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There is no way you can deliver with the kind of pressure from this partial selection

Ghanaians are confused as to how they can manage their way to talk to the newly appounted coach on his qualification line ups. Just to let him know that the local league also carry a lot of prospects and should be given a keen look at the teams that are nurturing good players like Patrick Razak, Diawisie Taylor,Kwame Peprah. The opportunity has not been giving to the for the media and the populace supporting the team give their idea of the coaches call ups. Black Stars are playing as a guest to the Bafana Bafana today in a crucial Group C encounter of the qualifiers to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament. Ahead of kick-off at 16:00GMT, Ghana coach CK Akonnor has named a strong first eleven for the encounter. Razak Abalora will be the goalkeeper for the match against South Africa with Nicholas Opoku and Ismail Ganiu named as the centre-back. New call-ups Kwame Poku and Emmanuel Gyasi have all been handed their debuts and will play in the attack of the Black Stars.

One of the items on the African Football HQ agenda this week was Ghana’s decision to call-up Colchester United midfielder Kwame Poku. The youngster—currently plying his trade in the English fourth division—has become a lightning rod among Ghana fans and media in the aftermath of his call-up. As discussed by Malek Shafei and Ed Dove this week, it’s been an absolute mess.


The 19-year-old’s call-up was maligned in the Ghanaian media, with pressmen questioning why the Black Stars were inviting a player plying his trade in League One. Amidst the backlash, Poku appeared to have been axed from the squad, instead being relegated to the Black Stars B team for a friendly away against Uzbekistan. Debutants Kwame Opoku, Emmanuel Gyasi and Ismail Ganiyu are starting for the Black Stars in the penultimate AFCON qualifier at the FNB stadium. Goalkeeper Razak Abalora stays between the sticks in the absence of deputy captain Richard Ofori. Nicholas Opoku and Benson Annang join Baba Rahman and Ismail Ganiyu in defence. The midfield will be bossed by experienced duo Mubarak Wakaso and Afriyie Acquah with Kwame Opoku and Kudus Mohammed playing behind forwards Emmanuel Gyasi and Caleb Ekuban. The Black Stars of Ghana will be battling out with the senior national team of South Africa in the cagey encounter at the FNB Stadium this afternoon.


The rapport between C.K Akonnor and Kotoko has been very mutual but as to Hearts of Oak and Ashantigold remains questionable. The coach has know way given chances to the upcoming players in the big clubs but has establish some good contact with the Kotoko family. A lot of agitation went on him before calling three hearts of oak players. How can the best player and captain of the black satellite be ignored for the best player of the tournament. It seems uncultured when such incidents keeps happening before the coach becomes conscious of himself. Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora has been handed the slot to be in the sticks for the team as his teammate Abdul Ganiyu earn a starting berth. Spezia Calcio talismanic forward Emmanuel Gyasi and Kwame Opoku who recently joined Algerian giants USM Alger from Asante Kotoko have been handed a starting berth by CK Akonnor.

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