Ex Ghana and Bayern Munich defender Samuel Osei Kuffour has stated that Ghana do not have enough quality players to compete for the African best player award.
The 2001 BBC African player of the year spoke to the media after the unveiling of nominees ceremony at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra, the former Bayern Munich star said he was not surprised no Ghanaian made the final three for the 2017 CAF Awards.
Abedi Ayew won the award for the third successive time in 1993, his son Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Michael Essien have all ome close to winning the accolade.
Ibrahim Sunday and Abdul Razak have all won the prestigious award earlier in the 1970s.
Sammy Kuffour, who lost the African Footballer of the Year Award to Nwankwo Kanu and El Hadji Diouf in 1999 and 2001, says Ghana football needs an upgrade that will affect the production of quality players.
“These days the performances of our players are not up to the standard, so I am not surprised. As a country we need to upgrade to a higher level in terms of football.
“We need to sit up and find the best way to get the likes of the Abedi Peles, Tony Yeboahs, Michael Essiens and the Sammy Kuffuors you use to know,” he told Starr Sports.
Kuffour, therefore challenged the Ghana Football Association to sit up and put up plans to improve the local game so that Ghana can re-produce the stars again.