No kid gloves for Kevin Boateng

Published on: 21 May 2010

The Ghana Football Association says new convert Kevin-Prince Boateng is not guaranteed an automatic place in Milovan Rajevac's 23-man squad for next month's World Cup finals in South Africa.

The German-born was cleared to play for the West African country at the mundial last week by Fifa but has been told to work for a place.

The Portsmouth midfielder is part of a 22-man squad expected to leave for Accra for the pre-tournament training camp which begins on 24 May.

The Ghana FA believes his inclusion in the Ghana team provides options to the head coach ahead of the 1 June deadline.

"We all know the challenges the team often goes through. It's therefore necessary to have quality players ready to play at all times and that is why we are excited about Boateng's decision to play for Ghana. We are sure he will not regret it," Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi told Graphic Sports.

Boateng is likely to make his Ghana debut on 1 June in a friendly against Holland in Rotterdam.

Comments

  • Kenneth County
    says: 9 years ago
    I don't think any player should be guaranteed a place. I think every player has to fight for his place in the final squad. This means there should be no intereference from any quarters, especially from the GFA. I think the criteria for chosing the squad should be based mainly on fitness and current form at training. The most unpardonable mistake we can make is to choose players based on names or past performances; nor should we entertain selection based on family relationships friendships in high places and other sentimental nonsense. That will be a recipe for disaster.
  • TJ
    says: 9 years ago
    Oh my GOD! Kenneth County, I thank you so very much for the piece written above. You've just called spade a spade. No! interference from any quarter is the key to Ghana's succes in this tournament. The coach should be left alone. Thanks again.
  • access
    says: 9 years ago
    SOME OF THE PLAYERS HAVE JUSTIFY THEIR INCLUSION ALREADY.AND SOME OF THEM ARE GONNA HAVE TO WORK HARD TO JUSTIFY THEIR INCLUSION.TIME WILL TELL.
  • koff
    says: 9 years ago
    we here in south africa waiting for the players. GFA should not make any mistake. let the best player be selected. Ghana all the way
  • BIG E
    says: 9 years ago
    Kenneth County... str_repeat('*',strlen('Fuck')) what you think!
  • Kenneth County
    says: 9 years ago
    Big E, if you want to express your hatred to me, don't create a smokescreen to do so nor put on a mask to hide the true you. I think you are very small minded so you feel happy attacking people who you think are bigger than you. You cannot make sensible arguement so you resort to animal instincts in order to vent your frustrations on people. But I don't think your stupid and unwarranted attacks will help you come out of your LOW WRETCHED LIFE. I think you need help in your life and I will advice you to go and seek psychiatric help because you are behaving like a mad dog, barking and attacking people without any provocation. I think you are nothing but a GREEN-EYE MONSTER, raging with jealousy.
  • baya
    says: 9 years ago
    you people are fulls ,why are you fighting ? we need to pray for the players for a good world cup success
  • pasoo
    says: 9 years ago
    if you really want to consider a better player for the world cup tournament, you shold consider player like k boaten, k asamoah n the youngest in the final 23 not the older ones. we all need better score
  • Fu-Chu
    says: 9 years ago
    BIG E, you are wrong to address in such a manner. Disagree with the man but I think cussing words are not necessary.
  • okosto robby
    says: 9 years ago
    Easy easy guys. I do not blame the so called Big E for expressing such despicable comments here that threatens to denigrate this site to the gutter level before the reconstruction. The blame goes to the site managers who obviously treat this site as a part-time assignment,allowing such comments to filter through. I have been on the quite for so long only making comments once in while so i do not descend with the mob into the abyss. Watch out Kenneth County, Keith and the brilliant crew:do not allow them to take you down with them. Maintain your level headedness or notch it up even more. The difference is clear to everybody out to make brilliant comments and observation and not those looking for attention they cannot find at home ! GSN complete the good work you started.
  • Kenneth County
    says: 9 years ago
    Hei thanx to you Bros. Fu Chu and Okosto Robby for your comments. How I wish this site was reserved for well-informed, sensible and highly educated folks like you so that we can learn from each other through sensible debates.Don't worry about this guy as you said he is just looking for attention.I think he is burning, worried and angry about what Bro.TJ said above. I think he would rather the comments were directed at him and not me.That's why I think he is behaving like a mad dog.Unfortunately, there are quite a few of such scums operating here. In fact I feel sorry for him because it is clear he is crying out for help so God help him. But I can assure you brothers, I am not unfazed by the profanities and dirty tactics of the LOW-LIVES who operate over here and I will continue having sensible and well informed debate with people like you. In any forum, you will always have your detractors and those willing to attack you out of personal animosity and sheer hatred for what one stands for. But I am glad that we have good-thinking people like you to ensure this forum is not hijacked by BIG TIME LOSERS.
  • oboy
    says: 9 years ago
    i dont trust this gfa bcos i know boateng would be given kid gloves.
  • Ghost of Sparta
    says: 9 years ago
    Kenny, a wise man said, don't argue with fools. Cause people from afar won't know who is who. Anyway, i think Boateng has already proved himself by being consistent this whole season(when he was not injured) All he has do due now is glue into the team and we have the perfect mix. On other note, thank God the rock is well. Greetings, Al
  • CROZZY
    says: 9 years ago
    KEVIN DOESN'T NEED TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF,HE HAS ALREADY DONE THAT OVER THE SEASON,HE IS ALREADY IN SOUTH AFRICA.
  • abdul-aziz
    says: 9 years ago
    GFA is wright but the right players must be chosen to represent Ghana.
  • Eric
    says: 9 years ago
    GFA should shut up in the selection process and let the coach and his technical team do their job...
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 9 years ago
    This GFA officials kwraaa,are they part of the technical team to decide which player to be guaranteed a place in the B/S?Hmmmmm i have never seen this b4,only in GH.
  • JUICE
    says: 9 years ago
    I FINK KENETH IS RITE BUT 4BIG E U LUUK LIK SOMEBODY WHOSE EDUCATIONAL LEVEL IS VERY VERY VERY LOW TO INSULT PPL IN PUBLIC PLACE.HE IS JUS XPRESSIN HIS OPINION ON DE MATTER IF U THINK OTHERWISE JUS SPEAK UR MIND. DE FRINDLY MATCHES WILL ENABLE DE COACH TO KNOW THE BEST FROM DE BEST.
  • Dosty
    says: 9 years ago
    Let be frank, there is no way the GFA President can tell be a player like KPB will be have a kids gloves this is Ghana and there is expections about every rule. Come again mister president.
  • Joe Mayanga LDN
    says: 9 years ago
    easier said than done. hope the coach and the FA has the balls to do just that. i dont personally think the can bcs of the inactive players called into the provisional squad
  • Kwabra
    says: 9 years ago
    I know it is coming. GFA Boss has talked to the Germans and planned to drop KPB. Ghanaians and their bribes. This GFA officials are not part of the technical team to decide which player to be guaranteed a place in the B/S. Why did Mr. "Nyansa aka akyiri" making that noise. Because of money thsy will drop Boateng who play right wing and select Dede Ayew who play left wing in his place. I am not against Dede Ayew. This boy is very good but he plays the same position with Appiah, K Asamoah and Muntari. We need defence midfielders more but this boy do not play defence. If they drop K Boateng it will be very hard for somebody to switch in future knowing what happen to the players who switch.First was Owusu-Abeyie and now is K. Boateng. Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi put Ghana first and stop the bribes, send the money back to the germans and Ballack
  • Ernest.Essel
    says: 9 years ago
    I Think Kelvin will make it to the World Cup because he is a fantastic player
  • Fatawu
    says: 9 years ago
    Am surprise that GFA made such a comment abt Prince Boateng and the apology that GFA offer to Black this nt professional and must nt be encourage when Mecheal E ssein was inured by Drobga in can 2010 he never apologised to ghana bcs is nt professional injuries are invitable in a game of football.Hence the GFA must nt single out Boateng and say there is no outomatic place for him if u wnt to make a comment of such u should generalised it bt saying like this they boy will feel bad any way the boy has already has already justify his inclusion if he pay for position or nt and dnt make any attempt to sell any match bcs if u can make certain apology there is a posibility that u can fix a match we r beating the German if Ballack play or nt good luck black stars
  • zagridibogridi
    says: 9 years ago
    THOSE WHO SAID THE GFA SHOULD NOT INTEFERE IN THE SELECTION PROCESS ARE ALL MAD,BECAUSE MISTAKES ARE BOUND TO BE MAKE BY ANY HOMO-SAPIEN ON THE PLANET.THE COACH MAY MAKE A WRONG CHOICE,THAT IS WHY PEOPLE SOMETIMES SAY "TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE"