Former Black Stars player Charles Taylor has backed a greater representation of local players in the National team.
Explaining his line of thought, Charles Taylor asserted that, most of the local players at the moment are in top form compared to their colleagues plying their trade overseas. He cited Gladson Awako as a better player than Mubarak Wakasu currently.
“Currently Gladson Awako is better than Wakaso. If we are to go by current form there is no way Gladson Awako must not make the National call up.” He told Angel sports.
With his vast experience in the National team, Charles Taylor sees most of the players as losing their energy as they battle age.
“Most of the players are tired and don’t deserve to play for now.”
He went on to encourage embattled Charles Akonnor to stand firm in decision making. Charles Taylor questioned the rationale behind Black Stars call up, hammering on why the Ghana Premier League goal king was sidelined in matches against Ethiopia and South Africa.
“The coach has to be bold. The Black Stars is no more Ghana Black Stars but individual Black Stars. Goal king from the Ghana Premier League is not called up at all.”
Beyond Charles Taylor, it baffles many as to why the local top scorer will be denied a National team invite whiles the team struggles in getting goals. Against Ethiopia, Mubarak Wakaso, midfielder, registered the lone goal for Ghana, whiles no goal was recorded in South Africa. That alone ridicules and affronts the domestic league.
On the chances of Black Stars making it out of the group, Charles Taylor believes that can be achieved because of the opponents. If ghana were to be grouped with other powerhouses, that could have changed the narrative.
“I have stated that everybody can lead us to qualify. Every coach can lead us to qualify. That one I am sure. But when we meet teams like Cote D’Iviore and other teams that is when we will realize that we don’t have any team.”
Black Stars of Ghana lost the top spot in Group G of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, after losing to Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium, South Africa.
Bafana Bafana sit top with 4 points with Ghana having to follow with 3 points. The quest to make it to the next global tournament continues next month, as the Black Stars play two matches.