Local players are disadvantaged in selection into Ghana U20 team says management chief Winfred Osei

Ghana U20 management committee chief Winfred Osei says locally-based players are at a disadvantage by default for selection into the Back Satellites for the African Youth Championships.

Ghana has been drawn in a very competitive group for next year’s finals to be staged in Senegal.

The Black Satellites will be coming up against South Africa, Zambia and Mali who have seen a huge leap of improvement in their youth development systems in recent years.

Coach Sellas Tetteh must thus assemble a team of high quality players to ensure they make the expected impact at next year’s finals.

But the management committee chairman of the side says local players will have it difficult getting call ups as against foreign-based players due to the lack of competition occasioned by the delay in the start of the football season in Ghana due to litigation.

“Every local player as at now is disadvantaged because of the delay in the start of the Premier League,” Winfred Osei told Happy FM.

“We will therefore be looking towards players who are very active in Europe.

“We will be looking at players who are playing regularly for their clubs and the ones who have been making impacts at their clubs.

“The coaches will undertake this exercise and present their list to the management for further deliberations.”

The Black Satellites is most noted for showcasing talented locally-based players during tournaments for transfer to various clubs in Europe.

Big name Ghanaian players such as Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, John Mensah, Andre Ayew, Rabiu Mohammed, Jonathan Mensah and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu all rose to prominence following their involvement in the Ghana U20 team during international tournaments.

Credit: ghanasoccernet