Ghana Football Association president Kurt Okraku has jumped to the defence of Dreams FC player Philemon Baffour amid criticism over his consistent Black Stars call-up.
Baffour was part of the Ghana U-20 team that emerged winners at the African Youth Championship in Mauritania last year.
He was part of Ghana’s 28-man squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon but never kicked a ball kicked a ball despite Andrew Yiadom’s poor performance.
Baffour’s inclusion has been constantly linked to his association to Dreams FC – a Ghanaian Premier League side which is owned by the FA president.
Despite his constant bench warming at the Black Stars, Kurt Okraku has rejected the claims and insists he deserves a chance just like any Ghanaian.
“I think you are being unfair to Philimon Baffour. The young man is a Ghanaian just like every other person. He deserves the opportunity. He is the vice-captain of Dreams FC. He is a U20 champion,” Kurt Okraku Asempa FM’s Benedict Kwadwo Mensah.
Ghana were eliminated from the group stage for the first time since 2006 after a disastrous AFCON campaign.
Ghana came last and ranked bottom in the group after losing 3-2 to tiny debutants Comoros in Doula on Tuesday night after defeat to Morocco and a draw against Gabon.