Ghana deputy sports minister Joseph Yammin says striker Mahatma Otoo made a wrong career choice when he opted to join Norwegian side Sogndal after a successful season at Hearts last season.
Otoo was unquestionably the Premier League Best Player after scoring 22 goals in all competition last term.
The 22-year-old was instrumental in their second round riveting displays which saw them finish 5th after flirting with relegation during the first half of the season.
But the former Sporting Mirren attacker has failed to find the back of the net since he joined the Norwegian outfit during the summer.
And the tough-talking deputy sports minister Yammin claims his move was ill-timed.
“A player like Mahatma Otoo was our top scorer last year and I think he should not have left the country to play abroad so soon.
“In my view he should have stayed for at least a year.
“But I believe he left because of the state of the league we have here in Ghana so this clearly tells you how much work needs to be done if we want call ups of local players into the senior national team”.
Otoo’s latest call-up into the Black Stars for the World Cup playoffs against Egypt has sharply divided opinions as he has struggled to bang in the goals at his European outfit.