Grant wrong for local players snub – Akenteng

The technical director of the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenteng, claims Black Stars coach Avram Grant has run out of excuses to ignore home-based players for national call-ups.

Grant, who recently returned to the country from leave, was in attendance at the Tema Sports Stadium on Sunday as Inter Allies and Dreams FC produced an exciting four-goal thriller in a 2-2 stalemate.

Akenteng argues that the current impressive performance in the domestic league proves Grant wrong for neglecting the competition.

“I can tell you he [Grant] witnessed a very good game of two tactically disciplined sides,” Akenteng was quoted as saying by footy-Ghana.

“I was very happy he was present at the games because he can’t say we don’t have quality in the league. The game was standard and matches up to European standards. It lived up to expectation.

“In this regard, even if he fails to include a local player in the Black Stars call-ups now, he will later consider good performers he spotted, and ask his assistance to keep a close monitoring of such players. His presence even motivated the players to increase their output.

“I also understand it was included in the contract signed with the GFA that he ought to be present at our league games. This is football. It’s not only the Black Stars that is football, so once he’s not on leave, there’s always duty for him to perform.”

Grant, in the coming days, is expected to name Ghana’s squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header with Mozambique later this month.

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