By Rahman Osman
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World Cup-bound defender Rashid Sumaila has praised the quality of the Ghana Premier League after a strong second half display by a local select side in a friendly against the Black stars.
Fridayâ€™s exhibition match meant to bid farewell to the Black Stars before departing to Holland to prepare for next monthâ€™s tournament.
The local select XI conceded five goals in the first half but put up an improved display in the second stanza and grabbed a consolation goal in the 6-1 defeat.
Sumaila, a former Asante Kotoko defender, played in the second half for the Black Stars says the improved is a testimony of the strength of the Ghana top-flight.
â€œItâ€™s a competitive league one which I am proud to have played in,â€ the Mamelodi Sundowns player told GHANASoccernet.com.
â€œMost a times we do not value the things we have but I can tell you that the league in this country is not as bad as people paint it to be.
â€œThe performance of the dream team in the second half was another example of the talent available in this country and given the opportunity more could be world class players.â€
The 21-year-old will now be looking to make Kwesi Appiahâ€™s team for a major tournament for the first time after being dropped for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.