Coach Appiah defends injured Kwadwo Asamoah

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Kwadwo Asamoah

Coach of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, Kwasi Appiah, has stated that Kwadwo Asamoah’s absence from camp was to enable him to undergo treatment in Spain.

Asamoah was an unused substitute in the Black Stars’ AFCON qualifier against the Harambee Stars of Kenya last Saturday and again missed the international friendly against Mauritania last Tuesday, raising questions about the midfielder’s whereabout.  

Addressing the media during a post-match press conference, Coach Appiah revealed that the player had some medical issues which warranted his sudden departure.

According to him, Asamoah got injured while training with the Stars in Accra prior to the Kenya game and had to fly to Europe for urgent treatment at the request of his club.

"There are some medical issues I cannot explain in public but when he came after the second day he had an injury but we thought that he would be fine. So I didn't want to risk him because the extent of the injury was communicated to his club and they thought it was better to release him as soon as possible," he said.

The 30-year versatile player left the Black Stars camp last Sunday for Barcelona, Spain, to seek medical attention on his knee injury as ordered by his club, Inter Milan.

Asamoah is expected to be part of Ghana's squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt in June-July.