CK Akonnor discusses call up situation of defender Salisu and Asamoah Gyan

Published on: 21 August 2021

CK Akonnor has discussed the call up situation of the experienced striker and Southampton defender Salisu.

The Black Stars coach is not ruling out veteran attacker Asamoah Gyan ahead of next year's Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Gyan, who is now playing for Ghana Premier League club Legon Cities, has failed to earn a call-up since Akonnor took over as Black Stars manager in January of last year.

The Legon Cities striker last appearance for Ghana was at the 2019 Afcon, when the four-time winners were eliminated in the Round of 16.

“Asamoah Gyan has made it clear that he wants to. He’s an experienced man and knows what to do for him to get into the team,” Akonnor told reporters on Friday.

“Once he does, he’s a Ghanaian and he’s done a marvellous job in the past. So, we’ve had a bit of discussion, he knows what to do. I’m also watching him closely. And not just him but any other person that has the chance to come.

“The other day, I invited [Frank] Acheampong who is always one of them, who is also out of the team for quite some time but unfortunately there were issues not permitting him to come. So, it is open for everybody.”

On Southampton defender, Mohammed Salisu CK Akonnor stated that he has spoken to one of the people close to the defender and the same statement was reiterated that he is not ready.

“With Salisu, he made that comment [that he’ll inform us of his readiness to play for Ghana when the time comes]. I’m not the one who made it. He said when he’s ready,” the coach said on Friday.

“When a player makes a comment like that, then there should be an issue. Having said that, I’ve had the chance to communicate with one of his people, and the lesson is that we’ll have to wait until he’s ready. And that’s it,” he added.

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