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AFCON 2021 qualifiers: CK Akonnor urges new players to seize Black Stars opportunity

By Vincent Ashitey
CK Akonnor
CK Akonnor

Newly-appointed deputy coach for the Black Stars, Charles Kwablan Akonnor is urging the new players called up for Ghana's doubleheader for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers to seize the opportunity to pave way for other players.

Head coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah has invited seven new players as part of his 23-man squad for the upcoming AFCON 2021 qualifiers against South Africa and  São Tomé and Príncipe on November 14 and 18 respectively.

The newly invited players include Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu, Real Mallorca midfielder Iddrisu Baba, Germany-based Christopher Antwi-Adjei, as well as TP Mazembe star, Jorric Jibril.

Others are 2019 WAFU Nations Cup best player and Ashgold skipper, Shafiu Mumuni, Azam FC goalkeeper Razak Abalora and Christopher Antwi-Adjei of German Bundesliga side, SC Paderborn.

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According to the former Asante Kotoko trainer, the seven debutants should prove to Ghanaians why Kwesi Appiah called them.

“They should know that if they do well, they would be head…this time round we have a lot of players both in Ghana and abroad and they should seize this opportunity to give their all in order to repose the confidence the coach had in them before inviting them,” Akonnor told Graphic Sports.

“It is an opportunity for them to come and look at the environment, some of them have never had the opportunity to be in the team before so it’s always good for them to come and test their strength and fight for a place in the team.” 

The Black Stars are expected to begin training in Cape Coast from Monday 11 November 2019 with the team expected to hold one training session a day.

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