Grant urged to give local players a quota

JrdnKUMASI Asante Kotoko midfielder, Jordan Opoku has insisted that local players must be handed a certain quota in the senior national team of the four-time African champions under new coach Grant

Opoku believes the lack of local players in the current Black Stars makes Ghana’s local league unattractive.

He noted that the practice must stop under new coach Avram Grant because it kills talent and people’s interest to even watch the domestic top-flight.

“It is every player’s wish to play for the Ghana national team so it is disheartening that the local players are always overlooked by the leaders because they think we’re not good enough,” Opoku told Kumasi-based Otec FM.

e local players must have a quota in the team and it must be enforced by authorities so that they can enrich the local games with their experiences they will gain on the international stage. If you are a local player and you are not unhappy about the negligence by previous coaches then I believe you’re not a good player.”

He added: “I’m always frustrated with the actions of the football leaders because I can see I’m doing my best but it always go unnoticed which is very bad, let’s hope it changes under the new directorate.”

Opoku helped Asante Kotoko to clinch their first ever double last season and he is expected to help the Kumasi-based club with his vast experience in next season’s Caf Champions League.

In another development, Germany-based Ghanaian striker Razak Iddrisu has begun the paperwork for his nationality switch after forwarding documents to the Ghana Football Association.

The son of ex-Ghana youth striker Abu Iddrisu want to play his international football for Ghana after representing Germany U16 national team.

He was born in Tema before moving to Germany at a very tender age.

Iddrisu, 18, plays Wolfsburg and penned down as one of the promising prospects.

“We have forwarded both his German and Ghanaian passports as well as a letter he has written stating that he wants to play for Ghana to the Ghana Football Association,” the player’s spokesperson Edmund Okai Gyimah confirmed to Goal.

“It is left with a letter from the German FA which will be in by the close of the week and we will also forward it to the GFA to be sent to FIFA in the coming weeks so that the nationality switch can begin.”

Iddrisu could be available to play for Ghana’s U20 at the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal and the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup if the Black Satellites qualify.

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