Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko continues to be overlooked for Black Stars call-up despite his commanding displays for Turkish side Eski?ehirspor.
The 25-year-old has been consistent and towering at the back for the Turkish Super Lig club since joining them in 2012.
His continues snub is given credence to reports in the Ghanaian media that the former Heart of Lions man is being unfairly punished for a mistake he made during Ghana’s group opener against DR Congo at the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The centre, back making his Nations Cup debut for the Black Stars brought down Dieurmerci Mbokani inside the box for a penalty which resulted in the equalizer as the match ended 2-2.
The Turkey-based defender has since been overlooked for call-ups into the team due, prompting speculations he’s being punished for that singular mistake which cost the West African heavyweight the maximum points against Congo.
With the Black Stars currently facing defensive crisis, calls for the return of certain players into the team has grown incessant.
The defensive pair of John Boye and Jonathan Mensah has been a source of concern to many Ghanaian fans with Mensah especially being a bundle of nerves during recent 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Mensah’s vulnerability at the back was manifested again during Tuesday’s international friendly against Japan as his partnership with John Boye proved disastrous in their 3-1 defeat in the Kirin Challenge Cup in Yokohama.
Ex-Ghana international Joe Addo has been clamouring for the return of ‘intelligent’ defender John Mensah ahead of the crucial World Cup play-offs in October and November.
There others who also believe Akaminko could be used as a replacement for the ‘nervy’ Jonathan Mensah ahead of the must win two-legged ties to ensure qualification to the country’s third successive World Cup appearance.