Doors open for other players–Appiah

Author: Kwame Larweh
Coach Kwasi Appiah

Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah says despite being certain about his 23 man squad for the upcoming AFCON in Egypt, which kick-starts June 21, there is still room left for other players as injuries, a dip in form and other extraneous factors may cause attrition in the squad.

“I know my team for the tournament. I’m certain about the squad,will be but as I always say there is still a chance for other players as some permanent players may dip in form, fatigued and there could be injuries”, he told the media at the Accra Sports Stadium last Tuesday after the Black Stars thrashed Mauritanian 3-1 in an international friendly encounter.

He also revealed that players with much versatility would be his paramount focus.

“Football is different now. Players don’t have to focus on one role or one position; they must be able to play anywhere and wherever they are tasked to play”, he noted.

According to him, he shares the belief that all players who qualify to play for the Black Stars must be given the opportunity to showcase their talent and be selected if they prove worthy, hence the justification for still introducing new players to the squad to determine their quality, durability and fitness to play the Black Stars.

“I believe that everyone must be given a chance and everyone must be made to feel welcomed to play for the Stars”, he stated.
Appiah disclosed that the Stars would begin camping in the first week of June and the pre-tournament camping is expected to last for three weeks.

He, however, failed to name the exact location where the Stars will camp.