The deputy manager of the Black Stars, George Boateng has advised the lpcal-based players on how to fight for a playing time in the senior national soccer team.
Players playing in the domestic league have struggled to earn a playing time and always sit back as bench warmers whenever they are invited into the Black Stars.
Philemon Baffour, Ibrahim Danlad and Gladson Awako have to secure considerable minutes despite repeated call-ups to the team.
Hearts of Oak forward, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, is the latest and only home-based player to have been included in Ghana’s 29-man squad for Brazil and Nicaragua friendlies.
“We are always considering local players and we always say to the local players, if you come to the Black stars, think that you are also good enough to be there,” Boateng told Joy Sports
“I can understand these boys [home-based players] watch those players [Kudus, Partey, Djiku] on TV and then all of a sudden, you end up in the same dressing room as them.”
“You have to try your best. Give your best because you are not here [Black Stars] to make up numbers,” the former U-23 Aston Villa coach added.
The Black Stars have lined up two friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua.
The game against the Brazilian national team will be played on September 23rd in France before the game against Nicaragua in Spain ahead of the World Cup.