Ghana striker threatens to ditch Black Stars over lack of call-ups

Ghana striker threatens to ditch Black Stars over lack of call-ups
Latif Blessing of Ghana

by Nick Said

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019. 10:00

Ghana forward Latif Blessing has again expressed his dismay at being overlooked for national team duty, despite strong form for Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer this season.

The 22-year-old has featured in every game for his side this season as they hold a commanding 15-point lead in the Western Conference table, and has been one of the stand-out performers in the division.

But he is yet to play for the Black Stars despite being included in their provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, and is getting frustrated at his lack of opportunities and admits he may switch allegiances to the United States.

“Not getting a call-up is a difficult thing to deal with and sometimes, I feel disappointed,” he said on his club’s website.

“I know that I am playing well but the invitations are not coming through. People in Ghana have been asking why I have not been playing for the national team but then, I am waiting for that invitation. I believe that there are better times ahead.

“If Ghana is not ready to give me a call-up, I will play for another country that wants me.

“I need to move forward as a player. If the United States give me a call-up, I will say yes to it.

“I am working on getting my passport and documentation that will allow me to stay here and play.”

Blessing joined US second-tier side Sporting Kansas City from Liberty Professionals in his homeland in 2017 and the following year joined Los Angeles FC, where he has been a regular ever since.

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