Boye Boost For Black Stars



Bye1Black Stars’ defender John Boye has handed the Black Stars a massive 2014 World Cup boost by returning to training with the Rennes squad after a two-month injury-induced absence.

The centre-back trained with the entire squad of the French top-flight club last Monday night, the first time he has joined team since suffering the injury in October, Ghana’s leading football news outfit can reveal.

The return to training with the entire Rennes first team squad shows that the talented centre-back will return to full time action in the coming days.

The news is a massive boost for coach Kwesi Appiah who was left without three of his key central defenders in the final 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Egypt.

Boye withdrew from the squad that played Egypt in the decisive 2014 World Cup playoff clash in October and November because of the thigh injury.

The injury required surgery which kept him out of action for about eight weeks.

This left coach Appiah without his first and second choice central defensive pair for the two-legged matches against Egypt in October and November.

He was the third Ghana central defender to be ruled out of the match against Egypt following the likes of Isaac Vorsah and Jonathan Mensah.

With Mensah now playing fully with French side Evian, Vorsah remains the sticking point with just about six months to the World Cup in Brazil.

In another development, Ex Ghana striker Tanko Ibrahim is urging the Ghana FA to make good use of Otto Addo in gathering vital information especially on the Germany team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Black Stars have been drawn in a tough group alongside the three time winners, Portugal and USA on its third appearance at the finals.

Ghana aim at going at least one better than the quarter final finish achieved last terms in South Africa.

And the former Black Stars striker who is now the assistant coach of Cameroon – who will also be at the World Cup wants the Ghana FA to put tap into the in-depth knowledge of his ex national team colleague in gathering vital information especially against Germany.

“Of course I kept an eye on Ghana despite my focus being on the Cameroon team during the draw,” Tanko told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“Ghana will be coming up against very good teams in Germany, Portugal and USA.

“Enough information must be gathered against the teams in the group.

“If authorities want some help, sure I’ll like to help but I don’t think it will be as effective due to my job with Cameroon.

“But there are other people like Otto Addo who is also a coach and has stayed almost his entire life in Germany. He will provide credible information about Germany for instance.

“It is up to him (Otto Addo) whether he will want to accept such a role but I believe people like him and many others can help out in this area.

“But of course such a thing can only occur if the coach gives the green light but I believe it will help a great deal in arming the Black Stars before the tournament.”

Addo now works as one of the U19 team coach of Hamburg haven retired from football in 2008.

 

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