Following failure to win the AFCON 2017, the Black Stars coach Avram Grant was replaced by Kwasi Appiah who has introduced new players into the team and says that it was part of his succession plan for the Stars for the next 10 years.
According to this plan the selection would always be based on performance and therefore there won’t be any sort of permanent place for anyone other than those who give their best. This warning to the established players has created a renewed competition in the team where even the local players including Winful Cobinna has been fighting for a place in Sunday’s starting line-up.
On Sunday, the Stars play host to the Walias of Ethiopia in the Cameroon 2019 AFCON qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday (kick-off at 3pm). The coach says, “I have told them (players) that there is no automatic place for anyone, and there is no special place for a player. The Black Stars is for Ghanaian players anywhere on the continent; and once one is able to justify himself, he would have a place in the squad.’’
The quiet yet affable coach has promised to present a new Stars on Sunday whose hunger for success would be showcased. The gaming style of the players has demonstrated the anger and aggression over the last 3days during the training session in Kumasi ties into the coach’s new philosophy and tactics.
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