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Jerry Akaminko grateful to Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah for reviving international career

Turkey-based defender Jerry Akaminko is very grateful to Black Stars head coach Kwasi Appiah for reviving his international career after first call-up in 1103 days.  

The 29-year-old joined the Black Stars for the first time in 3 years after he suffered a career-threatening injury on duty with Ghana prior to the 2014 World Cup.

The former Heart of Lions defender twisted his ankle at the De Kuip in Rotterdam as Ghana lost 1-0 to the Netherlands on May 31, 2014,(3 years 0 months 7 days) ruling him out of the tournament in Brazil.

After sitting out for almost a year, he returned to the bench for Eskisehirspor in 2015.Two years on and Akaminko has worked himself into contention earning surprised invitation from Kwasi Appiah - who was reappointed in April.

'I want to really thank him [Kwesi Appiah] for bringing me back [to the Black Stars],' he told FootballMadeInGhana.com.

'It may be coincidence that he was the one who handed me my first call up to the team but I think it is divine.

'I really want to thank him for the opportunity again and we hope for the best.'

Akaminko was however an unused substitute in the 5-0 win over Ethiopia in Ghana's opening 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier despite making several changes to the 'template' line up employed by Avram Grant.

Jerry Akaminko

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