New Black Stars head coach, C.K. Akonnor, has stated that he is open to giving opportunities to all Ghanaian players in Europe if they will add value to the team.
Following his appointment this month, Akonnor has flown to Europe to scout and monitor players ahead of a busy 2020 calendar year that will see Ghana playing in the AFCON 2021 and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Akonnor added that he would keep an eye on the Ghana Premier League and choose players who would show promise and the ability to meet the demands of playing for the Black Stars.
“I think we have to dig deep and look all over for Europe who have had the chance to play for Ghana and those who have not had the chance to do so.
We have about 15 names of players who are playing at different levels and it is important to talk to them and gauge their interests in playing for Ghana.
I believe it is time we slowly changed the face of the team in terms of energy and pace. I look forward to getting some of these young, dynamic and energetic players.
In terms of players based in Ghana, there is a setup of four scouts who will watch the league and so, once we are interested in a player, we will watch for a period of about four or five matches and see his performance.
We have put together a lot of things to help bring out good talent from the Ghana Premier League.”
Akonnor’s first assignment with the Black Stars will be in March when the AFCON 2021 qualifiers resume. Ghana recorded victories over South Africa and Sao Tome in the first two matches in the series.