The Ghana Football Association boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has defended Black Stars coach Avram Grant’s decision to name just one locally-based player in his 26-man squad by claiming the national team is not a District Assembly “where players are selected based on their electoral areas.”
Nyantakyi was responding to questions at a press conference to present Avram Grant’s 26-man squad selected for camping in the UAE ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations later this month.
Wa All Stars goalkeeper Richard Ofori is the only Ghana-based player selected for the tournament as Latif Blessing, the reigning best footballer in the Ghana premier league was snubbed.
Asked why there was only one home-based player in the squad, Nyantakyi said, “A national team is not a District Assembly where people are chosen based on electoral areas. I don’t know any country where players are selected based on where they play.”
Grant is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the tournament on Thursday.