Deputy Black Stars coach, Maxwell Konadu has called for patience following the invitation of a limited number of local players into the senior national team.
Head coach, Milovan Rajevac names his 28-man squad for Ghana’s last two Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa this month.
Four players from Ghana’s top flight namely goalkeeper Richard Attah of Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko central defender, Ismail Abdul Ganiu and Dreams FC duo of Philemon Baffour and Abdul Fatawu Issahaku made the cut.
Conspicuously missing from the squad is Hearts of Oak’s performing stars, Salifu Ibrahim, Fatawu Mohammed and a couple of other quality local players which has left many fuming over their absence.
Maxwell Konadu who doubles as head coach of Ghana Premier League club, Legon Cities FC believes Milovan Rajevac will monitor the domestic league and select the appropriate players in the future.
“We just started our league and coach is here watching every game every week.
“So let’s be patient with coach, at the right time you will see them [local players] coming up.” Maxwell Konadu said.
Ghana have a date against Ethiopia on Thursday, November 11 before completing the qualifiers against South Africa on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Cape Coast stadium.
The Black are second in Group G with 9 points – just one behind leaders, South Africa and are facing a must win in both matches to make it to the next stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Below is the 28 man squad for Ghana’s last two qualifiers.
Goalkeepers: Joseph Wollacott (Swindon Town), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St.Gallen), Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak)
Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading FC), Philemon Baffour (Dreams FC), Baba Abdul Rahman (Reading FC), Gideon Mensah (Girondins Bordeaux), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew), Ismail Abdul Ganiyu (Asante Kotoko)
Midfielders: Baba Idrissu (Real Mallorca), Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen F.C), Edmund Addo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Daniel Kofi Kyere (FC St. Pauli)
Wingers: Andre Ayew (Al Sadd), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Kamal Deen Sulemana (Rennes), Samuel Owusu (Al Fayha)
Strikers: Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem), Benjamin Tetteh (Yeni Malatyaspor), Felix Afena Gyan (AS Roma), Caleb Ekuban (Genoa)