Ghana names 23-man World Cup squad

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By DAN KARELL

Andre Ayew, Michael Essien, and Asamoah Gyan will lead the line for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

Following Ghana’s 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon, head coach Kwesi Appiah trimmed his squad by three to finalize his 23-man roster, cutting defenders Jerry Akaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp and midfielder David Accam from the World Cup squad.

Akaminko suffered an ankle injury late in the loss to the Netherlands that will unfortunately leave him out for upwards of three months.

While there are 16 players who have never been to a World Cup before in the squad, the likes of Essien, Gyan, both Ayew brothers, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Sully Muntari give the Black Stars plenty of experience. Juventus wing back Kwadwo Asamoah and Jonathan Mensah are a couple of more players who are likely to play a big role.

Some of the less experienced players to keep an eye on are midfielders Christian Atsu, Mohammed Rabiu, and centerback Rashid Sumaila.

Here’s a closer look at Ghana’s 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup:

GHANA’S 2014 WORLD CUP SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

DEFENDERS: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)

MIDFIELDERS: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Mohammed Rabiu (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux).

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28 Responses to Ghana names 23-man World Cup squad

  1. Maykol says:

    In case you guys wanna see sone Asamoah Gyan talent link to m.youtube.com

  2. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    Man.. talent

  3. Alex says:

    Akaminko was a big loss for them

  4. Troy says:

    He isn’t a big lose. They would have replaced him with someone.

  5. TheFrenchOne says:

    I can’t believe the coach left Donovan off his 23…

  6. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Dat midfield doe.

    Oh well, at least the back line and GK give us something to work with.

  7. Good Jeremy says:

    All the talk from the coaches and players about getting ready for Ghana has me worried.
    Of course you are hinging your chances on the first game, but they talk about it so confidently and obsessively that Ghana players are going to come in angry. Show some coach-speak. They’ve beat us the last two cycles, they’re more skilled than we are, we don’t need to make them angry as well.

    • Chicago Josh says:

      Meh…look at the rest of the group. Ghana wants three points from this game, too.

      • Good Jeremy says:

        Exactly.
        You still don’t talk it up as if it’s your superbowl and you will beat them though.

        FWIW, I don’t think Portugal is much better than Ghana. They play really mediocre and *if* someone can contain Ronaldo then Portugal will go down easily.

        • Mason says:

          “You still don’t talk it up as if it’s your superbowl and you will beat them though.”

          No one is doing that.

          Stop being such a concern troll.

    • GW says:

      Ghana needs to beat the US as badly as we need to beat them.

      Bulletin board material is irrelevant. Pretty much to a man they expect to beat us.

  8. Troy says:

    If USMNT don’t score an early goal in the game verse Ghana then I don’t see them winning. The tie Might be a draw or a Ghana win.

    • Chu says:

      True talk bruv. In games where we concede first against disciplined sides no matter the opposition we loose. eg loosing to a 20th mins qualifier in Zambia, a 1st minute goal to Montenegro and reencently 5 mins to the dutch. I dont remeber the match we have ever won coming from a goal down. But note U.S is likely to crumble at the last minute and I dont need to pour out any records cause y’all know so Klinsi better be working on that.

      • Luetchy says:

        We were down 2-0 vs Bosnia in Sarajevo at the half…

        • scb says:

          I think he was talking about Ghana. Unless the US has played Zambia recently and I’ve blocked it from my memory?

  9. Chu says:

    I wonder what coach Appiah has in his mind maintaining Samuel Inkoom who simply refuses to come to any party. Adomah is going to be a weak link if he starts. If Adomahs typical english type of get the ball, run to the wings, cross and score works, the England would not be fluking their team. But Adomah showing that he is the only midfielder that cant shield the ball or force a foul from to prssuring defenders just showed why nobody wanted to give him a pass cause he is waste. Jonathan Mensah is not what a lot think he is. Dodging a short from Kagawa if you can please check the higlights. Boye is an on and off whilst Harrison is going to be heckled by tough wings and attackes. O pare is our only hope but cant account for an attacking cross after making space in attack. oh what a porous defense. If the opponenets are reading and are wise enough, our defense is all yours

  10. Tim F. says:

    What is Ghana’s projected 11?

  11. Falls City Outlaw says:

    Their defense looks worse than ours!

  12. Chris2 says:

    Defense/keeper give hope, but, soccer games are won in the midfield.

  13. Adomah needs to be drown

  14. Kwasi appiah needs to use wares first and quarasey should start bcos he has experience than fatau

  15. Joamiq says:

    If Michael Essien and Andre Ayew actually lead the line for Ghana, we might just have a chance.

  16. buedi says:

    kwesi Appiah has taken his final decision and all we need to do is support the team with prayer and i think we will get somewhere in the compitetion

  17. Meh says:

    Not worth it pal. Ives works too hard to have his site hijacked by a bunch of comment-level speculation every day.

    If you really want to do this, build a solid backlog (3-4 months). Build interest. Get some level of comments. And then be honest. Post a 500 word case for why people should go check out your thoughts, and who you are, and why are not stepping on Ives’ feet (i.e. why this is complementary to what is presented here, instead of a replacement).

    If I see “Enzo Dolani” post consistenly worthwhile comments here for a few months, and you offer something this site doesn’t, I might be interested.

    But this is just an attempt to piggyback off of Ives. Show some respect.

  18. Where is quensly abeyei my mentor

  19. Please players don’t fight for the cup but let try to bring the cup home the cup home because this is our time and it das not matter the soccer is being hosting in Brazil