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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Adam Kwarasey…

A Safe pair of hands!

 

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Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey is quietly cementing himself as Ghana’s first choice keeper ahead of the likes of Fatau Dauda and Stephen Adams. His recent excellent performance against the Netherlands in Rotterdam will do his chances of starting in the World Cup no harm at all. He was arguably Ghana’s best player and kept the scoreline to a respectable 1-0.

Born in Oslo to a Ghanaian father and a Norwegian mother ,the 6ft 3 inch Kwarasey started out playing youth football with Trosterud and Vålerenga in Norway.After moving to Strømsgodset, he made his debut in May 2007. Kwarasey was the captain of the club when Strømsgodset in 2013 won the Norwegian league titltle for the first time since 1970.He also won the Kniksen Award as the best goalkeeper in the 2013 season. It was in November 2007 that Kwarasey declared that he would play international football for Ghana,  even though he would later play a friendly match for the Norway under-21’s.

In October 2010, Kwarasey received his Ghanaian passport and became eligible to play for Ghana.On 30 July 2011, Kwarasey was called up tothe Ghana national team for a match against Nigeria. That match was postponed due to security reasons,although Kwarasey confirmed his intention to become Ghana’s first-choice goalkeeper. He made his international debut for Ghana in September 2011 in an 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland,before playing in a friendly match against Brazil at Craven Cottage in London three days later.

Kwarasey was named to Ghana’s 23-man squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations but did not play a match as Kwesi Appiah favoured Fatou Dauda at the time much to the surprise of many observers. However this time around he looks to have found form at the right time and is favourite to be first choice between the sticks for Brazil.

Adam Kwarasey, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

See below for  Kwarasey in fine form in  a friendly against Brazil!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Here we go again!

 Ghana qualify for yet another CAN finals

Ghana booked themselves a place at CAN 2013 with a workmanlike performance against Malawi in Lilongwe.  With Ghana leading 2-0 from the first leg they were overwhelming favourites to go through but they were made to work for their win with the only goal of the game coming from Afriyie Acquah on his international debut.

Ghana started the game very well taking just three minutes to get into the lead after the Parma midfielder applied the finish to a well-worked short corner from Andre Ayew. Ghana went on to control the rest of the early stages of the first half, but had to rely on Adam Kwarasey’s reflexes to prevent being pegged back.

Both teams then went through a period where they threatened the goalkeepers with dangerous efforts. Asamoah Gyan was presented with a number of chances to double the lead first from a free kick which the goalkeeper did well to get to before he failed to connect with a well-placed Ayew cross as the Black Stars went into half time with a one goal lead. Christian Atsu also had an effort on the Malawi goal which was comfortably saved.

The second half almost started like the first with Ghana seemingly in control but Atsu could not get his effort on target after getting past a couple of players. It took some good positional awareness from defender Isaac Vorsah; however, to prevent the Flames from going in front as he diverted a goal bound header wide before John Boye made the clearance.

Malawi continued to rally but the Black Stars saw out the game to book a place in South Africa for the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Overall Ghana should be pleased in the manner of the qualification which has seen the emergence of two players (Christian Atsu & Afriye Acquah) tipped for great things. No doubt Ghana will be amongst the favourites for the competition in South Africa but will need to learn from mistakes of earlier this year, when again tipped for glory they crashed out at the semi-finals to eventual winner Zambia.  Here we go again!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@KwesiTheAuthor)