Black Stars head coach Charles Kwablah Akonnor has explained his decision to summon 32 locally-based players for an intensive training regime ahead of next month’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
The 32 home based players called up by the coach created lot of reactions among Ghanaians and Journalists. As a result, coach Akonnor had to come out and share his thoughts and reasons for the only local based call ups.
He stated that COVID-19 issues have played a big part in the calling of local players for camp ahead of the AFCON qualifiers.
He explained that some foreign players could not make it in the previously callup due to COVID-19 so he is preparing for such a case again.
He also stressed on the fact that local players should be given a chance. In the list, a lot of GPL and Division One League players were called.
“This is not the first time a national team coach is inviting home based players. For us, it has become necessary to do this because of the challenges we faced before the Ghana versus Sudan match when players were not able to come because of COVID-19 issues. coach Akonnor told the GFA media team.
“We made some late call ups but travelling restrictions and quarantine issues made things difficult for us. So, management and the technical team thought it wise to do this by inviting a chunk of home players to move to camp to prepare for the games.”
“We believe that once the time gets closer, we will look at the foreign players who are doing well and without issues of COVID-19 to join the players. With all this at stake, we (myself and the rest of the technical team) have been able to go around to look into what is going on with our clubs and I must commend our coaches for a good job done.”
“The players have done so well and we believe that those we have selected are the best in the country. Hopefully when the foreign guys are able to come and join them, we will have a solid team to play South Africa and Sao Tome.” Akonnor added.