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AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: CK Akonnor on Salisu, Kevin Prince Boateng, and other Black Stars absentees

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Head coach of the Black Stars, Charles Akonnor on Tuesday made his maiden Ghana squad since his appointment in January.

The squad since it’s release has generated a lot of conversation over the absence of some players believed to have been overlooked by the former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko coach.

Surprisingly absent from the list was Real Valladolid defender, Mohammed Salisu who has been a top performer in the Spanish La Liga, featuring in all games by the White and Violets in this season.

He had reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.

Charles Akonnor on Tuesday briefed the media at the press conference.

“With Salisu, I tried to get into contact with him, that didn’t work”

“The last time we played South Africa he was invited, he didn’t come. I’m still in contact with him trying to find out his reasons.”

On some regular players that were absent, Charles Akonnor indicated that they remain part of his plans as their time will come.

“John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Harrison and the rest, I respect them. I have been a player before and I know what they’ve done for this country. If the need be for them is to come into the team, they will. I don’t want to change things too much from the squad that played the last time, this is my first.

“Others like Amartey, they are all important. Their time will come”

He further spoke on Inter Milan’s Kwadwo Asamoah, Kevin Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan.

“With Kwadwo, he was injured. He just got back on his feet and hopefully, he will start playing and stay without injury. He’s an important player but all these guys, sometimes, it’s important that they show the interest of coming to play. He’s part of the plan but I want to give him the chance to get fit, then we’ll invite him.”

“The last time I checked, Asamoah Gyan hasn’t retired. He still remains the general captain. I consider him part of the team. With Kevin-Prince Boateng, we spoke. He wants to come but I don’t think so. I don’t think he wants to come and play.”

Ghana will play Sudan on March 27 before travelling to Omdurman for the reverse fixture.

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