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.