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Parma rising star Afriyie Acquah banks on current form to win him Black Stars return for 2014 World Cup

Published on: 18 March 2014
Afriyie Acquah has been impressive for Parma lately

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah hopes to be rewarded for his consistent performances in the Italian top flight with a return to the Black Stars team for the 2014 World Cup.

The 22-year-old has played 17 out of the 27 games played by Parma in Serie-A this term.

Acquah has been in superb form since his loan return to Italy from his nightmarish time while with TSG Hoffenheim.

The ex Palermo man is knocking strongly on the doors of the Black Stars team with less than three months to the World Cup in Brazil.

Acquah, on current form deserves to join the Ghana team for the World Cup but is contesting in the strongest midfield department.

The 22-year-old however hopes his impressive displays in Italy will ultimately buy him a return to the team for the world’s biggest showpiece in June.

“With the way I am playing now, I have the expectation to return to the Black Stars team,” he told Peace FM.

“I only hope what I am doing here in Italy catches the attention to the technical handlers.”

Acquah has not played for the Black Stars team since scoring in the 1-0 win over Malawi in the ultimate qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.


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  • access says:
    March 18, 2014 11:52 am
    The way he is playing he can't be ignore.... If selections will be base on active players not bench- warmers...
  • boror says:
    March 18, 2014 12:22 pm
    This guy is young but tough. He can deputise Rabiu at the holding midfield role. With Exception of Kwadwo Asamoah I think this guy has been consistent than all the Ghanaian players in Serie-A league. He has only not been playing but has been helping Parma to win matches as well. His lack of playing time at Hoffenheim was a matter of coach change as Keith pointed out. That is why we always advice players to always think of playing time rather than chasing money and big teams when they have not matured enough. Anytime I think of these things about players sacrificing playing time to big teams or money, the player who always comes to mind is Eto. We all know how long he has to stay at Mallorca to mature before moving to big clubs even though he could have moved had he thought of only money and big clubs at the time alone. When he finally decided to move he became instant hit at Barcelona because he had matured very well a writer once wrote ‘ Eto did so well at Mallorca that they signed him for a club record and became the highest scorer in the history of the club with a total of 54 goals between 2000 and 2004’. I just hope some of our Ghanaian players will emulate Eto and not rush for money and big teams to lose their form. He was a Madrid player but did not stay at Madrid and warm the benches like most of our players do. Do you remember, Daniel Addo, Sabastian Barnes, and Awudu Issaka and in recent times Adiyia, Osei and the list can go on and on. AA sometime ago said, a player may be warming the bench at say Real Madrid not because he is bad but because of competition. He is right. However, what he tends to forget is that being at Madrid means he has attained a particular class but when you warm the bench over a long period of time you will lose your form and a player at say FC Basel who is always playing will be better in form. We all know that we win tournament with players in form but not players who have attained a certain class but have lost their form due to lack of playing time. ‘Class is permanent but form is not’!
  • sticky straw says:
    March 18, 2014 12:36 pm
    Agyemang badu is a bench warmer in udinese ,wakasu also a bench warmer in Rubin kazan,Sulley muntari of late bench warmer , rabiu Muhammed injury apart from Kelvin prince boateng currently non of the ghanaian midfielders can be compared to afriyie acquah he is physically strong,fast on the ball and tactically good than all of our midfielders except Kelvin prince boateng. I have been monitoring him for sometime now he deserve to play in the midfield alongside sulley muntari,prince boateng we all saw the midfielder who leave the ball and pegs the Burkinabase player right inside the 18 yards box that result a goal against black stars we need what's fifa call it Anthony annan sence of midfield
  • Dr Who says:
    March 18, 2014 11:05 am
    the future is bright for Gh
  • keith from germany says:
    March 18, 2014 08:39 am
    This chap has been good all season long. I remember his decisive goal against malawi in lilongwe.that was the goal that sealed our qualification to the afcon 2013 last year in southafrica. His move to Tsg 1899 Hoffenheim was bad luck because the then Hoffenheim coach markus babbel bought him and was sacked shortly after afriyie arrived. But the current players at the stars midfield wont make his chances easier. He is definately a talent for the future.