Appiah explains little show for locals against Ethiopia

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The Black Stars coach sheds light on why only one of seven invited home-based players took to the pitch against the Walias

Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah says his invitation of home-based players for last week's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia was mainly to give them first team exposure.

Seven locally-based men were surprisingly named in Appiah's 30-man squad for the game.

In the end, however, only goalkeeper Richard Ofori of Wa All Stars got a run in the 5-0 win at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

“My idea was to introduce them to the team for the first time to give them exposure and build their confidence, so they can fit into the team anytime they are given the chance," Appiah told Graphic Sports.

“All along, my ambition has been to build a strong team with a wide range of players to choose from and I was impressed with what I saw.

“I want to leave something that I can be remembered for behind, so we are going to continue with the exercise.”

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Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan and Aduana Stars duo Joseph Addo and Daniel Darkwah were among the local men in the squad, alongside Nicholas Opoku of Berekum Chelsea.

Samuel Sarfo of Liberty Professionals and Hearts of Oak's Winful Cobbinah completed the batch. 


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