Emmanuel Clottey's omission should not demoralise local players - Sannie Daara

The spokesperson of the Ghana FA believes the prolific striker could have still been in contention for the Caf award if he had won any trophy
The communications director of the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, has said he is disappointed Esperance striker Emmanuel Clottey was not among the final three shortlisted for the best local player on the continent award.

However, he said that should not demoralise local players, especially those in Ghana despite Clottey’s exploits in the Caf Champions League.

"I am very disappointed that he did not make the final three, but that should not discourage our local boys, he did his best but it was not enough,” Sannie told Goal.com Ghana during the GLO-CAF press conference in Accra to unveil the finalists.

“Looking at those in the final three, Mohammed Aboutreika won the Champions League with Nadi Al Ahly, and Stopila Sunzu and Rainford Kalaba of TP Mazembe also won the 2012 Afcon with Zambia.”

Daara added: “Clottey would have been there if he had won at least one major trophy on the continent, being in the top five alone should serve us a morale booster to our boys.”

The Ghanaian hitman, who netted 13 goals in the 2011-2012 Caf Champions League with Berekum Chelsea, was among the initial five players selected for the best local player on the continent, but failed to make it to the final three.