Ex-Kotoko defender Eric Donkor explains why local players struggle to earn Black Stars call up

Former Asante Kotoko defender Eric Donkor believes the unattractiveness of the domestic top-flight has cost local players a place in the Black Stars team in recent times.

The Black Stars call up have recently been dominated by players who ply their trade abroad and according to Donkor, it is because the Ghana Premier League is not attractive and competitive anymore.

In an interview with Sylvester Ntim of Koforidua-based Bryt FM, he said, “There are some local players who can cease the opportunity to be in the national team but one thing is that they are not given the chance to prove their worth when invited’

“Now, football has changed and I must be honest, the standard at national level is not easy but I’m sure when local players are given the chance to play, it will build their confidence for the future”

“Previously, the Egyptian national team were dwelling on the local players but at the moment, the trend has changed, they have foreign players to complement their squad. They have not been getting the results but because of their league, local players are given the chance to play and they are able to excel as well”

“But how many opportunities will our leaders give to Ghana Premier League player to even play along with the Andre Ayew’s Partey and the likes. It will not happen because our league, if the structures in the league are good, I believe they will get confidence in local players to play for Ghana” he said.

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