surprise and own those roles permanently. Secondly, what prevents AA from trying some of our numerous midfielders such as Mubarak Wakaso, Albert Adomah at those positions but keeps on trying the same players who also keeps on failing? Don't forget Jeffrey was a striker but currently being used as a fullback for Leicester and I think the list can go on and on. Only few coaches can look at a player and make that kind of huge change and AA must try to be one of them. People have been saying this on all kinds of social network about this same problem but AA has so far not been able to demonstrate to us his preparedness in solving this problem. This is truly frustrating! May be he does not see it as a problem?
  • Jaja says:
    March 19, 2014 12:52 pm
    Sorry sabacious but now it's too late to experiment. AA had 3 years of experimenting and now we need a bold choice to be made and to stick with this formation. We only have 2 matches before we kickoff against USA. We can't afford to try out new things by this time now. I agree those players are all Black Stars worthy and maybe even slightly better but it's too late. It's time to form a team.
  • Thegreatest says:
    March 19, 2014 02:08 pm
    This Addo guy appears to be a fool for him to describe some people as unintelligent. The presence crop of players are more intelligent than you now and when you played. Fool. Aboa. Stupid.
  • The truth says:
    March 19, 2014 02:23 pm
    Looks good. Wish we had vorsah though
  • cy says:
    March 19, 2014 03:00 pm
    Wow can't believe you are saying that. John P has been very good at the black stars defense for a long time and I dont think is fair to use one game to say he is the worst back wing. Watch all the games he played for black stars before you make such comments about him.
  • Adebayo says:
    March 19, 2014 07:03 pm
    Any good coach will always include players like Schlupp in his squad. You just give him his role and he is ready at any position, left right, center. Both feet strike the ball well, he's speedy and especially very strong on the ball. he tracks back well and having been a striker he knows how to deliver useful balls into 18 for strikers! AA should at least give him a trial!
  • Kofi USA says:
    March 19, 2014 08:12 pm
    Well said Boro, AA seams to think that only those who play in Europe are good players. Meanwhile, the CHAN team beat the same Congo team that AA and his European based players could not beat in the 2012 African Cups. This was due to the superb defense mostly by Sulley Nuru and Ainooson. Those two deserve to be on the plane to Brazil. They are not PENALTY prone, and they cannot be dwarfed by the taller European and American players.
  • anokwale says:
    March 19, 2014 11:16 pm
    Marcus: I like your idea but the question is can the outside players on the "5" part formation get back to cut off those crosses that are inevitably going to come. I assume you have Dede and Kasa on the outside.
  • Noino says:
    March 19, 2014 11:29 pm
    GSN are very stupid by using Harrison Affuls picture as the headline. . u guys shld say sumfin abt it. this is no fare. u guys shld be professional alil...
  • otumfuo says:
    March 20, 2014 12:27 am
    I neva tot of this...this could be a beta formation 4 our team...
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  • Yaovi says:
    June 22, 2014 02:16 pm
    The defense is solid. But I miss John Mensah. He is the best defender ghana ever have. Cheers