Ex-Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng slams Ghana FA over unfair treatment of Felix Afena Gyan

Published on: 31 March 2023

Former Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng has taken a swipe at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Ghanaians at large over an unfair treatment to Felix Afena-Gyan.

The Cremonese attacker has been criticized by some Ghanaian football fanatic after turning down Black Meteors invitation to play in the 2023 U-23 AFCON qualifiers against Algeria.

But in an interview, the former Getafe midfielder has jumped to the defense of the Ghanaian youngster as he believes he was not treated fairly.

Afena-Gyan played a huge role in the Black Stars qualification to the World Cup 2022 but was snubbed in the final 26-man squad for the tournament in Qatar.

"I really think Ghanaians haven't been fair to that boy so right now that he has turned down an invitation, I support it. Football now is not about going to the field and performing a lot of things adds up that people don't care about and only blame players that they don't perform," Derek Boateng stated.

"Football is about the brain so if you don't have a sound mindset you can never perform. In our two matches against Nigeria, he was our best player. He was the player that was fighting four Nigerian defenders because we were playing one top. He did everything possible, we qualified for the World Cup and they didn't invite him and now they want him for under 23 and his management said he is not ready," he stated.