By Patrick Akoto
Goalkeeper Daniel Agyei was among a notable absentee in Ghana’s squad to face Malawi in the first leg of the qualifiers to the 2013 African Cup of Nations.
The position of the former number two man has been overtaken by in-form Berekum Chelsea goalkeeper Ernest Sowah and Ashanigold’s Fatawu Dauda for the crucial game in September.
The 22-year-old former youth international was also surprisingly overlooked for the international friendly against China.
The Liberty Professionals man must work his sucks off to fight to recapture his position which has become increasinghly competitive with head coach Kwesi Appiah determined to work with only players who are in top shape.
Agyei was in goal when Ghana made history by becoming the first African team to win the elusive FIFA U20 World Cup in 2009.
He is a penalty kick stopper, agile and widely seen as the future for Ghana.
He has been heavily linked with a move to Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko, a move which he believes will give him the platform to stage a huge comeback to the national team.
The winner of the two-legged tie will qualify to the 2013 African Cup of Nations to be held in South Africa.