Kwesi Appiah: My provisional list was based on excellence

Ghana’s coach Kwesi Appiah believes he selected players base on their performance and not the club they play for

Appiah named his provisional squad by making some surprise inclusions in his preliminary 26-man World Cup team with only one local player making the squad in the person of Aduana stars goalkeeper Stephen Adams.

The ex-captain of the Black Stars until his appointment led team Ghana to win Gold at the 2011 All African Games in Maputo and reiterated he chalked that feat based on the competency of his charges then.

 “I select players based on their competency to help the nation achieve its target and not where the player is playing. Even if the player is a local player and he is capable to help the said target to be achieved, why not l will pick him to represent the nation.

“When you are chosen as the head coach, you are there for all Ghanaians and irrespective of wherever a player is playing so am looking at who will go to Brazil and stand in and defend the nation.” He added

 And on Stephen Adams, Appiah also said he deserved the call up because  he has proven himself. Meanwhile coach Kwesi Appiah goes down in history as the first Ghanaian coach to take the country to the world cup after two expatriates did it in 2006 and 2010.  Story by Ghana /Asempa Sports

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