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No one interfered in my AFCON player selections - Ghana coach Appiah

Published on: 14 December 2012

Coach Akwasi Appiah is claiming full exclusivity and responsibility for his provisional Black Stars squad - insisting no player was imposed on him by any Ghana FA official.

The ex Ghana international on Thursday announced a 26-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged in South Africa.

The team will travel to Abu Dhabi early January to step up preparations where three players will be dropped from the provisional squad in order to arrive at the required 23 players for the competition.

There are however widespread speculations that coach Appiah is being dictated to in his player selections by top ranked Ghana FA officials following the exclusion of some expected players.

Jordan Ayew, David Addy and Abdul Majeed Waris were the notables left out of the side – further fuelling this perception.

But the 52-year-old has strongly rejected this school of thought – saying his latest squad was compiled exclusively by himself with the help of his back room staff.

“I have been in football for a long time so I don’t know why the President should ask me to put a player in the squad,” he said.

“At the end of the day I am the one to take ultimate responsibility so I can say it was me and my technical staff that compiled this squad.”

The team will start non residential camping early January in Accra before traveling to Abu Dhabi to step up preparations.

Three players will then be axed from the side to make the final squad for the tournament that kicks off on January 19.

Ghana opens its Nations Cup account a day after with Group B’s opening game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against DR Congo.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Great says:
    December 14, 2012 06:58 pm
    Jordan ayew is an improved player now n undoubtedly one of ghana's best players. AA has no reason to exclude him .He actually deserves a place in de squad
  • JNR says:
    December 16, 2012 10:13 am
    Akwasi Appiah, weren't you the same coach who said you will ONLY call up players who are active in their respective clubs??? If so then why call up Anthony Annan, Derrick Boateng etc??? They have hardly played any match all season. Strange Annan can't get in a struggling Osasuna team and yet makes the cut for the Black stars? And let's not start with Derrick Boateng... SMH Appiah, i supported you when you were given the job but you have failed to be your own person and it's obvious you do what you're instructed to do, very disappointed in you. I still wish the team good luck at the tournament.
  • rafeeq ahmed says:
    December 16, 2012 12:04 am
    Ghanaians should live the coach in peace,so that he can been a long timefor us to win the cup
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    December 15, 2012 04:19 am
    I hope the coach knows how to motivate Andre Ayew to give his best to Black Stars now that he has dropped his partner and brother, Jordan Ayew FOR NO REASON!!!
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    December 15, 2012 04:36 am
    By the way, did anyone pick up this thread on JOY TV? During the Question and Answer segment, the coach was seen clearly seeking the direction of Maxwell Konadu about something saying "Do you think I need to tell them about..." I am scared the coach is really not in charge.
  • murtala says:
    December 15, 2012 01:07 am
    the only reason why kwesi appiah left out jordan is that, he did not want the two ayews in his camp
  • Nana Kwasi says:
    December 14, 2012 10:36 pm
    Are Ghanaians going to be mad at Warris should he reject a call from them later on in his career?
  • ras kofi says:
    December 17, 2012 12:44 pm
    you people know how to hype cattle egrets into eagles,ignorance is bliss Quincy does not exist?Go ask Abedi Pele that why does he put in a word for Kevin and none for Quincy,is he afraid Quincy will wipe out his history with more of what he did to Ivorytowers and Latvia.If you know what Quincy can do you'll have no respect for a GH SQUAD WITHOUT HIM for it is fraudulent,a misrepresentation of the true state of Gh soccer.Rabiu,Solomon Asante,Adomah,Kojo Asamoah,Andre Ayew are so good that GH HAS NO NEED FOR THE MAGNIFICENT SPEED AND SKILLS AN ABEYIE would bring on board,surely we'd have no excuses as February shall soon prove[we'll come with excuses as usual].What a 'puffed up posture so future prone i innocence,poor GH who even lie to God that his talent that was gifted us in the person of Quincy is treated with ignominy, and fire shall not burn?
  • ras kofi says:
    December 17, 2012 12:20 pm
    Jordan was trusted in Zambia part 2 and he was so snail paced[Sunzu make am small] and all you ignoramuses are crying for him.Akwasi Appiah knows Jordan can't test Zambia what more Ivory Coast,so stop pretending we can't do without him.The coach has made a very brave selection for team building but I'm afraid he made one grave mistake which all of you are at sea about and is the main reason we aint won nothing in years.for the so called experts aren't impressive and so give watered down advice which lead us straight to perdition.You think you have a 'soccer eye' and no one can even talk for the 'truly sinful ommision'the ommision which no doubt delights the Ivorians,how is it that Akwasi Appiah examined over 40 boys and yet left Quincy Owusu Abeyie out of the equations?We let a man switch nationalities and treat him like he's the scum of the Earth.Goran went to Athens to watch him and dropped him from the squad and that was his downfall all ye blockheads who take so long to see the gold in the Jan I criticised Kwadwo Asamoah,Inkoom and Jordan,the latter 2 are out which shows Akwasi knows his stuff but Quincy is the last catalyst[who can overcome Zambia and the IvoryTowers].This is the only mistake Akwasi has made and Quincy's omission will make us fall short of 'the glory of the cup' and Akwasi would have sent Gh soccer backward.Very costly shall this be unto Gh,Quincy would have sealed the deal and I can foresee the ignoramuses saying to Akwasi when he fails to annex gold that it was cos of Jordans exclusion[didn't lie yourselves].No Quincy ,no trophy in my estimation,freedom and JUSTICE[too ridiculous that we have to plead for Quincy and things 'get haunted'it will surely haunt you for Atsu got no pace,so still no [playmaker]Jah see and know,though hand join in hand,the wicked shall by no means go unpunished.The longer we leave Quincy out the more we vex the Heavens and when Heaven vexes we shall watch Zambia go to Rio live in living colour,keep joking the dividends are clear.Repent,repent ooh [please don't invest your poor hearts in Black Stars] ,thank you.