Wednesday Oct 11, 2017. 18:00
Following his side’s 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah says he welcomes his new selection headaches.
A new-look Black Stars team put the Saudi’s to the sword in Jeddah, with the line-up much changed from that which Ghana fans have been used to in recent years.
The likes of Patrick Twumasi, Isaac Twum, Kassim Nuhu, Abas Mohammed and Ati Zigi staked a claim for future selection in the absence of regulars such as Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Asamoah Gyan, Thomas Agyepong, Christian Atsu, Afriyie Acquah, Mubarak Wakaso, Agyemang Badu, Andre Dede Ayew and Jordan Ayew.
This growing pool of players will make Appiah’s life tougher - especially as he will have the dead-rubber 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt next month to use for further experimentation - but the tactician isn’t complaining.
"It's always good as a coach to have sleepless nights in the sense that once you have variety of players to pick from, it shows how strong the team will be and if you have a strong team, even though you'll have headache with selection, but at the end of it once there is victory your headache will come down," said Appiah after the game, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.
"So, in a way I think is a national team because if it's a club you are only limited to few players you've registered, but this is a national team and it's important we stretch our hands.
“At the end of it all it is the nation that will benefit in the long term. When you start any project, automatically there will be lapses and some few issues but I believe that's how you become strong and that's how you develop and get a better team."