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No special treatment for local players in Black Stars selection - Akwasi Appiah

Published on: 08 January 2014
Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah says local players must prove themselves worthy of Black Stars call ups and not expect any special dispensation as against the foreign-based players.

Appiah’s appointment in 2012 was heralded with the hope of giving more opportunities to locally-based players.

And despite his earlier invites which featured quite an appreciable number of players from the domestic top flight, there is no player in the latest Black Stars team to have come from the domestic leagues.

The Black Stars team that beat Egypt impressively over two legs in the World Cup playoffs were all foreign-based with no single contribution from even the domestic top flight.

The situation is increasingly sparking fears that players need to travel abroad to get any chance of playing the in national team as the domestic competitions are not deemed relatively strong enough.

It also encourages the rising rate of player exodus from the Ghanaian top flight which further erodes the quality of the domestic championships.

But Akwasi Appiah says the only way out is for locally-based players to get an equal look in into the national team is to prove they as good as the ones called up from teams abroad.

“I keep saying that the performance of local players keep improving,” he told Metro FM.

“It is the reason I have been going round the various league centres and also travelling to South Africa for the CHAN tournament to monitor them.

“But in selecting a local player, you have to be sure that they play better than the foreign-based ones.

“It is not a case of this is a local player and this is a foreign-based player, it is about performance.

“If the performance of the local once prove better than the ones from abroad, then yes, they will have an equal opportunity.”


This article has 2 comment(s), give your comment
  • Abrantie says:
    January 08, 2014 02:41 pm
    What Akwasi is saying is true. I'm tired of Ghanaians saying AA isn't giving local based players chances. There is a reason why local players are local and foreign are foreign. Foreign players are suppose to be tactically and skillfully better than local players. As a coach, it would be hard for me to select a local player over a foreign player.
  • Kobby says:
    January 08, 2014 03:54 pm
    But AA you select inkoom who's inactive over our local players who were playing week in week out so what exactly are you saying? I want you to succeed but sometimes you go against your words when you said, " players would be selected base on performance"