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Kwadwo Poku eyes more playing time with Ghana

4:45 PM GMT+8 20/06/2017
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The striker, who was handed an invitation ahead of the Black Stars' friendlies in the USA, is hoping for more game time

Miami FC striker Kwadwo Poku has set sights on breaking into Ghana's first team after he was handed a late call-up by coach Kwesi Appiah.

The 25-year-old was added to the Black Stars squad to face Mexico and USA on June 28 and July 1 respectively in international friendlies, following the withdrawal of the Ayew brothers.

“It is always an honor to wear the national colours. The last time people saw what I could do even though the time I had on the field was not enough but people who watched saw what I could do if given enough chance,” Poku told Ghsoccerus.net.

“I know wearing the national jersey means you have to give your all irrespective of the nature of the competition. I am really looking forward to getting another opportunity to represent Ghana against Mexico and USA. It's not only because the Black Stars are coming to the USA again but, I am also looking at the opportunity to play competitive games like the qualifiers, Africa Cup of Nations and the Fifa World Cup,” he added.

There have been concerns about the quality of Ghanaian players in Major League Soccer but Poku insists they are equally good.

“Back home in Ghana, the mindset about the leagues here is different. You can understand their point because they don’t get access to watch our matches. The leagues here cannot be compared to the Premier League or La Liga but I must state that there are lots of good players and good coaches around the leagues here.

Poku earned his first call-up in October 2015 when Ghana shared the spoils 1-1 with Canada in an international friendly in Washington D.C.

The Black Stars are expected to leave Accra for the USA on Saturday.