Some omissions from the recent Black Stars call up and that of the Black Meteors has attracted social media uproar regarding the criteria for national team call up in Ghana.
Majority of the opinions claim national team invite in the sub-Saharan Africa has been bias over the years.
The argument of the football enthusiasts in the country are mainly based on some players who are on top form which they believe should have made the list.
Surprisingly, many could not make a case for three players who have been robbed off a call into the respective national teams.
On Wednesday May 12, Black Stars head coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor released his 30-man squad for Morocco, Ivory Coast international ational friendlies in June.
The major talking point was the snub of in form Hearts of Oak midfielder Ibrahim Salifu who has 7 man of the match awards, 6 assists and 2 goals in the Ghana Premier League this season.
Nonetheless, there is one other exclusion in the Black Stars squad that we are not talking about and that is Medeama striker Prince Opku Agyemang.
Opoku was recalled from his loan spell at South African side Cape Town City and made his debut on February 24.
Since his return, no other player has more goals than the left-footed striker.
Perhaps scoring goals in the league doesn’t warrant a call up. But when talking of a proper goal scorer in the country, then is Opoku Agyemang, he has 7 goals in 9 games.
He has scored more goals than any of the strikers called up for the Black Stars within that period.
To the Ghana U23, the social media rants led to amendment in the squad, ridiculous huh? Yeah that’s how it sounds.
Initially coach Paa Kwesi Fabin named 27 players for the upcoming international friendly against Japan.
The latest news is that three players have earned a late call up namely, Ibrahim Salifu (Hearts of Oak), Moro Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko), Isaac Baidu( Karela United).
Now the question is how did Paa Kwesi suddenly realized these three merit a call up? We have a long way to go.
Back to the omitted players that should have been in U-23 squad over some players who mysteriously made the list.
Fabin might have made late additions but this obviously shows he did a lazy work.
A genuine call up based on merit should have Ashanti Gold’s David Sandan Abagna and Francis Andy Kumi of Asante Kotoko in it.
Because you have read till this point and might want to know what the numbers are with these three, let’s get into it.
Starting with Abagna, the former Wa All Stars( now Legon Cities) man has 8 goals, 4 assists alongside 4 man-of-the-match awards. If really it’s base on merit then Abagna should have been first on the list.
To Andy Kumi, he is 21-years, joined Asante Kotoko from tier 2 side Unistar Academy to replace the club’s talisman Kwame Poku who secured a deal to Algerian side USM Alger.
Kumi scored 7 goals in 8 games for Unistar before joining Kotoko midway through the season.
Currently he has three goals for the Porcupines in about five games which he started only one.
In conclusion, unless the National Teams are platforms to project certain players of certain agency/agencies; every performing player deserve a chance to wear the national colours.