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Ghana boss defends big-name recalls

Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah has defended the recalls of the nation’s ‘big-name’ players, despite their poor club form ahead of their crucial 2019 Afcon qualifier against Ethiopia.

Appiah recalled the Ayew brothers Jordan and Andre for the latest squad to face Ethiopia, along with Gyan Asamoah and Kwado Asamoah within their previous two squad selections.

All four of the African side’s superstars were regular absentees over the past 12 months, as Appiah looked towards widening the nation’s talent pool with intentions of building a youthful squad for the future.

However, the recent withdrawal of Inter Milan’s Asamoah led to rumours in local media claiming a feud with the Ayew brothers was behind the sudden decision.

Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu quickly dismissed the notion, citing a legitimate injury report from the Italian giants while stating there’s no bad blood and ‘no fake injuries’, as per Otec FM, via Goal.

And ahead of this weekend’s clash in Addis Abbaba, Appiah explained his change of approach.

“Initially, I didn’t want the country to rely on only a few players,” Appiah told Citizen TV, as per KweseESPN. “I wanted a situation when we can enlarge what we have.

“By doing that you have to allow other players to play so I gave them the chance, but when the going is tough and when you want to finish it off, you come with your best.”

“By doing that you have to allow other players to play so I gave them the chance, but when the going is tough and when you want to finish it off, you come with your best.”

Ghana have taken just three points from their opening two AFCON qualifiers, and find themselves four points behind group leaders Kenya on seven points.

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