Wakaso feels misunderstood on Kwesi Appiah comments

Mubarak Wakaso - Ghana and Espanyol
The Ghana midfielder, who has been ignored for national duty, says his utterances were not to criticize the coach's selection

Ghana international Mubarak Wakaso says his recent remarks about Kwesi Appiah's 30-man squad for the upcoming triple-header of games were taken out of context.

In a radio interview on Thursday, the Granada midfielder was quoted as questioning his snub from the team following the squad announcement.

“I never blasted Kwesi Appiah and will never do that,” Wakaso told Citi FM.

“In fact he is the man who gave me the opportunity at the national team.

“The journalist asked me if I was snubbed because of Granada’s relegation and I said I don’t think so because the coach has not called me to say that.

“I went on to say that I wished the team well and knowing very well that they will do a good job there.

“Only to wake up to see all those quotes attributed to me.”

Wakaso was handed his Ghana debut by Kwesi Appiah in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi in 2012.

In the said interview, Wakaso told Silver FM: "He [Appiah] has invited some players, who are warming the bench in their team, but I have been enjoying consistent football at my club, yet I couldn’t get a call-up into the team.

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“I understand he has called some players on why they were not invited into the team, but I haven’t received any phone call from Kwesi Appiah."

The Black Stars are currently preparing for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on June 11, after which they play Mexico and the USA in international friendlies on June 28 and July 1 respectively.