By Patrick Akoto
Hearts of Oak goalkeepersâ€™ trainer Abubakar DambaÂ has hailed the recall of Philemon McCarthy to the Black Stars.
The 28-year-old had consistently been overlooked for a place in the national team despite impressing Â in post for Hearts over the past three years.
But the former Feyernood shot-stopper finally got his breakthrough after a two-year absence after he was named in a 21-man squad released by coach Kwesi Appiah ahead of the Â the return fixture of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi on October 13.
The former Ghana goalkeeper who has long been angling for the playerâ€™s recall into the team is delighted with the turn of event.
â€œI am thrilled with his (McCarthyâ€™s) recall into the Black Stars. It is long overdue because he is in top shape,â€ Damba told Accra-based Happy FM
â€œI have always insisted that I have the best crop of goalkeepers in the country and I will implore the handlers to call more of them.
â€œIt is now up to him to step up his game and show his capabilities."
McCarthy is regarded by many as a competent first choice goalie for the national team and must fight to dislodge Adam Kwarasey.