President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has stated that places in the national team are not automatic or based on allocation but they are earned by deserving players.
He was speaking at the press conference organised by the GFA on January 2 to make public Avram Grant’s 26-man provisional team ahead of the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
Nyantakyi was reacting to questions from journalists who wanted to know why outfield players from the Ghana Premier League were not in the team.
“The national team is not a district assembly. Neither is it a Parliament where people are chosen on the basis of electoral areas or constituencies.
It is based on merit and every Ghanaian is subject to the same constituency so wherever you play, you have the same opportunity to be selected to the national team.”
Grant also shared his thoughts on the exclusion of outfield players from the local league especially Ghana Premier League top scorer and best player, Latif Blessing, who was called to train with the team.
“Latif was very good as a talent but at the moment, I am not segmenting this team. I was not even happy that when the names were being mentioned here, the players’ clubs were mentioned. I do not care about their clubs. They are football players and they are Ghanaians.
I have always said that three things determine my invitations: quality, desire to play for the national team and for Ghanaians, personality and mentality.
We need to have faith in the local league and believe that one day, a lot of players will prove themselves.”
The Black Stars are currently in Dubai and will be there until January 13 when they fly to Gabon for the 2017 AFCON tournament.
Ghana is in Group D with Egypt, Mali and Uganda.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');