Wakaso speaks on Ghana return and poor disciplinary record

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The midfielder sheds light on his national team ambitions and his tendency to draw bookings in games

New Deportivo Alaves acquisition Mubarak Wakaso hopes his move to the Spanish side will help his ambitions of making a return to Ghana's national set-up.

The 26-year-old, who completed a three-year transfer to the La Liga outfit on Tuesday, was a conspicuous absentee in coach Kwesi Appiah's first squad following his reappointment as coach of the Black Stars in May.

In Wakaso's absence, Ghana thrashed Ethiopia 5-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, before losing 1-0 and 2-1 to Mexico and the USA respectively in friendlies.

"I definitely still want to play for the Black Stars," Wakaso told KweseESPN.

"But if I don't have a club and doing well, there will be no Black Stars for me. 

"I need to focus on settling here [Alaves] first and do well."

A major criticism of Wakaso's game has been his tendency to get into the books of referees.

Rather worrying, the midfielder has picked up 86 yellow cards and six red cards over the last nine years at club level, owing to his combative style of play.

"I am not worried and shouldn't be worried," he said, when asked about his disciplinary record.

"The nature of my game is chiefly responsible for that, which means sometimes I get tackles wrong.

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"I am not happy to have it of course and I am doing something about it, but I can't let that consume me because then it will unduly affect my game."

With Alaves, Wakaso has joined his 10th club in the last decade.

 

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