Kwesi Appiah: I don’t have to explain my selection

Kwesi Appiah: I don’t have to explain my selection
Kwesi Appiah

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 18, 2018. 09:00

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has come out firing at his critics, stating that he does not have to justify or explain his squad selections.

The Black Stars mentor has suffered public criticism in the wake of their defeat to Kenya in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier earlier this month.

Appiah left out several senior players and many critics argued that their absence was keenly felt by the national team. The likes of Mubakarak Wakaso and Asamoah Gyan were surprisingly omitted from the squad.

In response, Appiah has argued that selection is his prerogative: “I hear some of my colleagues all the time saying I need to explain my call-ups. Ghana has got thousands of players,” he told Ghanaweb.

“There are so many players on my data, so much so that I can sit here and call about five different teams. And that is excluding the local-based players.

“There are so many players, so if I’m going to explain why a player is not playing every time we have a match, how can I explain that?

“I believe that if I should even explain, then it should be to fellow technical people who will understand.”

Ghana will return to Group F action in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers with a double-header against Sierra Leone next month.

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