Coach Kwesi Appiah reveals decision to snub local players in Black Stars selection

Published on: 19 December 2018

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed the reason for his consistent lack of call-ups for locally based players in any of the team's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, attributing it to the lack of competitive football in the country.

Football in the country has been halted following the premiering of the investigative documentary in June by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas on corruption in Ghan football.

The piece caught several top Ghana Football Association officials and referees taking a bribe to influence matches.

The former Ghana international, who's last national team call-up did not feature any of the locally based players disclosed that there is no competition in the country hence his decision to exclude the home-based players.

“There is no competition going on in the country so what do you base on to call the local players?” he quizzed on Tuesday.

“It is difficult to call them once there is no league ongoing” he added.

Meanwhile, a special competition has been confirmed to begin in January by the Normalisation Committee.

This will mark the return of local competitive action for the first time after a six-month break.