Abdul Fatawu vows to bounce back stronger after being dropped from Black Stars final squad

Published on: 11 June 2019

Kumasi Asante Kotoko forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu has vowed to work harder to merit another call-up into the Black Stars team in the future after missing out on the final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

The player was part of a provisional 29-man squad that went for camping in Dubai at the beginning of this month. After spending one week with team and playing part in the team’s friendly match with Namibia over the weekend, Safiu could not make the final cut and is expected to join Kotoko as they prepare for their super clash against Hearts on June 16.

Speaking on his axing from the team, Abdul Fatawu Safiu shared that he is disappointed with himself because he could have worked a bit harder at the training camp.

Nonetheless, he insists all is not lost and he is going to fight and return to the national team for subsequent assignments.

“First of all, I am disappointed with myself. I should have worked hard maybe I will say that," he said after the final squad was named”.

“I will say big thanks to the coach and everyone for inviting me to the national team because we have a lot of players out there and I was able to make it to the 29. I am grateful and I am not going to give up”.

“I have to go home and work hard, maybe next time I will get a call up and I am not giving up. It's not over yet because I have to still fight and come back strong. I believe in myself that I will come back stronger”, the attacker said in an interview.

Ghana is set to continue their training tour in Dubai before making their way to Egypt on June 20 for the AFCON tournament.