No local player will get call up if were Black Stars coach – Rev. Osei Kofi

Published on: 04 March 2020

Ex-Ghana international Rev. Osei Kofi has said that he wouldn’t have handed call up to players plying their trade in the country if he were the coach of the Black Stars.

Black Stars coach C.K Akonnor on Tuesday named his 23-man squad for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers slated for March 27, 2020.

Announcing his squad, he handed call ups to four local players which included; Richard Attah (Heart of Oak), Kwadwo Amoako (Ashantigold), Habib Mohammed (Kotoko) and Yahaya Mohammed (Aduana Stars) following their outstanding performances in the Ghana Premier League.

The veteran footballer in an interview revealed that, he wouldn’t have invited any local player if he were the head coach of the national team.

“I will not invite any local player for the qualifiers if I were the coach because the league that toughens players that travel outside started not long ago, but if the league gets it shape, I think Akonnor will get one of the best teams in the country” he said.

“Egypt have won most of the African Cup of Nations due to the dependence on local players. I’m sure the national team will change in the next two years if the local league continue to develop” he added.