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Osei Palmer: Past GFA leadership never influenced Black Stars call-ups

A former Executive Committee member, Wilfred Kwaku Osei “Palmer” says the Ghana Football Association (GFA) never had an influence on any national team selection during their time.

The experienced football administrator says people in authority allowed technical teams to work without suppressing their powers.

This comes in the wake of recent cries of foul in Black Stars squad selection by many claiming some players made the team not based on merit.

Palmer says he distrusts there is any form of influence or unfairness in national team squad selection currently.

Speaking to Nhyira FM, the club President for Tema Youth says there can be calls for justification but no imposition was done.

“Selection in any sense is discriminatory. When one player is selected, another will not be selected.

“Coaches are only called to rationalize decisions made so if it is deemed that player A must play ahead of player B, and there are issues, I can tell you we take the national interest first.

“It never happened during my time so I have to respect my other colleagues who are currently in leadership that they have no hand in the selection process.

“Every player who is playing at any level with quality must be captured,” Palmer, who also served as Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee, said.

Ghana completed their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification in fine style with a 3-1 home triumph over Sao Tome and Principe in their last game on Sunday.

The Black Stars will be in Cameroon next year for the challenge to be the best in Africa gaining 13 points in Group C, one better than second-placed Sudan.

Ghana will be seeking a fifth Africa Cup of Nations trophy after failing to win the title since winning in 1982.



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