The family of Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu has issued a press statement to clarify recent developments surrounding the player’s Black Stars no-show.
Media reports on Tuesday July 29, quoted Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor as saying the player doesn’t seem interested in representing the senior national football side after attempts to reach him proved unsuccessful.
Salisu per records was invited to join the Black Stars ahead of their clash with South Africa and Sao Tome but he eventually failed to show up.
Subsequent efforts to reach out to him according to C.K. Akonnor have proved futile; with this giving most Ghanaians the impression that he was not interested in playing for the Black Stars.
However his family in a press statement has clarified situations while also indicating the player’s willingness to join the Black Stars whenever such an opportunity presents itself in the future.
Below is the Press statement on Salisu Mohammed’s absence from national duties:
“The family of Abdul Karim Salisu Mohammed wish to correct and clarify news gaining momentum in some media circles which seems to suggest that our son has rejected the opportunity to play for the senior national team, the Black Stars.”
“We further wish to state unequivocally that our son is a proud Ghanaian and very ready to represent Ghana at every level and time. He is so much enthused to be associated with the Black Stars since it has been his dream to play for Ghana at the highest level.”
“However, we have received media reports on the contrary and it is really disturbing that journalists failed to ascertain the truth of his absence from national duties.”
“Salisu was indeed invited to play for the South Africa and São Tomé games for the African Cup qualification but he was slightly injured then. He did not want to represent his beloved country with a hidden injury.”
“Again, Salisu availed himself for call ups into the junior national teams but he got those invitations at an unfavorable time of his career in Spain.
“It is our wish that in subsequent matches of the Black Stars, our son will be available and represent the country.”
“We hope this statement will put to rest the numerous media conjectures and unproductive rumors which is geared at creating dissatisfaction by Ghanaians against our son. Salisu Mohammed is committed to the course of helping Ghana win an African Cup and qualification to the World Cup once again.”
Family of Abdul Karim Salisu Mohammed.