Aduana Stars talisman, Yahaya Mohammed has advised that the transition of youth players, [U-20] into the senior national team must be properly managed.
The best transition from a youth set up into a senior national team Ghana has had in the last decade will be 2009 FIFA World U-20 winning squad, where close to 10 players played for the Black Stars.
Ever since, Ghana has struggled to transition quality youth players into the Black Stars.
The current Black Stars managed by Charles Akonnor has goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim and forward, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku of the 2021 AFCON winning squad.
Issahaku and Danlad were adjudged best player and goalkeeper respectively at the youth tournament in Mauritania.
Yahaya Mohammed however wants a careful management and proper transition plan for youth players.
“We must be careful how we hype our youth [U-20] players.
“The pressure at the U-17 is different from that of the U-20 likewise the pressure at the Black Stars.
“The highest pressure from the national teams is with the Black Stars.
“So if you get to the [Black Stars] and you don’t make it, you will no longer be entertained, you have to go for somebody to come.
“Maybe the youth [U-20] player has played at Youth Tournaments and won laurels, that doesn’t make him an automatic Black Stars material.
“We have to manage the player [transition from U-20 to Black Stars], as a country we have to do that.
“Look at how Vinicius Junior [Brazil and Real Madrid] and Ansu Fati [Spain and Barcelona] are being managed.
“Their countries know that they are the future so we have to take our young players to tournaments to observe in order for them to learn and contain the pressure.” Yahaya Mohammed told Goodnews fm.
Ghana will play Ivory Coast in a second friendly at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday and it is likely Danlad Ibrahim and Issahaku will make their debut.