Lists, especially waiting lists are never fair. I have never envied people on waiting lists. Apart from being made to play second fiddle, if members of the main list suffer the slightest misfortune, society is quick to point accusing fingers at the poor waiting list with small talk of how members of the waiting list ‘must have jinxed the main listers’.
Speaking of lists, Milovan has released Ghana’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad. Without a doubt the squad looks good on paper even though he could have done better. One can already imagine Ghana putting up a spirited fight at South Africa. Nonetheless, he has the ugly task of telling a set of ‘Unfortunate 7’ that they are surplus requirement. The debate on Who will make the ‘Unfortunate 7’ will be heated! Assuming away injuries, and without any malice intended, I am going to hazard a guess.
GOALKEEPERS: The inclusion of Stephen Adams and Stephen Ahorlu should come as a relief for many a football fan. I am not sold out on Daniel Adjei, who cannot earn a place at mid-table Liberty Professionals. Maybe, like Agyeman-Badu, Andre Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah and Jonathan Mensah, he is going to South Africa to increase his international exposure ahead of the 2012 Olympics. Adjei will be on my waiting list.
DEFENDERS: First, I am still struggling to find how and where Rahim Ayew fits in this defence. There are other players good enough to handle the left full back (e.g Lee Addy) and his own natural wide midfield (Laryea, Quincy etc) roles. I will drop him. Again, I am not convinced about abilities of Jonathan Mensah at this level of football, I would choose between him and Eric Addo. Slow as Eric Addo might appear, he comes with too much experience to ignore. Hence I will ask Jonathan Mensah to wait till 2014 when he would have matured.
MIDFIELDERS: I nominate the following five players to the ‘Unfortunate 7’, three of whom will be selected: Andre Ayew, Haminu Draman, Derrick Boateng, Stephen Appiah and Bernard Yao-Kumordzie. I will put Haminu Draman on the waiting list because he is the weakest link from a collection of potential wingers – Kevin-Prince, Quincy, Laryea, Sulley and Andre. Of all the games I have seen of Derrick Boateng at Gatefe, I have been unimpressive. I will not think twice putting him on waiting list. Between Kumordzie, who has a record of disappointing when it matters and Stephen Appiah, who has not seen competitive action for ages and could be an injury burden, I am tempted to drop Appiah. But it’s hard to drop a captain, sorry Bernard, a dead lion is sometimes better than a living goat.
STRIKERS: I will consider dropping Matthew Amoah (who has a tendency of galloping all about the pitch without any influence in tournaments) and Dominic Adiyiah, a weak striker whose best performance against adults was two seasons ago when he placed second on the Glo Premier League goal king chart behind Eric Bekoe. Note that Eric Bekoe has continued with his exploits at senior level. Adiyiah is still sucking on pacifiers. If I had the power to choose, I will put Adiyiah on waiting list. I would have picked Adiyiah if he had scored only 10 goals outside Ghana’s League.
MY FINAL SQUAD: Richard Kingston, Daniel Adjei, Stephen Ahorlu, Samuel Inkoom, Hans Sarpei, Lee Addy, John Mensah, Isaac Vorsah, John Paintsil, Jonathan Mensah, Dede Ayew, Michael Essien, Kojo Asamoah, Agyemang Badu, Stephen Appiah, Anthony Annan, Sulley Muntari, Quincy Owusu Abeyie, Bernard Kumordzie, Laryea Kingston, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Prince Tagoe, Asamoah Gyan, Matthew Amoah
WAITING LIST: Daniel Adjei, Jonathan Mensah, Bernard Yao-Kumordzie, Derrick Boateng, Haminu Draman, Rahim Ayew, Dominic Adiyiah
MY STARTING LINE UP (4-2-3-1): Richard Kingston, John Paintsil, John Mensah (C), Isaac Vorsah, Hans Adu-Sarpei, Anthony Anan, Micheal Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan
SUBS: Quincy Owusu-Abeyie/Sulley Muntari; Prince Tagoe/Asamoah Gyan; Laryea Kingston/Kevin-Prince Boateng