11.01.2008 Football News

CK Akonnor outrage over Dickoh axing

By Patrick Akoto
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Former Ghana captain Charles Kobina Akonnor has expressed his disgust at the exclusion of in-form defender Francis Dickoh from the country's squad for the Nations Cup.

The Holland-based defender, who plays for Utrecht, was among the four players who were dropped from coach CLaude Le Roy's final 23-man squad.

Dickoh's axing from the squad was a surprise to many as he has excelled with his club this season scoring four goals as a defender so far this season

Akonnor, who led the Black Stars in the early 2000s, is convinced Dickoh has done enough for in his career this season to gain a place in Le Roy's final squad.

"My only shock was the exclusion of Francis Dickoh, because I thought he was the most consistent defender in the Ghana defence for his club in Europe." Akonnor told Ghanasoccernet.

"It is a shame he was dropped from the squad but am not in the camp so I can say much.

"I know there are a lot things going on in the in the camp but I will not talk about it just to foster team unity."

Dickoh, who was aiming for his second Nations Cup appearance, failed to make the grade together with new entrant, Moussa Nary of Tunisian Etoile du Sahel .

Akonnor is convinced the 25-year-old seemed destined for a glittering career on the world stage in the future.

Black Stars coach Claude Leroy has being widely criticised by many football fans in Ghana for dropping the defender especially when he has become an indispensable player for the Eredivisie side.

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