Parma Midfielder Afriyie Acquah Eyes 2014 World Cup

 Ebenezer Afriyie AcquahParma and Ghanaian midfielder Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah has set his sight on playing a key part in the Black Stars’ campaign in Brazil, come June.

The young Ghanaian prodigy has been in scintillating form for the Italian side since joining them on loan from German outfit TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in August last year.

Since moving to Italy, the 22-year-old  has adapted quickly to Coach Roberto Donadoni’s system – thus making 15 appearances for the Crusaders and teaming up with Walter Gargano and Jonathan Biabiany in midfield to form a formidable midfield trio for Coach Donadoni’s team.

He was on hand last week to help his side thump fellow Serie A side Atalanta 4-0 as they broke their host’s solid home record, pushing Parma to the 7th position on the league ladder.

Speaking to a group of Ghanaian sports journalists from his base in Italy via video conferencing, the Sunyani-born player indicated that it would be great to be part of the final squad for Brazil.

“I’m in great shape at the moment and playing very well in Italy and I hope Coach Kwesi Appiah will invite me to join my colleagues to the Mundial.”

According to him, Ghana has good players and his dream is to be part of the team that will make Ghana and Africa proud at the Brazil tournament.

Acquah has played under present coach Appiah, in far away Lilongwe, Malawi two years ago in his first full senior national team start, scoring the only goal to seal a 3-0 aggregate win over the Flames and qualifying the Black Stars to last year’s African Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.

However, after that performance and an impressed outing against Chile in a friendly earlier the same year, injury robbed him of his dream of making the Stars’ squad to that Nations’ Cup tournament, “but not this time,” he says.

The former Bechem United and Palermo star who also featured for the national Under-17 and Under-20 sides is looking for a reunion with the head trainer, an opportunity he believes who come through his continuous hardwork on the field of play.

“At present, I’m letting my performance on the field do the talking for me. I have been involved in almost all the games for my club this season and playing in one of the most competitive league’s in Europe speaks volumes of my abilities for now.”

On whether the Stars can impress at the World Cup, the Parma ace stated that with the right players, right attitude and the best of preparations, they would go a step farther than in South Africa “if not playing in the final of finals.” By Raymond Ackumey

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