Kwesi Appiah, the newly appointed head coach for the Ghanaian national football team, is reportedly targeting the recruitment of Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who is eligible to play for either Ghana or the Netherlands. This is part of his plan to expand his options when constructing a suitable roster to prepare for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. “If there are players born outside or who grew up outside and they can add to the quality of the team then you must make the effort. There are about eight to ten players that I have given to the GFA to make enquiries about how we can get them on our side. If they are good enough we want them to play for Ghana. That has to be my priority as the Ghana coach.”
Besides Fosu-Mensah, some other names rumored to be part of those “eight to ten players” targeted by Appiah include Inaki Williams of Atletico Bilbao and Gideon Jung of Hamburg SV. Williams was born in Spain to a Ghanaian father and Liberian mother, so Williams has several countries wooing him currently. Jung was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents. George Afriyie, vice president of the Ghana Football Association, confirmed that Williams was contacted even before the hiring of Appiah as part of Ghana’s standard practice of looking for prospects born overseas, but it sounds like Appiah will be making a special effort to get these new players on board.
It is yet to be seen whether or not Appiah’s recruitment will work, given his rocky relationship with Ghanaian players in the past. In addition to recruiting younger prospects, he also has to work on recruiting back former Ghanaian stars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, who he suspended after the players staged a locker room revolt against the coach in the disastrous 2014 World Cup.