No-one guaranteed a place in my final team- Ghana coach Appiah

 

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has warned his players that no-one is guaranteed a place in his final squad for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars trainer has left out several key players for the international friendly against Cape Verde in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah as well as Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan have been omitted from the squad that will take on the Blue Sharks.

Captain Asamoah Gyan has been excused for the game after he lost his mother last week.

The former Ghana captain is in the final phase of naming his final squad for the continental showpiece and has therefore invited those on the fringes including shot-stopper Daniel Nii Adjei, Fatau Dauda, Nana Kwesi Asare, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Richard Kissi Boateng, Derek Boateng, Samuel Inkoom and Albert Adomah to impress.

There are also debut call-ups for Inter Milan whizkid Joseph Alfred Duncan as well as in-form Maritiburg United defender Awal Mohammed and South African-based Edwin Gyimah.

It is widely believed those left out are sure candidates to make the final cut for the Nations Cup in South Africa but coach Appiah insists no-one has an automatic place in his final 23-man squad.

‘It is not whether someone is going to the Cup of Nations or not. There are some players that I need to take final decisions on,” Appiah said

“As to those not called are guaraanted places in the team is not correct. Everyone has got a chance to go.

“The important thing is to look at those who are really commited to fight for Ghana. I will be looking at disciplinary aspect as well.

“I believe anyone chosen to play in either friendly or competitive  match must prove their worth so that I can make the right decision.”

The Black Stars are housed in group B where they will take on old foes DR Congo, Mali and Niger in Port Elizabeth.

Ghana will be looking to end a 31-year-wait for an African crown in South Africa.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. access says:

    Kwesi Appiah make sure you include Quincy,Muntari,Gyan,Kwesi Asare,and Ayew brothers in Ghana final squad.Please dont include Lee Addy ,John Pinstil and home base players.All Ghana best players are base in abroad.

    • ghanaman says:

      Nonsense… There are some good local players like Solomon Asante who is going abroad and Richard Kissi Boateng…

      • nana says:

        @access I agreed with you until you said the local players.
        @Ghanaman you are totally right @access have a look at Berkum Chelsea, solomon asante is a star in the making he is like Aaron lennon, and richard kissi boateng is the best left back/wing back Ghana have yet we don’t use him, I watched him against TP Mazembe, mate that guy is the Ghana gatherth bale, he is also tall, strong and athletic. AA give the boy a chance and stop playing with the left back position, for me its kiss and david addy who should fight for our left back slot.

  2. real sabacious says:

    confusion galore!maxwell konadu is telling the whole world that the 23 players for the afcon is already decided,u are here saying another thing.shame on u!some of us are really dissapointed in u.

  3. junior mafia says:

    Som players r definately guaranteed eg atsu,k asamoah,dede its jus dair to give others da chance to showcase demselves. AA already knows da team he is takn to SA jus put dem out already. I hope he Dnt overlook quincy,we need to hv a deadly attack n players not scared to take on defenders. No mediocre stuff AA.

  4. junior mafia says:

    Som players r definately guaranteed eg atsu,k asamoah,dede its jus fair to give others da chance to showcase demselves. AA already knows da team he is takn to SA jus put dem out already. I hope he Dnt overlook quincy,we need to hv a deadly attack n players not scared to take on defenders. No mediocre stuff AA.

  5. ghanaman says:

    Can you two idiots above SHUT UP!!! You have an agenda are are MORONS!

  6. Osae Bright says:

    please akwasi dont add pintsil and inkoom to your squad to South Africa other wise no Afcon cup for Ghana.

  7. T r o y says:

    Include MUNTARI? You guys, even fully muntari is not better than Abeyie how much more being unfit? Masa excuse us koraaa I personally wish muntari don’t make it because he lacks match fitness.

  8. Masa says:

    T r o y, muntari and abeyie dont play same position

  9. Masa says:

    T r o y, muntari and abeyie dont play same position, get your facts rite

    • Wasky says:

      My fellow sports fans,I have said this several times,Quincy is out of AA plans.He refused to give his winning bonuses (otherwise known as the SOS to the big guns behind the selection of players to the BS)to some big men at GFA hence his exclusion from the BS.Until the whole staff at the GFA right now is dissolved for a new one,never will Quincy make it on the list.If the GFA can deny me that they do not take SOS then they should proove me wrong by calling him(Quincy).

      • Wasky says:

        Hmmmmm,my fellow sports fans and fans of Quincy Owusu Abeyie,I would like to finalise this issue of AA not calling Abeyie and the answer is simple.”HE DID NOT GIVE HIS BONUS TO SOME BIG NAMES BEHIND THE SELECTION OF PLAYERS INTO THE BLACK STARS” that is all.Because they said they select active and performing players “only” and I repeat only into the national team.Can they tell me why Abeyie who has been playing week in week out and not just playing but playing a fantastic football is not called but rather Derrick Boateng and Inkoom whom I can’t even remember the last time they featured for their clubs are called into the squard???If they can refute what I am saying then they should proove me wrong by calling him(Quincy Owusu Abeyie) into the Blackstars.

  10. jamez says:

    with all these average players, how can we win the cup.

  11. selfmade says:

    @ ghanaman… u son of a bitch!!! Kwasia panyin like that!!!! Ofui!!! U not better than anyone here and stop your nkurases3m here motherfucker!! Your fucking dick sucking mama is a moron motherfucker!!! U fucking first son of a clown and a pervert always showing your stupidity in this forum motherfucker!!! U fucking ugly son of a bitch and pervert father can’t tolerate other peoples opinion and that tells everyone who you are mouthfucker!!! Kwasia otooolege aboa bi na motherfucker!!! Haaaaahaaaa !!! Wo turumu kenken wote3 haaaaahaaa!! Kwasiaaaaaaaaaaa kwashiokor apokyee!!! Viva the revolutioncioooooooooo!!(