RB Salzburg midfielder Ashimeru not surprised by 2019 Afcon snub

Published on: 17 September 2019

Ghana and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Majeed Ashimeru has revealed he was not surprised by 2019 Africa Cup of Nations snub despite an impressive season at St. Gallen.

He was a key cog for the Swiss club as he made 34 appearances and scored four goals, with eight assists to his credit in all competitions.

“No, it wasn’t shocking or surprising [that I was not called up] because the coach was the one to decide the players he wanted for the nation and I was one of the players he didn’t pick," the 21-year-old told Footballmadeinghana.

"Most of the players selected were doing well in Europe as well so I wasn’t shocked but calm [about it].

"Normally everyone wants to play for the Black Stars and so I was a bit disappointed but that’s okay."

The 21-year-old also spoke about facing Real Madrid and Chelsea during pre-season as he featured for 45 minutes in both games after return to the club from his loan spells at Austria Lustenau, Wolfsberger and lately St. Gallen.

“It was like a dream come true for me," Ashimeru said.

"I mean I always watched Chelsea and Real Madrid play as a child supporting them so it was a dream come true.

"I was determined to show that I can play against the big teams in Europe.

"I was ready and excited for the game and after the game, I got good feedback from people."

The highly-rated youngster is expected to be named in Ghana's squad for the upcoming Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in November.