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Essien captains an almost depleted Ghana squad to Angola

January 2, 2010

The Black Stars of Ghana will be going into the African Cup of Nations in Angola with an almost depleted squad, as most of their first team players have been sidelined due to injuries.

Inspirational captain Stephen Appiah, has been nursing an injury to his hamstring since the first week of December. Only last week, Sunderland defender John Mensah, who deputizes in the absence of Appiah also sustained an injury to his hamstring. Mensah will be out of action for about 3 to 4 weeks. This means that if he is called up for Angola, he may only be available for the semi final, if Ghana is able to get that far. Chelsea midfielder Micheal Essien who usually captains the side in the absence of the two, is set to to lead the Black Stars in Angola.

Essien who has been out of action for 3 weeks after he tearing his right hamstring, is schedule to join his colleagues in camp next week. Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti is confident Essien will recover in time for the competition.

I’m not sure if Essien’s late arrival to camp will affect the teams preparations for the tournament. He is an experienced player who has been with the team long enough to adapt to their style of play. Provided Ghana coach, Milovan Rajevac does not come up with any tactical surprises, the midfielder should easily fit in well with the lads. I do however feel that Essien is up to the task of playing the role of captian. A recent ourburts by Essien over the exclusion of Sulley Muntari from the team may be another threat to Stars’ campaign.

Fulham’s John Pantsil and Hearts’ Laryea Kingston are other high profile players who would not make the squad to Angola due to injury.


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