Posted On Wednesday, 14th August 2013
Ghana meet Turkey in Wednesday’s friendly with head coach Kwesi Appiah looking to give a chance to players rarely used though with an eye on next month’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifier.
The Black Stars coach has confirmed that some regulars including captain Asamoah Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah will not be starters in the game against the Turks in Istanbul.
“At the moment, we don’t have much of a serious injury situation except that Kwadwo Asamoah had an ankle problem during his last game for Juventus. He’s been training with it and for that reason he may not start.
“With Asamoah [Gyan], because of the Ramadan, Islamic fasting period, his team – Al-Ain -had some break so he just started training. So, he may also not start. They will all come on in the second half. I believe all the boys are fully prepared and we don’t have any fitness problems,” said Appiah.
With a crucial World Cup qualifier to come against Zambia, Appiah is demanding focus as he fine-tunes his side for the game on September 6 in Kumasi.
“We’ve done two training sessions and you can see the seriousness in the boys. I have made them aware of the importance of this game since it’s the last game before our important game against Zambia.
“I have drawn their attention to the fact that Turkey is also a very good side and they should treat it as such. They are all looking forward to it and I believe they will give their maximum best.
“What I hope to achieve is that tactically, all the players perform all their roles that have been given to them. Turkey is a very good side and they need to see at the highest level, how they perform as well and their confidence level,” the Ghana coach said.