By Ameenu Shardow
The Ghana FA will be meeting the Black Stars returnees to address their concerns raised when quitting the national team revealing they want to assuage the fears of the players.
Four key players of the national team, who had previously left the Black Stars for various reasons, made themselves available for the country again this week.
Kevin Prince-Boateng wrote on Wednesday to confirm his decision of making a u-turn on his international retirement while Sulley Muntari apologised over a strop.
Andre and Jordan Ayew also confirmed their return to the Black Stars on Friday, making themselves available for selection into the national team.
All Ghanaian players are now available for Black Stars selection with the exception of Michael Essien.
The various issues raised by these players (excluding Muntari) in their communication to the GFA when leaving the Black Stars however remain regardless of their decision to stage their returns.
Andre Ayew claimed he had some issues with the some members of the team’s management committee while his younger brother and Marseille team-mate Jordan Ayew also wants assurances of a regular Black Stars call up on the back of impressive displays for his club.
Kevin-Prince Boateng on the other hand said playing for both club and country was having an adverse toll on his health.
These issues remain outstanding despite their decisions to return and the GFA will be looking to address these issues conclusively when the players are invited for future Black Stars assignments.
“Someone like Andre claimed he an issue with some of the management members,” GFA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie-Daara told Accra-based Montie FM.
“So we look to sit down with him to listen to his concerns. Perhaps this could be an issue of perception and we look into it to assure him so that he can feel confident and secured in playing for the Black Stars.
“Jordan also raised the issue of getting a regular place and he didn’t say this in bad faith. So we will speak to him and demonstrate to him in a manner that will assure him that the coach makes his selection in the best interest of the team and the country.”
The four returnees could be invited to rejoin the Black Stars in the squad to first face Zambia in a crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier and then an international friendly against Japan early next month.
Coach Akwasi Appiah is expected to name his squad next week to begin the final phase of preparations towards these games.