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Premier League Defender Declines Black Stars Invitation for AFCON 2021

Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu has reportedly rejected a call up to Ghana’s senior national team- Black Stars for next month’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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Reports circulating in the Ghanaian media indicate that the 22-year-old Centre back has once again declined Milovan Rajevac’s invitation ahead of the continental showpiece.

It is however, unclear as to why the former Real Valladolid star turned down the invitation as he is not eligible to represent any country other than Ghana on the international stage.

Serbian tactician Milovan Rajevac is expected to name his provisional squad for the AFCON by close of this week before the team open camping in Doha, Qatar next week.

The experienced trainer will then cut down his squad size to twenty eight for the AFCON in Cameroon which kicks off on January 9, 2021.

Salisu has been impressive for Southampton this season and has established himself as pillar in the defensive setup of Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.

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The towring Centre back has turned down a number of invitations to play for Ghana since making the move to the Premier League in the summer of 2020.

Although his reason for continuously turning down the invitations remain unknown, it is believed that highly rated defender wants to establish himself more at club level before switching his attention to national team football.

Ghana will be chasing a first title in fourty years when the AFCON starts in Cameroon next year.

The Black Stars have been placed in Group C alongside Morocco, Gabon and the Comoros Island.

 

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