Leave Kwesi Appiah Alone!




kwasi appiahThe senior national team, the Black Stars, are preparing feverishly ahead of the earth-cracking World Cup play-off against Egypt in Kumasi, on October 15.

The handlers of the team are leaving nothing to chance to ensure a massive victory in Kumasi, to make the return encounter in Egypt a mere sporting exercise.

The team is looking forward to banging in the goals, and a comfortable win, ahead of the return match.
As part of the preparations, the chief trainer, Kwesi Appiah, released the full list of players invited to defend the national flag, on Tuesday, naming among them, Richard Kingson, the nation’s former safest pair of hands, and five other returnees – Sulley Muntari, Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Frimpong, Jerry Akamenko and David Addy.

Since the list was released, there has been public argument over the coach’s choices, especially Richard Kingson.

Many are of the opinion that the one-time first choice goalkeeper has outlived his usefulness and should therefore not have been invited.

Another school of thought feels experience counts, and that Kingson, with 90 international caps to his credit, and Ghana’s number one at the 2006 and 2012 World Cup finals, could be relied on to clinch victory, especially in the crucial match on October 15.

The Times believes that whatever the arguments may be, it lies in the bosom of Coach Kwesi Appiah and his technical handlers, to decide, and it is clear they think Kingson would provide the tonic for the nation to beat Egypt and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The nation has entrusted the national team into the hands of Coach Kwesi Appiah, whose competence is not in doubt; therefore he should be left alone to perform his duties, because if he falters, the blame would be laid squarely at his door-step.

It is important for us all to trust him. After all, he knows the type of players he needs to win the crucial matches, to qualify the nation for the Brazil 2014 mundial.

Although the current goalkeepers – Fatau Dauda and Adam Kwarasey, – have done well to bring us this far, it is evident that they lack the necessary experience and confidence for the upcoming crucial play off.
Therefore, the Times appeals to all Ghanaians to give Richard Kingson the opportunity to use his experience and bring smiles to the faces of Ghanaians, when the chips go down.
After all, “all win be win”!

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