5 players with Black Stars points to prove
The Black Stars of Ghana get back into international action with a double header in France against Senegal and Mali on the 28th and 31st of March respectively.
Allsports.com.gh takes a look at five players for whom this should be more than an international date.
Fatau Dauda (Ashgold)
The Ashgold goalkeeper has lost,regained and lost his status as the team's first choice goaltender over the course of two years .A combination of poor form and poor career choices have landed him in such a situation but the experienced goalkeeper is enjoying a small renaissance at club level these days and will be keen to show Avram Grant that he is still the man for the starting job that he has lost to Mirandes' Razak Braimah. There is a feeling the goalkeeping position is still up in the air and a good showing against a good Senegal and Mali side will be the first step to reclaiming his job.
Seidu Salifu (Club Africain)
Questions have been raised about the need to call another central midfielder when it is the most loaded position in the team with seasoned internationals like Wakaso,Agyemang Badu,Afriyie Acquah and Rabiu Mohammed. A closer look at that position reveals that there is a lot of inconsistency in performance as was proven with changes in that position during the AFCON by Grant. It is clear he is looking at an option that can offer him destructive and offensive advantages in a single package and Salifu certainly fits the bill. An unsung hero of the 2013 U-20 World Cup,he has blossomed into a reliable performer in the Tunisian top flight and will look at staking a claim for future competitive games.
Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Atalanta)
Fate seems to have interceded for the young Atalanta forward after his international chances dried up in the past two years .His days as the long awaited successor to Asamoah Gyan seems gone but Paris presents him an opportunity to remind Grant and Ghana that he still has what it takes to contribute to the national team. With injuries or knocks to Mahatma and Assifuah,it is likely he will get more than enough game time to make a statement. He cannot afford a poor outing.
The Leicester City man has two tasks during this friendly;convince fans he is committed to the national cause after suggestions he exaggerated his injury to stay away from the AFCON and more importantly find a place for himself in the team. Baba Rahman's injury means he is likely to start at left back but is that where his place lies within the Black Stars? It is certain Grant will test him defensively and offensively in both games before he makes up his mind about him.
Emmanuel Agyeman Badu
The Udinese man seems like the odd man out these days inspite of his experience and will need to showcase the best of his tactical discipline to convince Grant he is worth further call ups with so much talent coming through in his position. Badu's engine is among the envy of the team but his limited range of passing and diminished goal threat means his value is at an all-time low.