Le Roy holds back on squad selection


The Frenchman, who has spent a week with 27 players on the outskirts of Dubai in preparations for the Nations Cup, says he wants to leave the decision on his squad as late as possible.

“Maybe there will be one or two surprises from the game. After the game maybe some things will change. I will decide on the squad after that. I have to take the best players for the benefit of Ghana”, he told snl24.com/kickoff.

Le Roy says making the decision about who to pick and who to drop will be a difficult job.

“It’s always a very difficult decision because you have to leave smiles on faces and not men in tears. It’s always a difficult choice and has always been my most difficult moment. But you always have to make a choice and I will make that.”

Le Roy is convinced though that whoever he picks will be worthy representatives for Ghana.

“I have really enjoyed everyday I have spent with these players. Their commitment has been first class and with every training session they convince they understand the task at hand and are capable of delivering it.”

Meanwhile, Qunicy Owusu Abeyie is still waiting anxiously to find out whether world football governing body Fifa have approved his application to switch nationality and represent Ghana after turning out for Holland at the youth level.

The Celta Vigo midfielder’s application has been pending at Fifa for months but the player and Ghana FA officials are anxiously waiting for word on it with the deadline drawing closer for the submission of the final squads for the Nations Cup.

Le Roy says he is also waiting on Fifa before deciding on whether to include the 21-year old player in his final squad.

Le Roy has suggested he will give the former Arsenal every opportunity to represent to country of birth of his parents because of his qualities.

“I hope that good news will come for Quincy because he did a lot of good things in training. He has huge potential; he is fast, skillful, can play on the right, left, in the middle, creates and gives us a lot of options tactically. I hope that they give him the green light so he can represent us.”

Team doctor Martin Engman also discloses that Laryea Kingston is fit and ready to help Ghana in its quest for a record equaling fifth African Nations title.

Engman and his medical team have been kept busy by a number of injury situation in the Black Stars camp but it is the situation of the Hearts of Scotland star that has dominated the headlines for obvious reasons.

Laryea has been one of Ghana’s star performers in the last year and the absence of captain Stephen Appiah makes him even more crucial to the Ghana cause.

“Laryea has gone through accelerated rehabilitation in order for him to be ready for the tournament so we have to take it easy at times.

“From a medical view point he is responding well and has been training with the team every day since we have been here. He is ready from the medical team’s view point and fit to play in the tournament.”