Gyimah sheds light on Ghana predicament

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The 25-year-old is disturbed by his inability to play more games for the Black Stars, despite a run of call-ups

Ghana defender Edwin Gyimah is worried about his lack of playing opportunities at the national outfit.

Despite being a constant feature in Ghana squads since 2014, the centre-back has not more than 10 appearances to his name.

He failed to get a minute at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, and his situation was not any different at the recent Afcon in Gabon.

"As long as it is the national team, in a way it operates like a club so if certain players are maintained it may be for a particular reason [consistency]," Gyimah told Starr FM.

"What I can say is that, I work so hard. For any call-up, when I get to camp, I work so hard. 

"Sometimes, people don’t know how I play or have never watched me play, and they [Ghanaians] are entitled to form their opinions about me."

Gyimah, who parted ways with South African club Orlando Pirates on Thursday, made his international debut in 2012.

He added: "Sometimes, I also get worried [not playing].

"To be honest, I even feel guilty but at the end of the day, what will you do? You can’t do anything but rather stay focused on improving your game.

"It hits me and I wish to get to play just as any player who is invited to the team does. But the regulars are my close friends who I went to the same school with – [Mubarak] Wakaso, Jona [Jonathan Mensah] and others, so I give them the respect. 

"The decision comes more from the coach on who he decides to play."

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Gyimah's constant call-ups have been heavily criticized by local media.

Outgoing Ghana coach Avram Grant, however, maintains the defender has the desired qualities to be part of his set-up, despite ignoring him in team selections.

 

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