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Fix the local league, stop haunting for players from diaspora – Mahala

Fix the local league, stop haunting for players from diaspora - Mahala

Former Asante Kotoko forward, Kwadwo Poku Mahala has kicked against the haunt for players from the diaspora for the Black Stars, urging leaders to revive the local football to produce talent for the national teams.

This comes following calls for Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah to switch nationality and play for Ghana despite making his senior appearance for England during the last international break.

It was former Communication Director of the Ghana Football Association, Sannie Diara who described Eddie Nketiah as the replacement for Asamoah Gyan after netting his first hat-trick for Arsenal against Sheffield United last weekend.

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Ever since Asamoah Gyan was excluded from the Black Stars in 2019, Ghana has been struggling with goal-scoring despite the arrival of Athletic Club forward Inaki Williams who is yet to score for the West African country since switching nationality in 2022.

And with calls for Eddie Nketiah to switch nationality growing, Kwadwo Poku Mahala believes the chase for players from the diaspora should be halted and focus on reviving the local football to produce more talent to feed the national teams.

“Even if we go for Lionel Messi to come and play for Black Stars, it won’t change anything. (Won’t win anything) We like already-made too much. Let’s build our own well and stop this attitude of today there is this player here there is this player there so we should go for him”, he told Kessben FM.

“Let’s build a good foundation, let’s make our own well. Let’s make the Ghana league well and we will get a whole lot of good players here. Local players are invited today, tomorrow they are excluded. We must be content with what we have and stop chasing players from abroad. So can’t we get a player from the pool of Ghanaian clubs who is better than Nketiah, he is playing for Arsenal and so what ”

“We should fix the problems in the national team and stop haunting for diaspora players because it will not help us. Nketiah maybe scoring because of the players around him at Arsenal but our case is different. Inaki Williams is scoring at Bilbao but he is struggling with Ghana”, he added…

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