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Appiah denies interference in player selection at Black Stars

17-06-2006: VM Tjekkiet - Ghana - Jubel hos Ghanas anfører Stephen Appiah. (Photo by Lars Ronbog/FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has denied allegations of interference in player selection during his time with the senior national team.

According to the legendary Ghana skipper, players invited to the Black Stars earned the right to be there.

“Luckily in my time I never experienced that,” he told TV3.  “The coaches called players based on form,” he added.

“If you are playing well of course you would get a callup.”

In April, GFA president Kurt Okraku boldly stated that call-ups to the Black Stars are not done by only one person, implying the coach is not solely responsible for the players he invites.

Appiah who also worked as the coordinator of the Black Stars under former coach Kwesi Appiah insists he has no idea if influencing player selection happens these days.

“We have to know is that even if the best players are called up there will still be people that will be pointing out that certain players should be called up.

“I have never experienced the interference and now that I am away from this team I don’t know what is going on there,” he stated in an interview with TV3.