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World Cup 2014: Veteran coach Afranie wants injury-prone Ghana defender John Mensah axed from squad

Published on: 13 April 2014
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By Rahman Osman

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Experienced trainer EK Afranie has advised Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah not to include injury-prone John Mensah in his World Cup squad if there are doubts about his fitness.

The 31-year-old has been battling a recurring back problem since joining Slovakian topflight side FC Nitra.

Mensah has returned to top-tier and there are increased calls for his inclusion in Ghana’s squad to Brazil because of his leadership qualities at the back.

But Afranie argues that the former Sunderland centre-back has not got the requisite fitness to be named in Ghana’s squad.

“John is an absolute world class defender for me but we must also admit that his injury concerns have slowed him down which makes it delicate to include him,” Afranie told

“A fit John Mensah for me is a good call but if we are not sure of his fitness level then I beg to differ.

“He has been there and seen it all.  If for a second we have a doubt about his state let’s not risk it might backfire and leave us short of options.”

Mensah would be looking to make is third world cup appearance after leading Ghana to an impressive quarter finals finish four years ago in South Africa.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kokroko Tk says:
    April 14, 2014 01:02 pm
    Fatau should be dropped as well nothing personal but the truth. I have the right to my opinion. He is kissing up too much. Kingston is More active
  • Mustapha Slomo says:
    April 14, 2014 11:23 am
    Per your argument Kwabena, he somehow managed to bribe his current club to sign him up! Granted he has fitness issues, but that doesn't warrant your careless attack on his quality or those who choose to pay for his services. Remember he who calls the tune pays the piper. Good thing you and those who think like you don't get to make choices for all.
  • Kwabena says:
    April 13, 2014 03:19 pm
    Say that again! Whilst our opponents are beefing up with young blood we continue to rely on these old horses or ‘junks’ because they have managed to bribe us one way the other at the expense of the entire nation. What kind of wickedness is this one?
  • Cofie says:
    April 13, 2014 04:23 pm
    True talk KB. We need fresh blood who can keep up with the pace of players like C. Ronald
  • silver_cuin says:
    April 13, 2014 07:19 pm
    haha! a half fit john and rashid sumaila