Yeboah: Akonnor never said I'm not Ghana material

Yeboah: Akonnor never said I'm not Ghana material
Yaw Yeboah of Ghana

by Helder Ribiero

Monday May 04, 2020. 13:00

Ghana international Yaw Yeboah has explained the reason why he is not part of the Black Stars squad.

The 23-year-old winger was quoted saying that the new Ghana coach C.K Akonnor told him that he was “not ready” for the senior national team.

This was ahead of Ghana’s squad announcement for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against Sudan two months ago.

“I need to clarify things; people got me wrong. I never said Coach C.K. Akonnor did not see me as Black Stars material,” Yeboah told Daily Graphic.

“What I meant was that in that particular call-up for the Sudan game, he did not see me to be ready for it. Coach Akonnor has never told me I am not Black Stars material.”

Yeboah, who is on the books of Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo, played for Ghana at the 2015 Fifa U20 World Cup finals and captained his country at the Under 23 AFCON finals.

“The senior national team is the dream of everyone but everything lies on the coach; he chooses players who are ready for every game,” the Right to Dream Academy product said.

“CK Akonnor is a great coach and he is like a father to me. He coached me during my formative years at Right to Dream and he knows me so well. When the time is due, he will call me.”

Yeboah has been a regular for Celta’s reserve team in the Spanish Segunda Division having made 20 appearances and scored five goals.

The former Manchester City player made his senior debut with the Black Stars in a friendly 1-0 loss to Namibia on the 9th of June 2019.

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