GFA technical director Lippert speaks on inconsistencies in player selection

Published on: 04 May 2021

GFA technical director Bernard Lippert, acknowledges that Black Stars' management has been inconsistent in player selection decisions, but he believes the situation is necessary.

Bernard Lippert took over as technical director in October of last year, succeeding Francis Oti Akenteng.

“[My time with the Black Stars] is honestly too short to judge everything now after just five months. We are still in the process of selection,” Lippert told Citi Sports.

"We have a lot of players, I think more than 50, and it’s time to finish the selection process and concentrate on a squad of 25 to 30 players and really prepare them tactically and in group tactics to make the team really strong,"

“We played almost every match with a different squad and this, in my opinion, was maybe a little bit too many changes because we changed too often," he added.

"But at the end of the day, it was also necessary to find out the best players. We have a new coaching staff so we also will love to get used to them and find a final squad.”

However before the AFCON, the Black Stars must first clear 2022 World Cup qualifications, with their first set of two games scheduled against Ethiopia and South Africa next month.

"From now onwards, it’s not going to be about trials again. We’re not going to be picking players from somewhere unless there’s something dramatic, for which we’ll need to do that," Akonnor said after Ghana's last match, a 3-1 home win over Sao Tome and Principe in the Afcon 2022 qualifiers in March.

"The chunk of players that we have, I think it’s fair to say that we can work hard with them and try to change the attitude of the team, have a better philosophy and move forward.” he ended.