Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah says he has been impressed by a majority of the new blood he is infusing into the senior national team, the Black Stars.
Running the rule over his work so far after the last assignment for the year 2017 [against Egypt], the returnee trainer revealed that ten out of sixteen new faces he has brought on board since assuming duty in May have done enough for a place in the formidable team he is attempting to build for the big task of winning the Nations Cup in 2019.
“The essence of the campaign is to build a new team for 2019 so you saw a whole lot of new players. Since I came, I think I have called up 16 new players… I wanted everyone to see their performance and so far, the process has been very successful,” Kwasi Appiah opened up in an interview with Kumasi-based Nhyira FM.
He continued: “The matches we played afforded us the chance to assess the boys and we’ve all seen for ourselves that a lot of these boys can fit in… so far, about 10 of the players I have invited have proved that when given the chance, they can defend the nation. I believe everybody can attest to that.
“By next year, we would have a core group with at least three players for each position and with that we can be confident of having a strong team for 2019,” coach Appiah added.
The likes of Raphael Dwamena, Thomas Agyepong, Lumor Agbenyenu, Edwin Gyasi, Abass Mohammed, Kasim Nuhu, Lawrence Ati Zigi, Nasiru Mohammed, Kingsley Sarfo, Samuel Sarfo, Nicholas Opoku, Winful Cobbinah, Gideon Waja, Godfred Donsah, Gershon Koffie, Isaac Sackey, Felix Annan, Joseph Addo and Daniel Darkwah are the new faces who have received call-ups since Kwasi Appiah’s return.
The former Al-Khartoum Watani coach ends the year with three wins, same for drawn games and two defeats after replacing Avram Grant.