Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah: It was a difficult decision to drop six players

The man on the touchline named his final 24-man squad for a double-header against Lesotho and Zambia next month, but has indicated that those who were left out still have a chance
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has given assurance to six players who were dropped in his maiden selection since his appointment, revealing that all is not over for them.

He said it was a tough call for him, but at the end of the day decisions have to be made.

The affected six players are Wa All Stars goalkeeper Robert Dabuo, defender Masawudu Alhassan of Genoa and Rashid Sumaila of Ghana Premier League side Ebusua Dwarfs.

The rest are Solomon Asante, who was dropped over eligibility reasons since he is alleged to have featured for Burkina Faso in a previous tournament, Servette’s Ishmael Yartey and the leading goal scorer of the domestic top flight, Emmanuel Baffour.

Coach Appiah praised the six players for their performance and commitment during the six-day training session.

“I want to thank all my players, especially the six who are not part of the final team for their performance and dedication during our training sessions,” Appiah said on the Ghana FA website.

“It was a difficult decision to take because all the players did very well in training but the squad has to be named.

“I want to assure the six players that the doors of the national team are still open for them. They should continue to work hard as they could be considered in future,” he added.