by Micheal Oti Adjei
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insist he is not burdened by the availability of the many star names in his squad for the 2014 world cup qualifier against Zambia.
Appiah has the full compliment of the 26 players he called up for the game including the trio of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Dede Ayew and Michael Essien who are all returning to the side after going on various retirements.
Zambia have mocked the recall of those players as evidence of panic in the Ghana ranks and suggested it could trigger a lack of coordination that will work against the Black Stars but Appiah doesn’t buy into that.
“I believe it is always good to have competition in the team as well as a good bench so whether all the players are in or out, the most important thing is making sure we have all our good players”, he says.
“For me it is not about panic. It’s ensuring that during the game I can pick the best players available to Ghana.”
Boateng has not played for Ghana since a Nations Cup qualifier against Congo two years ago. He played nine games for Ghana before retiring with only one of those games in Ghana.
Michael Essien also played in that game against Congo bit picked up an injury with Chelsea and asked for time out of international football after retiring while Dede quit after being dropped from the squad that went to the 2013 Nations Cup.
Midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman-Badu could be one of those players who will lose out of playing time with the return of the trio but insist the most important thing is that it makes the Black Stars stronger.
“These are world class players so who will not have them into their team. It’s positive and it has given the whole team a real lift.