New Black Stars Coasch, James Kwesi Appiah has indicated that good legs among Ghana’s home-based players, the Black Stars B, will definitely get chances to play in the nation’s principal team.
Kwesi Appiah’s comments come after he had named 30 local players who are to participate in the Black Stars B camping ahead of the 2018 CHAN Qualifiers and the WAFU tournament to be hosted by Ghana in September.
The former Al Khartoum manager is reigniting competition in the Ghana Premier League by assuring that the best players in the league will have chances of making it to his new look team. According to Mr. Appiah while speaking on Accra-based Citi Fm, local players should endeavour to give in their best anytime they represent their clubs as they will henceforth be kept under watch.
“I may not always be there in person, but I may send some of my technical staff to scout on my behalf. But once they are performing well and many Ghanaians can attest to it, then they have every chance of a call up like any other player in the world,” he assured.
Appiah who is coaching the Black Stars for the second time is determined this time around, to end Ghana’s long and frustrating trophy drought by ensuring that the national team becomes a formidable lot ahead of the 2018 World Cup and 2019 African Cup of Nations. Kwesi Appiah’s moves appear to be tell-tale signs that some of the good-for-nothing and bench warming foreign players may be receiving the shocks of their lives at his first call up in June.
Black Stars B
The Black Stars B is a team of home-based Ghanaian footballers who play for different clubs within the country. As earlier mentioned, the newly appointed Black Stars Coach has invited 30 of them to join in the first phase of the local players training programme to be held at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram, from Monday, 15th May to Thursday, 15th June, 2017.
Below is the full list of the newly selected Black Stars B players.
1. FELIX ANNAN -ASANTE KOTOKO
2. RAZAK ABALORA -WAFA
3. RICHARD OFORI -WA ALL STARS
4. JOSEPH ADDO -ADUANA STARS
5. FATAU MOHAMMED -HEARTS OF OAK
6. ERIC OWUSU -BECHEM UNITED
7. DANIEL DARKWAH -ADUANA STARS
8. ABDUL BASHIRU-BECHEM UNITED
9. IBRAHIM MORO -BOLGA ALL STARS
10. NICHOLAS OPOKU -BEREKUM CHELSEA
11. AWAL MOHAMMED -ASANTE KOTOKO
12. MALIK ISMAILA -TEAM YOUTH
13. SAMUEL SARFO -LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS
14. FAROUK ADAMS -ELMINA SHARKS
15. GIDEON WAJA -WAFA
16. EMMANUEL LOMOTEY -DREAMS FC.
17. MAJEED ASHIMERU-WAFA
18. ISAAC TWUM -INTER ALLIES
19. WINFUL COBBINAH -HEARTS OF OAK
20. PAUL FIATSI -GREAT OLYMPICS
21. EMMANUEL GYAMFI -ASANTE KOTOKO
22. PATRICK RAZAK -HEARTS OF OAK
23. JOSEPH PAINSTIL – TEMA YOUTH
24. RICHMOND LAMPTEY -WAFA
25. ZAKARIA MUMMUNI -ADUANA STARS
26. NICHOLAS GYAN – EBUSUA DWARFS
27. STEPHEN SARFO – BEREKUM CHELSEA
28. DERRICK SASRAKU-ADUANA STARS
29. RICHARD ARTHUR -WA ALL STARS
30. JOSEPH ESSOU – EBUSUA DWARFS
As directed by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Appiah was saddled with the responsibility of coaching both the foreign and local Black Stars, contrary to what it used to be in the past. Click here to see all the details about Appiah’s appointment as Black Stars coach.
Unlike his predecessor Avram Grant, Kwesi Appiah is known for grooming upcoming players, giving them opportunities to develop, as well as chances to play in the national team. It is noted that more than half of the players that currently make up the Ghana National Team were given their debuts by him. For instance, Christian Atsu, Jeffery Schlupp, Mubarak Wakaso, Solomon Asante, Baba Abdul Rahman, Rabiu Mohammed, Razak Brimah and others were all given their opportunity by Appiah.
Meanwhile, Mr. Appiah’s selection of the Black Stars B players did not escape criticisms. Many have been frowning at the his failure to pick uprising stars like Medeama’ Justice Blay, Elmina Sharks’ Benjamin Tweneboah and Hearts of Oak’s Thomas Abbey. Despite the glaringly outstanding marks these players made this season in their various teams, no place was found for them in the 30-man Black Stars B list.
The new coach and his team have instead held unto some other under-performing players in the likes of Kotoko defender Awal Mohammed, who has struggled to assert himself since returning to Kumasi. According to some local fans who were angered by Kwesi Appiah’s action, the omission of the three aforementioned stars makes a complete nonsense of the selection criteria.