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Stop the experimentation - Kwesi Appiah warned

Written by Fiifi Anaman

Veteran coach Joseph Emmanuel Sarpong has criticized the selection policy of Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah.

The Black Stars lost an AFCON 2019 qualifier against Kenya last Saturday by a goal to nil amidst criticism of Appiah's tactical decisions.

The team, rather controversially, was without captain Asamoah Gyan and brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew.

"The likes of Asamoah Gyan, the Ayew brothers are still active and I think they need to come back," J.E Sarpong said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.

"Kwesi Appiah should know how to manage the egos of some players, because they have seen it all and he should try and manage the situation to prevent it from escalating beyond repairs."

Sarpong went on to warn against Appiah's continued experimentation with call ups. The 21-man squad called-up for the Kenya clash feature a debut call-up for Antwerp's William Owusu, who could not feature.

"If we embark on mass changes in the team, we might not get the needed stability as new players should only be introduced into the team to strengthen certain positions, but a wholesale change doesn't help team building," Sarpong said.

Ghana still top Group F with three points from two games, and will play Sierra Leone next at home on October 10.

"We have four matches to go and if we keep on experimenting, we might not see the light of day, so I think it's about time we stop the experimentation and bring players who are tried and tested,'' Sarpong added.