Akonnor defends Salisu Mohammed, Frank Acheampong and Justice Blay snub

Black Stars head coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has defended his decision to exclude Justice Blay (Asante Kotoko), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin Teda) and Salisu Mohammed (Real Valladolid) in his maiden squad ahead of this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games with Sudan.

The trio were surprisingly left out of the 23-man squad which was announced on Tuesday despite their impressive form for their various clubs.

The Black Stars are seeking to maintain their 100% record in Group C when they host Sudan at Cape Coast Stadium on March 27 before traveling to Omdurman for the reverse fixture three days later.

“With Salisu, I tried to get in contact with him but that didn’t work out. The last time we played South Africa he was invited, he didn’t come. I’m still in contact with him trying to find out the reasons” Akonnor explained to reporters.

“With Acheampong, we’ve had a bit of discussion about him and he’s also in the data[base] where we have over 40 players. We have to also understand we can’t invite everybody and these are key guys which we will look to them and invite them” he added.

“Of course, [Justice] Blay was sick; he just came back. In the last match [for Kotoko], I saw him. He was good and his time will come” he concluded.

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