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Kotoko legend Malik Jabir wants Hearts of Oak’s Michael Ampadu included in Black Stars squad for Mali, CAR games

Asante Kotoko legend Malik Jabir has called for the inclusion on home-based players particularly Hearts of Oak defender Michael Ampadu in the Black Stars squad ahead of the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Ghana will face Mali on June 6 at 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.

The Black Stars inflicted a 1-0 win over Madagascar before succumbing to a narrow defeat to Comoros. They are currently fourth on the table in Group I.

Speaking to Kessben FM monitored by Footballghana.com, Malik Jabir advocated for the inclusion of local players especially Michael Ampadu, who he thinks has impressed in the Ghanaian top-flight despite Hearts of Oak struggles.

“Hearts of Oak’s right-back Michael Ampadu is a good defender. He is physically strong and for me, these are the players you promote as a coach. Such player needs to be given the chance to try. We shouldn’t think about the clubs they belongs to. Just look at how tough the players is and give those players the chance” he said.

Meanwhile, Ghana coach Otto Addo will announce his squad on Wednesday for the crucial games scheduled for next month.

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