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Six things Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah must experiment with against Montenegro

Published on: 04 March 2014
Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana take on Montenegro in an international friendly with just two months until the World Cup training camp begins. 

There are however a number of questions that need to be answered about the Black Stars team before the head to Brazil for their third successive appearance at the World Cup.

1. Split halves between Adam Kwarasey and Stephen Adams

Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey

Due to the absence of Fatau Dauda, Appiah is going to be forced to experiment in the goalkeeping department between Adam Kwarasey and Stephen Adams.

And even though Dauda is likely to remain no.1 it will be only prudent to see whether indeed we can continue to rely on Adam Kwarasey as either a backup plan or probably the real deal before the World Cup.

It is also important to find out whether indeed Stephen Adams is a Black Stars material.

2. The central defensive pair

Jerry Akaminko in for another pensive runout

The central defensive partnership of John Boye and Jerry Akaminko can be tested again to see if it remains as closely viable as when they were with Heart of Lion in the Ghanaian top flight.

Ghana is lacking a sound central defensive pair and Wednesday’s game against Montenegro will offer a great opportunity to see whether we are making in-roads in that department.

3. Who to play at right back

Has Samuel Inkoom really improved?

Samuel Inkoom should be given a run out to see if his form has indeed improved with regular games at Greek club Platanias.

An inform Inkoom is always an asset to the Black Stars but we first have to be certain of what we are to get if he is going to make the World Cup squad as expected.

David Addy must also start this game on the left now that it’s quite clear Harrison Afful will not be making the trip due to visa issues.

The Vitoria Guimaraes man is the only natural left-footed left back we have in the team. He needs a run out for to help eliminate all the doubts hovering around him.

4. The midfield

Are the dynamic duo; Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien losing steam?

Ghana’s undeniable strength is in the midfield but we really need to sort out the balance of the team.

The central midfield pair of Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari was made to look lethargic in the second leg of the World Cup playoff against Egypt.

It therefore begs the question, can two players who are rotated off and on the bench at AC Milan be relied upon at the World stage, the friendly against Montenegro might perhaps help in answering this question.

There is also the issue of where best to play Kwadwo Asamoah – Ghana current ‘true’ and ‘consistent’ performer. We need to find the chap the best position in order to benefit from his immense talent and Appiah must begin to figure this out against Montenegro on Wednesday.

5. The attack

Jordan Ayew needs precious international game time

We know Asamoah Gyan and Majeed Waris will be the preferred attacking pair. We however do not know what Jordan Ayew brings on board in current times.

It was good for the young chap to get his first goal for Sochaux before joining up with the Black Stars squad and he needs some precious international game time to prove his worth.

It is also quite clear that the midfield is pretty much chocked and we also know that Kevin-Prince Boateng could be a bankable asset for scoring goals.

Appiah must therefore give the Schalke man a more attacking role than defensive – purely because he sucks at it (using Real Madrid’s thrashing as reference) – to hone his goalscoring potential.

6. The coach

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Kwesi Appiah didn’t overly impress during the qualifiers – even though he rightfully gets the credit for qualifying Ghana for the 2014 World Cup.

It has been four months since the last time he was on the touchline with the Black Stars and must therefore show some improvement.

We want to see signs of tactical variations, try new things, thrill us like other enigmatic coaches have done. Simply, start putting the signature of your philosophy or pattern of play on this very talented and fairly experienced side.

And also improve his fashion sense - just taking a cue from his daughter's recent interview.


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • 21guns says:
    March 05, 2014 07:43 am
    I will prefer Adam in the pole as the number 1, but guys let see what he can do today, some people are complaining that he is not confidence and he is prone to mistakes due to big games. But oh my GOD Ghana is bless with great midfielders, Muntari K.Asamoah Kp Boateng C.Atsu DEDE Wakaso What a mouth watering midfielders All the midfielders above can score goals easily, almost all of them want to prove the world that they are good. And the good thing about this midfielders is there are dribbles, ball jugglers, skillful, shooters,and can deffend as well, And if a team have a good midfielders the there will be a lot of pressure on the team, I am 100% sure those midfielders will stop every game at the midfields mark my words, Our only problem is out keeper due to lack of playing time and I will prefer ADAM K to start before dauda. We have slight problem at our defense if it been fix we are done, I will miss vosah soo much. Our strikers are free scores, they can score at any time, am glad waris is doing wonders, at the last year world cup gran was the only striker struggling we are secured
  • King of Kings says:
    March 05, 2014 05:44 am
    Kwarasey should be given the chance to be Ghana's No1 and that is the only way we can build a consistence Team.
  • Maxwell Obuobi says:
    March 05, 2014 04:06 am
    So mr. Writer what is possible line up. Your analysis lack depth
  • Stranger Danger says:
    March 05, 2014 04:29 am
    45 mins is not gonna decide who is best between Adam Kwarasey and Stephen Adams
  • Lord Dennings says:
    March 05, 2014 02:29 am
    Are you trying to say "No Sulley no Black Stars"?
  • tbdarko says:
    March 04, 2014 11:12 pm
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 05, 2014 12:05 am
    Yet to be seen'''
  • Anokwale says:
    March 05, 2014 12:45 am
    So is this the lineup? GK: Kwarsey RB: Opare LB: Addy CB: Mensah CB: Boye DM: Muntari AM: Kasa RW: KPB LW: Dede FW: Warris FW: Gyan
  • King of Kings says:
    March 04, 2014 10:48 pm
    Nobody should underrate Sulley's Talent.He is one of the best players we have in Ghana squad.History has shown what Sulley can do on the field.No player in Ghana's squad is better than Sulley
  • tbdarko says:
    March 04, 2014 11:11 pm
    Sulley may not be the same player which i agree BUT there's no way i will start him from the bench. Sulley is made for games like these so he will have to play a key roll for us. K. Asamoah is in perfect form, I personally will prefer to start him at left back so that G.H can put up a strong starting line-up. (just my opinion)....The good thing about this squad is that we have options so either way,i'm not worried.
  • real sabacious says:
    March 04, 2014 10:05 pm
    Akwasi Appiah has to be bold and bench sulley in any of our subsequent matches, simply because we need balance in the team. It's time Kwadwo Asamoah is play his favourite position.Thus the nr.8, he's fast on the ball, dribbles, can shot and gives the killer passes needed to do the damage. Sulley on my view is sluggish, can't hold the ball well as Kwadwo does and doesn't shield the back four as well. I'll opt for this players in the midfield and forward(6) essien,(7) Dede (8) K Asamoah (9) Gyan (10) Kpb (11) Atsu. The sulley we know as complete left winger isn't the same today, there's no doubt about his quality but he always fade in the course of the games when tracking back and attacking as nr.11. In case Akwasi Appiah decide to change his tactics on the course of the game, sulley can come in and play the nr.8 position.