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Exclusion of local players does not speak well of GPL- Bismark Kobi-Mensah

Great Olympics Bismark KobiMensah has reacted to the exclusion of local players in the latest Black Stars squad.

No home-based player was selected in Chris Hughton’s maiden 25-man squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola.

The decision has divided opinions and the Black Galaxies assistant coach believes it does not bode well for the Ghana Premier League.

“For now, it does not speak well of our league. There should be a plan and a policy,” he told Kumasi-based Pure FM.

“You cannot name Black Stars squad without a local player. It does not speak well of our league. It does not encourage the local players.

“I don’t where this is done but the trust is, it is not right and this does not speak well of our brand.

“There should be a policy that if you invite local players, they have to be encouraged. When we went to the CHAN tournament, the team did not do well but we also saw the Black Stars at the World Cup in Qatar.

“Disappointment will always be there but it does not take away the qualities of these players. There should be a policy if not, these players will always want to play outside the country because once you play outside the country, you will be recognized,” he added.

Ghana are set to host the Palancras Negras at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on March 23 before traveling to Luanda for the reverse fixture four days later days.


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