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Ghana striker Prince Tagoe tells out-of-form players to decline national team call ups

Ghana striker Prince Tagoe

Ghana striker Prince Tagoe

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana striker Prince Tagoe wants players to be honest enough to decline national team call ups when it is clear they are not on their best form.

Tagoe’s comments bring into sharp focus the criteria used to select players into the Black Stars.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has not been certain on a single criterion in handing players international call ups.

The Black Stars call ups over the years have been inconsistent with issues raised about the form of some of the players invited for sometimes very vital games.

This fuels the perception of favouritism within the Black Stars set up with some players being chosen even when they don’t play regularly for their clubs.

The usual excuse for handing such players call ups is that ‘they have experience’ which is vital to the success of football teams.

Striker Prince Tagoe is however asking players to be ‘honest’ enough to admit they don’t deserve national team call ups by rejecting invites when they are clearly struggling with their form or risk disgracing themselves.

“At the end of the day – I am being honest here – when you have the playing time the coach can assess you but when you don’t have the playing time a call up will be some way,” Tagoe told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“I have been in it [Black Stars] before and when you don’t have the playing time and you use the back door to come in, it will show.

“So at the end of the day, accept defeat or whatever it is that you don’t have the playing time and if they don’t call you just accept it.

“And then sit back and support the team 100 percent but don’t try to force your way in, you will give the coach problems.

“When the coach calls you be honest and tell the coach ‘please I don’t have the playing time and I can’t do it’.

“Because we want Ghana to bring the World Cup home and therefore people must be honest.”

Brazilian superstar Kaka had once declined a national team call – pleading he had just returned from injury and was yet to regain his form at his club.

This practice is however yet to be seen in Ghanaian players who are eagerly awaiting call ups to the national team especially as the 2014 World Cup approaches.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. keith from germany says:

    Thanks prince of goals for your wise words n honesty.
    U have been there before n u kno what u are talking about.
    If only these players will listen n stay away so that others who are getting regular playing time will get the chance to showcase their talents.
    Guys like olele,pantsil and john mensah have done alot for the stars n we all appreciate it but its time for them to pave way for the young guys.
    AA,worldcup is no joke so there please be serious with your player nominations.
    All the best.

  2. JNR says:

    That’s the most honest you can be but we all know these players are too greedy to be honest with themselves.

    It’s all good saying this but everything lies with Akwasi Appiah, how could he look himself in the mirror when he knows he is not that honest? Everyone knows 40% of the players he calls up are not worthy of call ups but yet they are ALWAYS in the team, so how are we the fans suppose to be supportive when there is surely favouritism in the call ups? I don’t trust the GFA organization nor i trust AA.

  3. benny says:

    @JNR,spot on bruv.It all boils down to AA.I have always find it difficult to understand why Dauda is preferred to Kwaresay.
    AA needs to utilise the opportunity given him.
    Devoid of nepotism,favouratism and corruption ,Ghana can easily get to the finals but because of corruption,AA do not choose the right players available.

  4. kuukuphilly says:

    prince of over the bar!

  5. real sabacious says:

    Word bro! I bet you Akwasi Appiah is digging his own grave and I feel sorry to say this. Instead of looking at the future and realising that, he will ride in gold if he select the right players and manage to qualify from the group stage, he’s rather favouring average players for some reasons best known to him.I respect his position as a coach but most of his call up arent black stars players. Talking about kissi Boateng, Emmanuel clottey, yayah mohammed and the rest. I still don’t get it, he prefers Afful ahead of Baba Rahman and David addy. Sellas tetteh did the same shit by playing Afful ahead of sarpei but we all saw what sarpei did in SA.Trust me if Afful is good enough to play at the highest level, he won’t be still playing in the Tunisia league upon all the platform given to have him both from esperance and Ghana, if all the scouts and clubs in Europe haven’t been showing interest in him for all while, it tells you something that Akwasi Appiah doesn’t know.

  6. leshaq says:

    But who call those players in the first place.

  7. keith from germany says:

    For me baba rahman can easily solve the left back position with ease.
    That guy has been earning rare reviews from all football sections for his sublime performances this season with german second tier Spvgg Greuther Fürth.
    I dont understand why AA never gave him the chance.
    The same thing was with waris when he was ignored by AA for the afcon last year in safa.
    We all knew he would have been a quality addition to the team but AA went on to nominate Mediocre Emmanuel Clottey who couldnt even command a first team place during his six month loan from Accra great olympics to Austrian side Wacker Innsbruck.
    Even during a loan spell in Denmark with Odense Bk who couldnt make the grade.
    He also failed a justify your inclusion with polish top flight Legia Warsaw.
    Even at the dubai club Al-Gharafa, his loan contract has been terminated.
    This shows that our national coaches like mediocre players too much.
    Nepotism and favouritsm will kill africans n thats way too bad.
    Akwesi appiah must wake up becuz i normaly that interfere in the coaches job but most of us here are not blind becuz we all are seeing what is goinh on.
    Europeans will never do this.do u think spain would have won three international titles on a row by omitting their top players?
    Your guess is good as mine

    • Jaja says:

      Do you honestly believe this guy play in german second division is going to stop us against these Bayern Munich attackers like Müller, Götze, Schweinsteiger etc? Potuguese league is tough ooh, Addy is better.

  8. hahha says:

    Hahhahahhaha….

    has this guy himself ever declined an invite?

    Useless player!!!!!

    • Abrantie - In Da House says:

      “I have been in it [Black Stars] before and when you don’t have the playing time and you use the back door to come in, it will show”.

      These are the words of Prince Tagoe himself. I however believe this journalist got the “I have been in it” wrong!! What Tagoe meant was, He has done this before, or he was in the same situation before and not the blackstars in the bracket over there, which the journalist want us to understand!! All Tagoe is saying is that, HE HAS BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION BEFORE, and came through the backdoor, and that didn’t help him, so others should stop doing the same, since it doesn’t help anyone do that.

  9. buga man says:

    I believe this Tagoe boy should have 1st be sincere to himself by rejecting his call-ups into the national team when he was a mere passenger yet he was always included in the national team. It went on until all football loving fans protested vehemently where was his sincerity then? Give us a break, Tagoe.

    • Abrantie - In Da House says:

      “I have been in it [Black Stars] before and when you don’t have the playing time and you use the back door to come in, it will show”.
      These are the words of Prince Tagoe himself. I believe this journalist got the “I have been in it” wrong!! What Tagoe meant was, He has done this before, or he was in the same situation before and not the blackstars in the bracket over there, which the journalist want us to understand!! All Tagoe is saying is that, HE HAS BEEN IN THE SAME SITUATION BEFORE, and came through the backdoor, and that didn’t help him, so others should stop doing the same, since it doesn’t help anyone do that. At least he has now come out with the truth and we should commend him for his coimng out.

  10. A concerned citizen says:

    Tagoe you rather used the back door to come in and you could not find your feet so now don’t cry foul…you are lie bad

  11. keith from germany says:

    Bro jaja without opposibg you r point of view i will like to remind u that baba rahman played last year in the bundesliga with side before they got themselves relegated.
    He had great game against bayern münchen und schalke by marking ribery n jefferson farfan respectively.
    The bundesliga two is not easy as many of u think.
    He nearly left greuther fürth for schalke this season but the president of fùrth Helmut Hack denied him the move.
    Schalke n foirentina were frontrunners to sign.
    Baba has played bundesliga so he his aware of all these bundesliga threats.
    For me the portuguese liga apart from porto,braga benfica and sporting lissboa the rest are not good.
    The bundesliga has had in the past ten years five different champions apart from bayern.
    Portugal is two man league now with porto n benfica lissboa fighting for the
    Title.
    Baba can fill the gap at the left back.give him the chance n u wont regret

  12. Jaja says:

    Bro keith, thanks for your elaboration. Although Í still rate Addy higher because he is currently playing a better league than Baba, Baba Rahman should by all means be in the World Cup squad I agree ahead of many other players like kissi etc. Bundesliga is indeed far far better than the portuguese liga, but the portuguese liga is far far better than the bundesliga II. Baba is good but for me lacks the experience. Indeed he played in the Bundesliga last year but lost to the top sides by a huge number of goals. So I think there is a difference between having Bundesliga experience, and actually stopping their top attackers. But let’s give these lads a chance and see how they will fare.

  13. spellBOUND says:

    hahahaha, decline so they can make room for you??? chale, did you decline any call ups when you were clearly not up to task???? easy there mate.. its not that black and white… for some players, call ups may be a way to reinvent themselves…

  14. 21guns says:

    I don’t think any player should head to what he is saying,the fans will even castigate the so call player who rejects national call