Former Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah has revealed that Ghana International Kwadwo Asamoah’s failure to live up to the lofty expectations that people have of him is because he has ‘issues’ that have limited his performance.
Asamoah is often branded as one of the players who plays well for their club side and yet fail to replicate those fine performances for the national team.
He was expected to be the next big thing when he helped the Black Stars to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
After those initial fine performances for the Black Stars, the player was handed the iconic number 10 jersey in the hope that he will take up after the legendary Abedi Pele.
But those expectations have hardly been met, with Asamoah going in and out of the Black Stars.
A few months ago, Asamoah returned from one of his self-imposed exile from the national team but even that hasn’t seen him rediscover his old form.
The Inter Milan player was then dropped from Kwasi Appiah’s squad for Ghana’s African Cup of Nation qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe last November.
While some fans have expressed disappointment at the player’s frequent exclusion under Appiah, the former national team coach claims the player had his own problems, including injuries, which left him no option than not to rely on other players in Ghana’s quest to glory.
“He had a lot of issues that people don’t know about. He really wanted to serve his country. He had an injury and that has bothered him. Even now he has to take some injections before he comes to the field.