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Ex-Ghana star Sam Johnson warns Black Stars coach CK Akonnor over bias player selection

Published on: 09 April 2020
Ex-Ghana star Sam Johnson warns Black Stars coach CK Akonnor over bias player selection
Sam Johnson

Ex-Ghana international Sam Johnson has advised Black Stars coach CK Akonnor not to give preferential treatment to bench-warming foreign-based players.

The former Anderlecht and Fenerbahce star says his former international teammate must use the same criteria for home-based players and those abroad.

Akonnor recently said he would only invite locally-based players who will be consistent for their clubs.

Johnson, who played alongside Akonnor at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations, says that should not be restricted to local stars only.

"It is the right thing to call up consistent players but he [Akonnor] should not only limit it to the local scene," Johnson said.

"If I am playing [locally] and you don't call me and someone else [foreign-based player] playing [for the Black Stars] is not playing [at club level] and you call him, it is not fair.

"But there are exceptions where some players are not active at their clubs but perform well when handed the national team invite.

"My advice to the local players is that they should fight and get into the first eleven when they receive call-ups."

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