Abedi wants more local players in Black Stars

Former Ghana captain Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ has called for the inclusion of more home-based players in the Black Stars.

This comes a week after coach Avram Grant named three local players, Fatau Dauda, Richard Ofori and Samuel Tetteh in a 23-man squad to take on Comoros over two legs in the second round of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers on November 13 and 17.

“We all played for local clubs before moving to Europe so these [home-based] guys should be given some opportunities as well,” Abedi told Starr FM.

In a related development, the technical director of the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenten, has lauded Tetteh’s call-up, adding that the inclusion of the WAFA winger is an indication of Grant’s interest in the local topflight.

“We should continue to believe that Grant is monitoring the league and [assistant coach] Maxwell Konadu’s appointment as head of the local Black Stars team has not been in vain,” Akenten said.

“Everybody is elated, especially myself, for the inclusion of Tetteh in the squad. If he is given the opportunity to be in the starting eleven, he will be able to prove his worth.

“We’re also praying that at the end of the day, everything will go well for the team. The boy [Tetteh], I strongly believe, if given the chance, will be able to fulfil the expectations that Ghanaians are yearning for.”

The Black Stars are expected to open camp for the upcoming double-header on Monday in Accra.