I will only select players capable of playing at the World Cup - Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah declares
By Ameenu Shardow
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Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insists he will not be experimenting with his selection for the 2014 World Cup and that all players who eventually make his final squad will be capable of playing.
The Black Stars trainer is in the process of finalizing his 23 man squad which he says will be announced on “May 8th or 9th.”
Appiah however admits the enormous challenges he faces in selecting a limited number for the tournament to be staged in Brazil from a wide pool of Ghanaian players scattered across the globe.
The ex Ghana captain however says the overriding factor for his final selection for June’s tournament will be to bring in players who will be capable of playing in Brazil as and when the need arises.
This means Appiah has overruled the usual norm of taking fringe players to major tournaments not necessarily to play games but to get the feel of the competition.
“It is very difficult to select players especially in a country with over 24 million coaches,” he told the latest edition of GFA TV to be aired on Saturday on GTV.
“And there are so many good players but then we have to select a limited number of 23.
“We are not going out there [World Cup] to experiment and therefore when you are selected then you should be able to play any of the games as and when the need arises.”
Appiah is the first Ghanaian to lead the Black Stars to a World Cup finals and one of only two indigenous coaches leading African teams to the tournament.
Ghana is drawn in Group G where they will be facing Germany, USA and Portugal.