After four years in the wilderness and several hints of his imminent return, Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah has finally set his comeback date to national duty for September.
Having regained full fitness ahead of last year's Africa Cup of Nations, he surprisingly turned down a call-up, opting to focus on his club career.
“Honestly speaking, I will come back to the national team,” Asamoah told Citi Sports.
“Although I’ve been speaking I will come back to the national team for a year or two, I was always looking for the right time.
“I always talk to the coach and even the previous coaches that we had, I was talking to all of them about coming back to the national team.
“I spoke to coach Kwesi [Appiah] about a month ago – getting to the end of the season. He called me for these recent friendly games [against Japan and Iceland] but unfortunately, I told him I had some personal issues that I will like to fix before joining the Black Stars.
"I pleaded with him and he also understood because this is the moment that I needed to sort issues out since the season is over. And these games were just friendlies.
“For the national team, it’s not like I’ve quitt. I’m telling you I will be with the national team very soon. Yeah, I will be back [in September for the Afcon qualifiers] and beyond."
After the recent double-header of friendlies, Ghana return to action in September, when they face Kenya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Asamoah has represented Ghana at six tournaments comprising four Afcon events and two World Cup gatherings.