Players must earn national jersey - Baffoe advises Milo

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Tony Baffoe
Tony Baffoe

Former Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe has advised Coach Milovan Rajevac to ensure that any player he invites to the senior national team earns the national jersey.

“My advice for the new coach is to ensure he invites players who deserve to play for the team. Any player who gets the chance must earn the jersey,” Baffoe insisted in an exclusive interview with Graphic Sports last week.

“Any good coach can get the best out of whichever players he has at a particular point in time and that is what I expect from Milo,” the acting Stars skipper during Ghana’s final against Cote d’Ivoire at Senegal ‘92 stressed.

The renowned football administrator, who resigned as the Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last June, said he believed the Black Stars could win laurels for the nation at any point in time if the right players were invited.

“I don’t think we don’t have a team as people are saying. I believe it is rather a matter of what you can do with what you have,” he explained.
According to him, having deserving players featuring for the Black Stars could help end the nation’s 40-year Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) drought in next year’s edition of the tournament in Cameroun.

Ghana is seeking to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, aside winning AFCON 2022, hence the appointment of Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac to replace Charles Kwabla (C.K) Akonnor last month.

Prior to Milo’s appointment, however, there was a heated debate over the Serbian’s readiness to book a World Cup ticket, as well as win the AFCON in January, considering the calibre of players at his disposal.