An Executive Council Member of the Ghana Football Association, Nana Oduro Sarfo, believes the current performances of players in the betPawa Ghana Premier League do not warrant a call-up to the national team.
He was speaking on the back of Chris Hughton’s decision not to call any home-based player in his 25-man squad for the Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola later this month.
Hughton named his first squad since being appointed as the head coach of the senior national team for the doubleheader against Angola.
Not calling any local player has once again raised questions about the league but Oduro Sarfo believes the players called up are currently playing better than the home-based players.
“Most of the players out there [in the squad], some came from the U-23. I have nothing against the selection of players, all I want is Ghana winning the game [against Angola],” he told Joy Sports.
“Black Stars call-ups are based on your performance for a period. If we have so many players in Europe and their performances are good juxtaposed against the local players here, they are a shade ahead of them, what do you want us to do?” he quizzed.
Oduro Sarfo further stated that until a quota of the squad is dedicated to local players, there is nothing than can be done about the callups.
“There is no quota. Until we decide that there should be a quota — maybe 30% should be local players, so be it.”
Ghana will host Angola at the Baba Yara Stadium on March 24 before travelling away for the return leg four days later.
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