Soccer News of Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah says the most important attributes any of his players must have are commitment and discipline.
The Stars play Cape Verde in their last competitive friendly of the calendar year on Wednesday night, and the bulk invitation of fringe players had led to speculation that certain regulars were assured a place at the next African Cup.
But though Appiah admits certain positions may have already been secured, he explains his need to get more options across board.
"The team [to face Cape Verde] is not actually based on whether someone is going to the Cup of Nations or not. There are some players that I’ve to make my final decision on. Some of them, I think, I’ve already made my final decision on them."
He also denied speculation that the regular members of the Black Stars not called up are definitely making it to South Africa.
"As to the view that those who were not called up for this team [to play Cape Verde] are definitely going [to the Cup of Nations]? That’s not it."
"Everyone has got a chance and the important thing is to look for those who are those really, really committed to fight for Ghana and at the same time I will be looking at the discipline aspect as well because we need unity in the team"
"But I believe that for anyone chosen – whether it’s for a competitive game or a friendly – the most important thing is that you the player must play your best for me to make the right decision"
The Black Stars will be in Group B alongside DR Congo, Mali and Niger when the tournament kicks off on January 19, 2013.