Monday Apr 15, 2019. 09:15
Ghana football legend Ibrahim Sunday has called on Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah to take care with his team selection for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana have been drawn with Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissua in Group F for the AFCON finals in Egypt in June and July, as they go in search of a first senior continental title since 1982.
Sunday, who is a member of the Black Stars management team, played for Ghana at the AFCONs in 1968 and 1970 (finishing as runners-up in both) and also represented the country at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympic Games.
The 74-year-old insists coach Appiah must ensure that he calls up only the most dedicated players for the 2019 AFCON.
"Every qualified team for the AFCON deserves it so we shouldn't underrate any team but must rather have a unique preparation and also select players who are ready to die for the trophy,” Sunday said, as quoted by Football Ghana.
"Hence we must select dedicated, discipline and hard-working players, because every team wants to win the trophy, including the debutants.
"The coach knows the players and knows the character and capabilities of every player. Any Black Stars player who is playing for money doesn't deserve a call up.”