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Calling a player from the fourth tier of any league into the Black Stars squad is disrespectful to the stature of the National Team-Gary Al-Smith

Ghanaian sports pundits and Journalists have been left bewildered by Head Coach C.K Akonnor’s decision to hand a call-up into the Black Stars, the nation’s premier football team, to 19-year-old English-born player, Kwame Afriyie Opoku plying his trade in the fourth tier of English football for Colchester United.

They do not understand why, despite the enormous talent we have in the country, C.K would invite a player playing in the fourth tier of English football to play for the Black Stars.

Many have been left wondering if Kwame Afriyie Opoku is really that good to have tempted C.K into inviting him to play for the National Team.

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Gary Al-Smith

Celebrated Ghanaian journalist of international repute with JoySports, Gary Al-Smith thinks that it is disrespectful to the stature of the Black Stars team to call any player from the fourth tier of any league in the world to come and play for the team.

He believes that the National Team belongs to every Ghanaian but the standard should be maintained; to him, handing a player from the fourth tier of any league, unless the player is that extraordinary player-checks on the said player proves he isn’t that extraordinary player-is a dent on the stature of the Black Stars.

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Colchester player, Kwame Afriyie Opoku handed Black Stars call up

Gary added that, just like all interested sports fanatics in the squad for the AfCON qualifies against Sao Tome and South Africa, he waits patiently for C.K to justify the call-ups he handed to the various players, particularly that of Kwame Afriyie Opoku of Colchester in the English fourth tier league.

Gary wrote on Facebook:

The Black Stars belong to every Ghanaian.
But Ghanaian players in the English fourth tier SHOULD NOT be getting Black Stars callups.
Unless the person is Dong Bortey, Yusif Chibsah, Valentine Atem and Sammy Barthez combined.
Is Mr. Colchester that good? YouTube suggests he is normal.
It is so disrespectful to the stature of the team to call a player from the fourth tier in ANY country.
Patiently waiting for CK Akonnor to explain his callups so we hear why Opoku was called.
Gary’s reaction comes a day after the host of Floodlight Sports on Angel Fm, Saddick Adams said that if the Colchester player travels for the qualifiers, he won’t follow the Black Stars team anywhere again.

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