‘He told me he wasn’t ready to be a reserve’ – Ghana coach Otto Addo on why he snubbed Salis Abdul Samed


Ghana’s head coach Otto Addo says Racing Club de Lens midfielder Salis Abdul Samed wasn’t ready to play a reserve role for Black Stars.

According to the coach, the box-to-box midfielder was not willing to be on the reserve list of the Black Stars team when he handed him a call-up in June for the 2022 Kirin Four Nations Tournament in Japan.

Otto Addo stated that this is the reason he based on to exclude the midfielder from his subsequent squad for the crucial encounter against Brazil and Nicaragua in the Pre-World Cup friendly games ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament.

“Salis Abdul Samed, he played at Clermont Foot with Alidu Seidu, I called the two in May, and we still have a list with players on stand-by to be prepared in the event that players are injured,” Addo said as reported by Africa Football News.

He further stated that: “Alidu Seidu told me that there was no problem with him not being on the reserve list and being ready just in case. But Salis Abdul Samed told me he didn’t want to be on the reserve list. Then we had a lot of injuries in June, so I invited Alidu Seidu but Abdul Samed didn’t want to be a reservist so he wasn’t on the list, I couldn’t invite him.“So he is the one who excludes himself from the list? ” Yes, that’s it.”

Salis is one of the best players in the French Ligue 1 helping his team to go unbeaten in their opening seven games to the season.

With Otto Addo’s explanation and reason not to call the midfielder, Salis Abdul Samed could miss out on the final Ghana squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar later this year.

By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH /Follow the writer @SkipperWrites on Twitter

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