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‘I know they’re watching me’ – Lalas Abubakar on earning Black Stars call up

US-based Ghanaian footballer, Lalas Abubakar has expressed optimism about earning his debut call up to feature for the Ghana Black Stars.

Following an impressive showing on-loan at the Columbus Crew, the defender was earmarked for a debut Black Stars appearance after being subject of interest by former Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah in 2017.

Lalas Abubakar told MLSsoccer.

“I always believe if you keep playing well, working hard, it’s going to come,”

“I know they’re watching me. In 2018, they told me I was in their data pool and when my time comes, they’ll call me.
“If I continue to play well, I think I’m going to get a call-up.”

He maintained that he made a good case for a callup during a visit by Ex-Ghana coach, Kwesi Appiah.

“He came at the right time and I had my opportunity to show him what I am capable of. I wanted to show him what I got by simply doing well.

I thought I played really well in that game, so hopefully, I have made my case for a call-up.”

Before joining Colorado Rapids on a permanent deal last November, the 25-year-old had formed a remarkable pairing with Jonathan Mensah at Crew.

He spoke about his relationship with the Ghanaian international.

“When I got traded, he was the first person I called”

“Jonathan is my big brother. I can’t tell you how much I love that guy, man.”

“He’s someone I grew up watching. I told him that when we met in Columbus. I told him he was my mentor before I even met him, then we had a great relationship. We’re still in touch. I’ll always see him as my big brother.” Abubakar said.

Lalas Abubakar had featured for all two opening games of the Major League Soccer (MLS) before the suspension of the league due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

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About Richard Korley

Sports writer/ blogger, formerly a presenter with Volta Premier FM, Ho. A sports fan by default with numerous articles across various sporting disciplines in Ghana. Reach me via Call/ Text 0542 838 805 or email: korley_nene@yahoo.com.

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