Ghana’s U20 head coach Dreams FC, Karim Ziko says Dreams FC right-back Philemon Baffour receives Black Stars call-up based on merit and not by favoritism.
The Dreams assistant coach has justified the constant inclusion of his player Philemon Baffour into the Black Stars stating that the performance of the player displayed in the U20 championship played in Mauritania and the league justifies his place in the team.
“Some Ghanaians are full of negativity because a player plays for Kurt Okraku’s team, he doesn’t deserve a call-up even if the player is good”, He told Akoma FM in an interview.
According to him, Baffour only gets Ghana call-up because he deserves and bot because he plays for the team which belongs to the Ghana Football Association president, Kurt Edwin Okraku.
“Kurt, I will tell you, does nothing aside from football administrations as compared to other Club owners who do other businesses together with football.”
“Philemon Baffour is a player who has played the U20 and played it well and won the tournament, he played all the matches. When Milo came, I didn’t make a recommendation for him but he watched the videos of that tournament and felt the boy is good. As to why he is not playing when called, that is meant for the coach to answer.”
“There was a time exco member Dr. Randy Abby talked about him and said he’s a good player and wasn’t happy CK benched him in one of the BS games because he ( Randy) was with us throughout the tournament and saw the boy capabilities.” He ended.
The youngster has been with the Stars for a long while now though he has never played a single game which has raised concerns among Ghanaian football fans.
He has been included in the 28-man squad named by Serbian tactician Milovan Rajevac for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa this month.