John Paintsil calls for change in Black Stars call-ups

Published on: 28 September 2020

Former Ghana international, John Paintsil has raised concerns about national team call-ups and is of the view the technical handlers of the team must adopt a new approach in handing call-ups.

The Black Stars trainer, Charles Kwabla Akonnor last week named a 23-man squad for the friendly match against Mali in Antalya, Turkey.

Akonnor is set to be in the dugout for the first time since his appointment of the coach for the national team.

Meanwhile, a chunk of Ghanaians sharing their thought about Akonnor’s latest call-up could not understand why most of the senior of players including Mubarak Wakaso, John Boye and others were drop.

Reacting to Wakaso’s omission from the squad, the former Fulham defender advocated for changes in national team call-ups.

“For me, I think there's something we need to change a little with regards to our national call-ups. When the head coach is naming his squad there has to be a press conference so that the media can get the opportunity to ask why certain players are missing and report to the public the way it was discussed at the press” he told Hello FM in Kumasi.

“Wakaso is a key player in the team so there is no way the coach will not speak to him before releasing the list. With the experience I have, I know that the two of them have talked about it and Wakaso has agreed to reasons why he is not in the team because he is not injured. The coach knows he's performing as well”

“Unless he's not in the plans of the coach or the coach wants to look at new players since it's a friendly match because Wakaso is a senior player”

“There are some matches the coaches give respect to certain players by telling them they want to try different players at their positions so that in case they are not around they will quickly fit in”

“I think they might have discussed something like these that is why he's not in the team”