Kwesi Appiah has praised John Mensah for the gracious way he has accepted his omission from Ghanaâ€™s World Cup.
The Ghanaian trainer announced a provisional 26-man squad to the tournament on Monday without the experienced centre-back.
Mensah, who currently plays for Slovakian side Nitra, has seen a rather fine career blighted by injuries.
Appiah was forced to drop the â€˜intelligentâ€™ defender due to concerns over his fitness and he has admitted it was not an easy decision to make.
He said: John is a player I really appreciate. It was a hard decision to explain to him but he accepted it,â€ he said.
â€œHe is a magnificent player who has done a lot for his country.
â€œAt the end of the day it was decision to make. It was a hard call I must admit.
"The gracious way he accepted the decision and accepted it was a choice I had to make."
The 31-year-old who has 79 caps to his credit played at the last two editions of the global piece.