Coach Kwasi Appiah excluded Norway-based goalkeeper, Adam Kwarasey, from the Black Stars squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Uganda and Togo because of comments he made in the aftermath of the teamís 2014 World Cup campaign.
In separate interviews after the World Cup, Kwarasey was critical of Coach Kwasi Appiahís decision to drop him to the bench in favour of Fatawu Dauda after Ghanaís opening group game against USA, with the shot-stopper questioning the competence of the teamís goalkeepersí trainer, Nasamu Yakubu.
Coach Appiah and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) deemed the goalieís comments as not helpful to the cause of the team, adding that his immediate return to the team could cause a rift in the squad because he questioned why certain players were called.
ďRegarding Adam Kwarasey, his comments after the World Cup have not been helpful. It was a comment that questioned the competence of the technical team and subsequently even questioned why certain players should be called into the national team,Ē said GFA spokesperson, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, as he gave details of the teamís preparation for this monthís Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Uganda and Togo.
ďIf a statement is made about why a player is called or not, there is a potential that it can cause a rift even in the squad. So, some of these things must be ironed out behind the scenes before he comes back,Ē he explained.
Mr Daara also threw a lifeline to Kwarasey and AC Milanís Michael Essien, who was also excluded from the squad after he refused to warm-up before Ghanaís final World Cup game against Portugal.
ďIt is the opinion of the technical team that if such things happen, the playerís side must be heard and issues cleared up before he comes back to the team.
ďNo Ghanaian player can be excluded from the team permanently. What we are seeking to do is that after we have played these rounds of qualifiers, the coach and the technical team will find an opportunity to engage such players and see what issues they have and if thereís any centre-ground, they will be considered in future.Ē
Source: Daily Graphic
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