- Kwesi Appiah has angrily stated he owes no one explanation with respect to his call-ups
- The national team coach was criticized for dropping some key players for AFCON qualifier against Kenya
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has replied critics over his call-ups into the senior national team, stressing that he owes no one an explanation.
Appiah, was heavily criticized recently over his decision to drop Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew and Jordan for the AFCON qualifier against Kenya.
The Black Stars went on to lose the game 1-0, and many pointed fingers at the absence of the players as the cause of the defeat. But Appiah disagrees and believes every player he calls deserves a place in his team.
“I hear some of my colleagues all the time saying I need to explain my call-ups. Ghana has got thousands of players,” he told Ghanaweb.
“There are so many players on my data, so much so that I can sit here and call about five different teams. And that is excluding the local based players.
“There are so many players, so if I’m going to explain why a player is not playing every time we have a match, how can I explain that?
“I believe that if I should even explain, then it should be to fellow technical people who will understand.”
The Black Stars’ next game is a 2019 AFCON qualifying doubleheader against Sierra Leone in October.
The 58-year-old gaffer is in his second spell as the Black Stars coach.
He was the first indigenous coach to qualify Ghana to the World Cup which was held in Brazil in 2014.
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