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Akonnor: Ghana still ‘unsuccessful’ with Mohammed Salisu


Ghana coach CK Akonnor has disclosed the Football Affiliation (GFA) have continue to not been equipped to win more than former Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu to enjoy for the Black Stars.

The 21-calendar year-outdated, who is on the verge of joining English side Southampton, caught awareness with a sequence of outstanding performances in the Spanish La Liga last period, reportedly attracting interest from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid.

Ghana’s national group management quickly moved to hand him an international possibility but the centre-back again turned down his to start with get in touch with-up final November and has continue to not made himself accessible for countrywide duty for the Black Stars.

Charles Akonnor was appointed Black Stars mentor in January

“Yes, we’ve tried out to access out to him [Salisu Mohammed] but we’ve been unsuccessful,” Akonnor has informed Angel Tv.

After Salisu introduced his breakthrough with fine performances in La Liga past time, then Ghana mentor James Kwasi Appiah handed the centre-again a first call-up for a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying double-header against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in November.

The Valladolid male, even so, pulled out of the video games, citing an damage as his cause.

In March this yr, new Ghana mentor Akonnor shockingly still left Salisu out of a 23-gentleman roster for an Afcon qualifying clash with Sudan, revealing he had been unsuccessful in generating get hold of with the participant.

The revelation produced controversy as lots of questioned the player’s patriotism while some others speculated a attainable intercontinental long term with Spain as the cause driving his perceived lack of fascination.

“With Salisu, I tried to get into get hold of with him, that did not work,” Akonnor explained at March’s press briefing after announcing his 1st-ever squad as Ghana coach.

“The past time we performed South Africa [and Sao Tome and Principe] he was invited [but] he did not occur. I’m continue to in get hold of with him making an attempt to obtain out his good reasons.”

Salisu only left Ghana in 2017, joining Valladolid from the African Talent Soccer Academy.

He created 13 league appearances for the Spanish side’s B Crew in his first year, and doubled the selection of outings in 2018-19.

He was drafted into the initial team very last year and he did not disappoint as he played 31 instances in La Liga, commencing 30 of the online games, scoring at the time and providing one aid. 

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