This Is Why Kwesi Appiah Dropped Ayews, Gyan For Friendlies

Kwesi Appiah and Stephen Appiah

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has explained why he dropped three of his senior players for the double header friendly games against Japan and Iceland.

Appiah excluded Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew ahead of the upcoming friendlies.

But Appiah handed debut call-ups to Levante’s sensation Emmanuel Boateng and Bayern Munich striker Kwasi Okyere Wried.

“There are a lot of players I didn’t invite and I didn’t do so because they are not performing,” Appiah told Sportsworldghana. 

“Players like Asamoah Gyan, Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew are all players who have been tried and tested over the years.” 

“Ghanaians and the entire world know what they are capable of doing, so I feel this is the perfect opportunity for me to try Emmanuel Boateng and Kwasi Okyere Wriedt in our quest to parade a strong team for our upcoming Afcon qualifying remaining matches.” 

“These are the only friendly games we have to play before we resume our qualifiers, so if you want to try new players, then this certainly is the right time to try them.”

The West African giants will play World Cup-bound Japan on May 30 before facing another World Cup-bound side Iceland on June 7.