The idea that players who recently committed to playing for Ghana did so because of the World Cup has been refuted by Chris Hughton, who is the technical advisor of the Black Stars.
Six players, five of whom were foreign-born, made the decision to join the Black Stars, the Ghana Football Association revealed in June.
Inaki Williams, Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer, Stephan Ambrosius, and Patric Pfeiffer, along with Premier League players Mohammed Salisu and Tariq Lamptey, have all indicated that they are available to play for the Black Stars.
Although some Ghanaians applauded the news, others denounced it and referred to the players as opportunists with the idea that the World Cup influenced the players’ decision to play for Ghana.
But, Hughton has thrown his support behind the players while dismissing that idea.
“The nation wants us to have the best squad. They want us to have the best opportunity to do well in the world cup and to do well in the world cup, we need the best squad,” he said in an interview with TV3.
“Anybody that has now shown an allegiance to represent the Black Stars, it’s not just about tomorrow, it’s about next year, the year after and the year after going into the future. Anybody that is committing is not just committing to the world cup, they are committing to the future.”
Ghana will play Brazil and Nicaragua during this international break.