By El-Amisty Nobo
Black Stars coach – C.K Akonnor has explained the reason[s] behind his invitation to Black Stars long absentee – Baba Abdul-Rahman in his latest call up ahead of Ghana’s AFCON 2021 qualifying match against Sudan.
According to the coach, the 26-year-old defender who has not been involved in active football for the greater parts of 2020 due to injuries deserves a place in his team because of the players past record with the Black Stars.
“Baba Rahman was once a regular player here; due to injury he was taken out. Now he is back, he is fit, he is playing very well with his team. Unfortunately, he has not had the chance to play in the first team,” C.K Akonnor GFA news.
“But he has had a couple of friendly matches since August, September and even recently 24th October, which he played against Liverpool’s second team. And these matches, he has played 90 minutes, some are 90 minutes, a lot of 90 minutes and of course 70 minutes.
“So, we have taken a lot of consideration, looking at the fact that we have a little bit of weakness within that area, the full backs so I thought it necessary to bring him to compete with Gideon on that side,” he added.
Abdul-Rahman , who began his football career at Dreams FC was one of the prospects for the Black Stars, but the talented left back’s career took a downward trend in 2015 when he signed for Chelsea.
His inability to command a first team place has seen him been loaned to four clubs in the process. In fact, Baba Abdul-Rahman has not played more than 30 matches [at club level] in the last four years.