Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor on why Baba Rahman deserves a call-up
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Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor on why Baba Rahman deserves a call-up

Ghana national team head coach Charles Akonnor has revealed why he has handed Chelsea-owned left-back Baba Rahman a call-up ahead of next month's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan.

Rahman spent a season-long loan deal at Spanish side Real Mallorca but his time was cut short after battling persistent injury woes.

Akonnor, speaking to the Ghana FA, he said that he believes in the 26-year-old and affirmed that he deserves to have his moment in the national team.

"Baba Rahman was once a regular player here; due to injury, he was taken out. Now he is back, he is fit, he is playing very well with his team. Unfortunately, he has not had the chance to play in the first team."

"But he has had a couple of friendly matches since August, September and even recently 24th October, which he played against Liverpool’s second team.

"And these matches, he has played 90 minutes, some are 90 minutes, a lot of 90 minutes and of course 70 minutes.

"So, we have taken a lot of consideration, looking at the fact that we have a little bit of weakness within that area, the full-backs so I thought it necessary to bring him to compete with Gideon on that side." 

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