Dr James Kwesi Appiah, the Head Coach of the Senior National Team has revealed that he places emphasis on commitment for selection of players.
Kwesi Appiah gave explanations when he was quizzed by the media for excluding Andre Ayew and his brother, Jordan Ayew from the Black Stars.
“If a player says he’s not well or he is injured and won’t be available for a particular match, it is my job to make sure there is another player available to fill the void,” Appiah said.
“I have never had any problem with anybody. The national team is not for me; it’s for Ghana.
“I keep saying that nobody is bigger than Ghana and I’m looking for players who are committed and ready to kill themselves for the nation,” Appiah concluded.
The sons of legend Abedi Pele have not received call ups to the Black Stars since they opted out of Ghana’s world cup qualifier against Congo last year.
Jordan said he had a stomach upset while Andre said he was injured, as they pair missed Ghana’s return encounter against the Red Devils of Congo after a controversial performance from the duo in the first leg 1-1 draw in Kumasi.
Appiah’s side subsequently won the second leg 5-1 in Brazzaville with Thomas Partey at the thick of affairs.
Afterwards the Ayew brothers have not earned a call up to the team, despite Jordan in particularly, playing a fantastic 2017/2018 season with English Premier League side Swansea where he emerged the club’s top scorer and was voted the Welsh club’s player of the season.
Ghana will face Kenya in a 2019 AFCON qualifier on September 8, 2018.The Black stars opened their qualifying campaign with a 5-0 trouncing of Ethiopia.
They will face Sierra Leone in a double header in October, with the possibility of sealing a place in Cameroon next year.