Head Coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah has defended his position on the continuous snub of the Ayew brothers in his recent call-ups, but says it is without any unkindness.
The 57 year old has not included the duo since they excused themselves out of the Black Stars to face Congo in Brazaville in the World Cup qualifiers in October after holding them to a goalless draw in the first leg in Kuamsi.
Jordan Ayew didn’t join the squad citing illness with Andre Ayew backing out due to an injury he sustained.
Meanwhile, Appiah insists regardless of whom he calls into the team, they ill be some criticisms and affirmations so he calls the right people at the right time for him.
“Whomever I call, people will complain so that is something I am used to,” Appiah mentioned to KwesèESPN. “There are so many players doing very well and there is no way I can call up everyone.
“The most important thing is that I need to make the right calls with what is ultimately good for this team as the major guide, and not allow what people complain about to influence it. If I am to bother about that then I will be calling up about 100 players.”
The Black Stars however failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer. But Coach Kwesi Appiah’s main target is to win the AFCON in 2019 and has stated he will continue with his rebuilding process contrary to reports that he has shuttered the doors on new call ups.
“I have not said that I won’t invite new players from next year,” he adds. “What I have kept saying is that I will stop the bulk invitations per match, and limit it to one or two who are outstanding at club level.
“Whether you are building a team or have one in place, there is no way you can shut the door completely on new players, but it is also true that as a coach you need a core group you work with and the plan is to get that as quickly as possible next year.”