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I never dropped Kwarasey because he didn't speak local languages - Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Published on: 04 September 2014
Adam Kwarasey

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has dismissed claims he changed Adam Kwarsey for Fatau Dauda at the 2014 World Cup due to complaints the Norway-based goalkeeper is unable to communicate with his teammates.

Rumours are rife that Kwarasey’s inability to speak the local dialect influenced his exclusion from the Black Stars’ squad that impressed against Germany in the second group game at the World Cup.

Some Black Stars players are said to have complained over the Stromsgodset captain’s communication skills to coach Kwesi Appiah during the World Cup.

This according to rumours was the reason Fatau Dauda was chosen ahead of Kwarasey to keep the post for Ghana after the first group defeat to the USA.

But coach Kwesi Appiah has dismissed these claims as false and baseless ahead of Ghana’s opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda.

“Kwarasey has been with this team for the past two years and therefore if he is not able to communicate how come we kept him in the team all this while?” Appiah quizzed?

“In any case football has got nothing to do with languages. Asamoah Gyan plays in the UAE without understanding the language there.

“Normally as a coach what I do is that four hours before the match I present the team that is going to represent the nation.

“The first time I put out the team for the Germany game, Fatau Dauda was the one I choose so talks of me changing Kwarasey, I don’t know where that came from.

“All along we’ve tried to keep quiet over all these issues because as a manager you need to always protect your players.”

Kwarasey was not called up by coach Kwesi Appiah for this month’s games against Uganda and Togo.

The Norway-based goalkeeper made comments that sought to question the competence of Ghana’s goalkeeper’s trainer Nassam Yakubu after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghanaman says:
    September 04, 2014 08:27 pm
    AA you're one of the best coaches around and we know u gona deliver n win the AFCON cup for us so that all your haters disappear from this site like they did when your tactics trashed Egypt 6-1.
  • selfmade says:
    September 04, 2014 01:06 am
    Even if u dropped him because of that, I think this issue is dead and buried! Kwarasey should employ a bilingual tutor to help him! Again, his performances for the national team leaves much to be desired and he needs to up his game because he has been pathetic for bs! In our first match against the united states, though john boye cldnt prevent the goal, kwarasey could also be faulted for the goal as well! I can't simply understand why he ll USED HIS LEGS TO STOP THE BALL WHEN HIS HANDS ARE THERE??!!! In the beautiful game if football, the keeper is the only on field player that's allowed to use his hands to touched the ball but kwarasey made a fundamental goalkeeping error when he used his LEGS instead of his hands to stop Dempsey's shot! Even the commentators were marveled and amazed why he didn't used his hands rather than his legs because he was in a better position to stop the ball with his hands than legs!! There has been countless occassions where he has been naive and uninspiring in the posts for us and that's the absolute truth! He has a lot of admirers and he needs to improve quick vecasue Stephen Adams can displace them all very soon!
  • lion-fire says:
    September 04, 2014 01:16 am
    Kwarasey needs to improve on his confidence . But what does AA mean by we kept him in the team for 2 years. This guy just doesn't get it. Black Stars is not your of anyone's personal property. We, in his statement here refers to who, against who. AA is one of the causes of disunity. The authoritarian way if dealing with adults is absolute nonsense
  • Murtala says:
    September 04, 2014 01:03 am
    I love this coach, but there was really no reason to change Adam for Fatau in the second match against Germany, apart from the two goals against the USA, which he actually could not have done anything about the guy was on holiday through out the match.
  • nana says:
    September 04, 2014 12:55 am
    Gyimii y da **** did u drop him ... I jus don't get did mumu coach
  • Canadian says:
    September 04, 2014 01:40 am
    Kwarasey may not be the best of keepers but any coach who is worth his salt will never choose Fatau over Kwarasey.What sort of keeper jubilate when he saves a ball only to gift the same player to score a goal. AA is a joke and the only reason he fields Dauda over Kwarasey is the money he takes from him period. AA is an insult to the coaching career.I mean to categorise AA and the likes of Mourhino,Arsene Wenger ,guardiola in the same profession is a big insult.AA is not qualified to be called a PE teacher.
  • Adidi Atem hene the 1st. says:
    September 04, 2014 01:53 am
    Utter nonsensical utterance from a joker.Why was Kwarasey dropped? Osono aporo atete Koraa no,ne twe half na ete se odwan tene Mua.Kwarasey is far better than Dauda. It's only AA who will keep ugly and of on Dauda in post. AA is his own enemy.He gives response to questions and you wonder whether he lacks sense or he is just not a good talker .Boys Abre AA.l hope for Ghana to lose so that AA gets the sack.
  • The legend says:
    September 04, 2014 03:17 am
    Like seriously, Kwarasey should employ a bilingual tutor to help him just to keep the posts of black stars? @ Selfmade . Kwarasey don't need a bilingual teacher. Appiah is the coach . So, he decides who he thinks can fit into his starting eleven at any point in time . I don't begrudge him when it comes to selection of his players. It's only the GFA that will tolerate a coach like Appiah because they are in bed with each other.
  • Adebayo says:
    September 04, 2014 03:49 am
    Mr. coach, the issue is not what Kwarasey said or didn't say. The trouble is that you did not make up your mind about your keeper. No good coach change goalkeepers in a tournament unless there is an injury. Keepers build confidence as the work with defenders through the tournament. The issue of confidence is works both ways. If you put faith in your child, you inspire confidence in him, but if he thinks his dad is just looking for his mistakes, he will never be confident even if he is talented. If a professional like Kwarasey demonstrates a lack of confidence only in a Ghana shirt, it's because his handlers have failed to inspire confidence in him!
  • Paddy says:
    September 04, 2014 04:09 am
    Ghanaian football fans are using all kinds of words to insult the coach,for our inability to progress from our group at the WC.but the question is for those people to compare whatever they do here with thier the advance countries,where they always make these comparisons to.The truth is that we're all failures in our various fields of endeavours.From the Presidency to the last man on the street.Cholera is killing hundreds of people right in the capital city without people insulting those responsible as they do to the coach.Is a Shame really
  • Tanko says:
    September 04, 2014 07:08 am
    A A YOURE A BIG LIAR. It's a common knowledge in camp that communicating in local language was his problem. I may agree on strategic point of view that, it could be a factor. But to deny it in public is absurd!
  • wee ba says:
    September 04, 2014 07:48 am
    This coach is just ignorant and a big are just wasting our money villager
  • LeShaq says:
    September 04, 2014 08:32 am
    Bravo! Adebayo, u said it all.
  • chrisgya says:
    September 04, 2014 09:01 am
    I totally disagree with u. So u think Fatau is better dan him? Look at wat he did against Portugal? who does dis in football? Pls, let us be honest with our opinions even though i respect ur view.
  • Finalsolution(sydney aus) says:
    September 05, 2014 06:15 am
    Ds my first tym poking my nose into de afairs of des site.and i realy apreciate sam coment by @adebayo,canadian n sam guys are realy makin scence.i may nt be in ghana but wish to share idea about what happen in our black star team.but wen ever i decide to say any,de next tin i realise x .what i plan to say or wiss to say hv been already said by sam 1.nd i realy apreciate des.keep it guys.ghana x for all of ur mind.
  • anokwale says:
    September 12, 2014 07:16 pm
    To be honest it was not language. It was more of a personality thing. Kwarsey is the best goalie but he has a shy personality and could not fit in. This made him an easy target.