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As It Happened: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah names World Cup squad

Published on: 12 May 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah arrived at the GFA headquarters

Welcome to the’s live text update of the official announcement of the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Reporter Ameenu Shardow is coming to you live from the headquarters of the Ghana FA in Accra.

Coach Kwesi Appiah is expected to name a provisional squad for June’s tournament in Brazil.

Ameenu Shardow - The atmosphere is serene here at the GFA headquarters at 09:00 but with a bit of excitement in the air. The Ghana FA, I am told will be announcing a new sponsorship deal with ICT company Huawei.

The media presence here is swelling with just over two hours to the press conference.

13: 45: Kwesi Appiah explains John Mensah is unfit to

13:26: The assembled press have been given the opportunity to ask questions.

13:25: Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah completes his presentation. The BIG SURPRISES have to be David Accam and Afriyie Acquah.

13:22 Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Abdul Majeed Waris and Jordan Ayew.

13:21 - Midfielders: Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Rabiu Mohammed, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Albert Adomah, Andre Ayew, Wakaso Mubarak and David Accam.

13:18: Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Jefferey Schlupp, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rashid Sumaila and Jerry Akaminko.

13:14: Adam Kwarasey is the first to be named, Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams are the goalkeepers.

13:13: Ghana coach will be naming a 26-man squad. The number will be whittled down to 23 before the team leaves for Miami.

13:09 - GFA boss appeals to Ghanaians to accept the coach's squad and support the Black Stars while he thanks the sponsors.

13:08 - Ghana will be in their white home strip for their opening game at the World Cup against USA, will be in the red strip against Germany and will wear the white in the final group game against Portugal.

13:07 - Two friendly games against the Netherlands and South Korea have been confirmed by Nyantakyi.

13:06 - The team will travel to Brazil on June 11 where they will move to their camping base in Maceio.

13:05: The Black Stars will travel to Miami to play South Korea in a friendly on June 9 and will then return to Washington for a media event.

13:05 - The team will play the Netherlands on May 31 in Rotterdam and will travel to Washington, USA on June 1.

13:04- A farewell match will be played against a local select side after which the team will depart on May 24 to Holland.

13:02- Non residential camping ends on May 23. The Black Stars will then pay a courtesy call to the President John Mahama.

13:01 Non residential camping for the Black Stars will begin on 20th May in Accra, Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has announced.

13:00 - Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi introducing dignitaries and representatives of Black Stars sponsors.

12:55 - Projector being fixed to start the presentation.

12:54 - Stage being cleared for coach Kwesi Appiah to begin his presentation of the 2014 World Cup squad.

12:49: The new sponsorship agreement for the Black Stars worth $100,000 plus products from Huawei is for one year, Kwesi Nyantakyi has announced.

12:47 - Nyantakyi: 'We are going to outdoor Huawei as the new Information Technology partner of the Black Stars.

12:46 - Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi takes centre stage to announce a new sponsorship deal for the Black Stars.

12:45 - Executive Committee member MNS Doe offers the opening prayer.

12:43 - The room as packed, no space for minimal movement.

12:40- Ghana FA Communications Director Ibrahim Sannie Daara opens the press conference.

12:31 – Supporters Union entertaining the assembled press with intense ‘jama’ songs.

12:20 - Advertising backdrop being fixed at the Ghana FA Conference Room ahead of the announcement. Executive Committee meeting still in session.


Backdrop being fixed

12:01 – Kwesi Appiah will be seated in the middle and will present his squad with the aid of a projector.

Kwesi Appiah will be doing a projector presentation

11:40 – The Executive Committee is currently discussing the coach’s selection before it is announced to the assembled media.

11:31 - Supporters Union in full force at the conference room of the Ghana FA.

Supporters Union

11:22 - Heavy media presence with close to an hour to the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

The press conference room is almost full

11: 18 - Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi has arrives and immediately goes upstairs for the Executive Committee meeting.

The luxurious automobile of Kwame Ofosu Bamfo (Sikkens)

11:15 - "The coach has done well in the selection of players since he took over,"

"So I am not worried about the squad,” ex Ghana captain CK Akunnor told Radio Gold this morning.

"I expect a blend of youth and experience. A lot of people know about 15 players going."

11: 06 - Information being gathered by suggests Isaac Vorsah and John Mensah failed to make the squad. Jeffery Schlupp however is a surprise inclusion. TO BE CONFIRMED by coach Kwesi Appiah at the press conference at 12:30 GMT.

11:02 - Executive and Black Stars committee member Moses Armah entering the chamber for the Executive Committee meeting.

Executive Committee member Moses Armah

10:59 - Car Park at the Ghana FA headquarters almost full with over an hour to the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

Car park filling up

10: 50: Close pal of Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah, Mickey Charles, says the coach will name a 26-man squad.

10:36 - Ghana FA Executive Committee member Randy Abbey arrives but says he was not aware of today’s Executive Committee meeting.

Executive Committee member Randy Abbey

10: 18 - Black Stars management committee member Kwame Ofosu Bamfo (Sikkens) makes an entrance.

Executive Committee member Felix Ansong arrives

10:09 - Executive Committee member Felix Ansong also arrives. He says: “I am expecting an exciting squad but no surprises. I have not yet seen the squad.”

Executive Committee member Fred Pappoe

09:59 - Executive Committee member Fred Pappoe arrives and says: "I am expecting a squad that Kwesi Appiah can work with.”

09:53 - Assistant coach Maxwell Konadu will not here arrive as he has travelled to the United States to inspect the Black Stars camping base. He was in Holland over the weekend.

09:51 - Asked what Ghanaians should be expecting from his announcement, Kwesi Appiah responded: "That you will be named in the squad."

09:47 - Coach Kwesi Appiah arrives in a light blue suit, a white shirt and a blue tie full of smiles.

09:37 - The technical staff make their way upstairs into the coach's chamber.

09:34 - Head coach and assistant Kwesi Appiah and Maxwell Konadu respectively are the ones left to complete the technical staff gathering here.

09:32 – Members of the Black Stars technical team have already arrived for a meeting before meeting executives of the Ghana FA. Team Manager Sabahn Quaye, Kits officer Ishmael, Masseur S.K, team doctor Baba Adamu, Psychologist Prof. Mintah and Physio have all arrived.

90:30 – The room being prepared for today’s grand announcement. A projector is being prepared for the press conference. That will be a novelty to this ritual of squad announcements.



  • wilson says:
    May 12, 2014 10:54 am
  • ike@Ghana says:
    May 12, 2014 11:04 am
    Is that a live update?
  • Fiscko says:
    May 12, 2014 11:06 am
    Naming of the squad is not the issue, the problem is setting our foot on U.S soil of any sort before the world cup is very stupid. There is so many countries in the world, why U.S? Black Stars will fuck up, and Akwesi Appiah, GFA and Asamoah Gyan will have to answer why they went to their enemies territory before the tournament. Ghanaians say something.
  • nesta 1 says:
    May 12, 2014 10:41 am
    so y shld this man liar to us that maxwell konadu has just arrived n he is in USA ?man be serious abt ur job.
  • kodwo says:
    May 12, 2014 10:38 am
    Hahahahahahahahahahahaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaahaha Ogya, relax, its part of the countys business okay, if the hand is ill, the other parts of the body functions,. Go!! black Stars Go!! Waiting for the surprise. Hahahahahahahahahahahaaaahaha
  • solomon says:
    May 12, 2014 10:17 am
    i hope it gona be a great squad, GH all the way!
  • Viper says:
    May 12, 2014 10:36 am
    Why this pageantry,when almost everyone can name 80% of the squad? Just get on with it.
  • OGYA says:
    May 12, 2014 10:22 am
    Who cares, all they do in Ghana is football while the country is getting rotten.
  • Obligation says:
    May 12, 2014 11:10 am
    still waiting oooo..moy3 concert dodo
  • Benny says:
    May 12, 2014 11:49 am
    Somebody needs to show Randy Abbey a abFred Pappoe the nearest gym.Beer bellies.
  • Godwins says:
    May 12, 2014 11:22 am
    These guys n their dressing... e bad kraaa!
  • Viper says:
    May 12, 2014 11:34 am
    What a tool,if you have your own stadium,training facilities,good pitches,accommodation,then you can start calling the shot,if not then keep your mouth shut.
  • Kuukuphilly says:
    May 12, 2014 11:46 am
    Good work ameenu shadow..
  • Benny says:
    May 12, 2014 11:47 am
    Somebody needs to show Randy Abbey and Fred Pappoe the nearest gym.Tubby two.
  • Akosua says:
    May 13, 2014 09:37 am
    Perfect selection done by coach Kwesi Appiah.we've got ur back coach.
  • Prince says:
    May 13, 2014 03:58 am
    the squad is perfect, i think but what kept me wondering is a big brand like the blackstar accepting a $100.000 sponsership deal from a giant company like huawei. this is rediculous. so gfa prez is so happy about this? i am very sad..
  • bawah says:
    May 12, 2014 09:22 pm
    Playing in the USA will allow them to spy on us!or is it underrating?
  • Nana boakye says:
    May 12, 2014 05:54 pm
    Love the squared this is the best gh have.
  • MURTALA says:
    May 12, 2014 10:06 am
  • BRENTO says:
    May 12, 2014 04:27 pm
  • bolash says:
    May 12, 2014 03:21 pm
    Tell them again my brother .......Even how much money will the black stars receive when they win this world cup ...
  • simon says:
    May 12, 2014 03:22 pm
    Good work done dr akwasi appiah
  • Evans Yankson says:
    May 12, 2014 03:24 pm
    Some names missin oo
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    May 12, 2014 03:27 pm
    Great. No surprises so far. Thanks AA for an excellent selection. Now about the three to be dropped, go strictly according to current form. If you need to drop some of the experience players for a dip in form do it. Don't only target Accam, Acquah, Jordan or Adoma. Be bold and do what you need to do. This squad is great anyway
  • Arrow says:
    May 12, 2014 02:00 pm
    Ok, so we no that barring any injuries, the likely players to be left out will be Jordan Ayew, Albert Adomah, Afriyie Acquah and David Accam. Any 3 of these may not make it. Defenders are set. Back-up avaiblable for every position. Nice.....I think this is the best we have. Go Go Black Stars!
  • Divaro says:
    May 12, 2014 02:05 pm
    Wow, very balanced squad. Good work, Akwasi Appiah
  • Papa USA says:
    May 12, 2014 01:38 pm
    Goal Keepers: Adam Kwarasey Fatau Dauda Stephen Adams Defenders: Samuel Inkoom Daniel Opare Harison Afful Jeffery Shlupp John Boye Jonathan Mensah Rashid Sumaila Jerry Akaminko Midfielders: Micheal Essien Sulley Muntari Rabiu Mohammed Kwadwo Asamoah Agyemang Badu Afriyie Acquah Christain Atsu Albert Adomah Andre Ayew Wakaso Mubarak David Accam Kevin Prince Boateng Strikers: Asamoah Gyan Abdul Majid Waris Jordan Ayew
  • Emmanuel Mensah says:
    May 12, 2014 12:44 pm
    What ever be the problem, let support kwesi appiah.
  • access says:
    May 12, 2014 01:26 pm
    Ghana line up against Holland =================================Kwarasey========================= Opare=============Jonathan=========Boye=========================Jeff Aquah==================KP.Boateng==============================Ayew Waris==========================Gyan============================Kojo
  • King says:
    May 12, 2014 12:22 pm
    @Fisco so which country do u prefer n why there too?Is U.S an office?do they have only volleyball court? Or okay lets al hear ur views on dat else pack de roadside for us to pass for Brazil is just there.
  • prime says:
    May 12, 2014 12:29 pm
    Lmao. GSN was caught in the act. Hahahahaha
  • MURTALA says:
    May 12, 2014 12:42 pm
    Nesta i am not lying ,i spoke to Maxwell personally the guy arrived in MARY LAND USA saturday night from Holland went to MIAMI FLORIDA to inspect hotel and training growns and back to maryland yesterday sunday , he is on his way back to Holland today to Ghana, look this not any big deal ,but i dont like the way the Ghanaian media present us with false news , Why will the coach go to such an important meeting without his assistant by his said, BUT keeping reading i hope they will come out with a correction.
  • sam va says:
    May 12, 2014 12:07 pm
    I agree with you on the point of why the need to come to the u.s before going to doesn't make sense at all . There are a lot of countries they could have gone . Anyway let wait and see.
  • Habib Faruk Himel says:
    May 13, 2014 10:56 am
    I must say it's a perfect selection by Kwesi Appiah. Now we will see who are the lucky 23 man in Ghana whom will fight to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Similar News:-