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Blame Ghanaians for players’ refusal to play for Black Stars – JE Sarpong

Veteran Ghanaian coach JE Sarpong has apportioned blame on Ghanaians for players’ refusal to play for the Black Stars.

His comment comes after Greece-based defender Baba Rahman rejected an invite from Ghana coach Otto Addo for the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifying games against Mali and Central Africa Republic.

The former Chelsea defender opted out of the Black Stars team for the 2023 AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast early this year and has since not featured for the national team.

“At a point, we were singing Baba Rahman praises but we were the same people who booed at him and demanded his exclusion from the team”

“He is on top form now just like Andre Ayew but intimidation from Ghanaian is preventing him from accepting call up”

“Journalists should also be blamed because they over hype some players and push down others. Ghanaians are to be blamed for players’ refusal to play for the Black Stars. We discourage players and we are the reason why our players don’t perform”

Ghana will face Mali on June 6 at Stade 26 Mars in Bamako before hosting Central Africa Republic at the Baba Yara Stadium on June 10.

The West Africa powerhouse will be aiming to secure maximum in both games after a sloppy start to the qualifiers last year.

Ghana commenced the qualifiers with a win and defeat. They inflicted a 1-0 win over Madagascar before succumbing to a narrow defeat to Comoros. Currently, Ghana are 4th in Group I ahead of the third and fourth games.

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