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2014 World Cup: Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi reveals some Black Stars players hide injuries just to make squad

Published on: 12 April 2014
Injured Andre Ayew being attended to by a medical expert

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has made a shocking revelation that some players hide injuries just to make the Black Stars squad for major tournaments insisting they have measures in place to uncover hidden injuries.

The GFA boss was reacting to questions over the fitness of Ghanaian players ahead of the naming of the provisional Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Some key players of the side are out nursing various degrees of injuries.

Players like John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah and Rabiu Mohammed are racing against time to prove their fitness in order to make the Ghana squad for the World Cup.

The GFA boss says though the coach will be relying mainly on expert views by doctors to select fit player for the World Cup, the job is made much difficult when players withhold vital information about the state of their health just to make the squad.

“The coach will rely on expert views of our doctors and their counterparts at the players’ respective clubs before naming the squad,” Nyantakyi told Montie FM.

“But the players are sometimes to be blamed for hiding injuries in order to make the squad only to be found out at the tournament.

“Not all injuries can be revealed through medical examination and when that happens you expect the players to come forth with information.

“But they don’t and in the process block the chance of other players and in the long run hurt the team at the tournament.”

Nyantakyi however warned that players found to be hiding injuries in order to make the Black Stars squad for major tournaments could suffer from future call ups.

“When player are found to have lied about the state of their fitness, it would affect their future call ups,” he adds.

“You will not be called again because then we will know you are dishonest.”

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is expected to name a provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup by May 13.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • mukmin says:
    April 12, 2014 03:17 pm
    When Essien revealed his injuries and couldn't play at afcon people accused him of being unpatriotic how ironic.
  • boadi, sa says:
    April 12, 2014 01:01 pm
    I think nyantkyi is hitting the nail right on head.ghana can boast of 100 equally capable players for the senior national team so no player in the team now is "king david". Ghanaians shall never forgive any player who misconducts himself in that manner.long live ghana! Long live black stars.
  • askantwi says:
    April 12, 2014 01:17 pm
    Well said.
  • Kwabena says:
    April 12, 2014 10:34 am
    No player dare do such thing because i am not sure he will ever be able to deal with the consequence from Ghanaians. The fellow should contact Mame Kande(mother of muntari) as Ahaji Grusah called her then players who have such wicked and selfish ideas will learn to appreciate this warning. Ghanaians eye red paa for this WC so no **** ups!hmmmmm.
  • real sabacious says:
    April 21, 2014 12:22 pm
    How can a player playing week in week out be hiding any injury?some minor injury can control by players but the point of the matter is;u guys have ur favourites players and irrespective of their bench warming or inactive for their clubs will still find their way in the stars.Typical is Annan,The guy is fit and getting some few minutes of playing time which is encouraging comparing to the players he is competing with but yet Akwasi Appiah and his team are soo much obssesed in Rabiu.As for vorsah and mensah its just annoyed me anytime hear their names been mentioned, baba rahman can solve the void better than Awal and sumaila in the centre defense.I hope Schlupp make the team as well