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Ghana coach CK Akonnor won't reserve places for home-based in Black Stars squad

Published on: 13 August 2020
Ghana coach CK Akonnor won't reserve places for home-based in Black Stars squad
Yahaya Mohammed

Ghana coach Charles Akonnor says he will not reserve dedicated slots for players in the Ghana Premier League in the Black Stars but insists those who work hard will get call-ups.

The ex-Ghana captain is yet to take charge of his first assignment after  a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Sudan was  postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But with foreign-based players dominating call-ups to the national teams, there has been a growing call for a quota to be reserved for home-based players to encourage players to stay at home.

The proponents of this idea believe that there is enough quality in the domestic game to compete for places in the team but the growing affection for foreign-based players limits the chances of players in the Ghana Premier League.

The former Ghana winger has responded saying he has no restrictions on the number of home-based players he can invite for an international assignment for the Black Stars.

Akonnor named Ghana Premier League trio Yahaya Mohammed, Kwadwo Amoako and Habib Mohammed in that squad his first assignment which was called off because of the pandemic.

For many, the number could have been more and Akonnor is ready to reward more outstanding talents.

''We don't have a quota for local based players in the national team but if you're home-based player and you work hard, you’ll be called,'' Akonnor told Starr FM.

Successive national team coaches have overlooked high performers in the Ghana Premier League and handed call-ups to bench warmers abroad.

Akonnor, who handled top-flight sides Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak, AshantiGold and Dreams FC is ready to change the status.

He has tasked players in the Ghana top-flight to step up to plate and earn call-ups on merit.

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