Following the 32-man provisional squad by Black Stars head coach Milovan Rajevac, the inclusion of some players gives room for questions to be asked. As a new person in charge of the Senior National team, it was expected that the maiden call up will be different from that of his predecessor. 

At the goalkeeping department, Milovan Rajevac included Jojo Wallocot from Swindon Town.

Is it the case that goalkeepers in the caliber of Jojo cannot be found in the local scene? Razak Abakora of Asante Kotoko could have been given same opportunity, especially as Milovan comes as a new person in the portfolio.

Razak Abalora proved himself under CK Akonnor, where his performance was good as compared to a goalkeeper who is yet to show what he is made of. Clearly, Jojo Wallocot will not have the chance to keep the post in the Zimbabwean game, based on the list of goalkeepers available for the double-header. 

Lawrence Ati-Zigi and Richard Atta come ahead of him with experience and exposure at the National side.

Donald Ibrahim with his success story at Black Satellite could man the goal post ahead of Jojo. This means, a local goalkeeper could have been handed this slot. 

In defence, Milovan Rajevac included Philemon Baffour ahead of Fatawu Mohammed, who played for the National team in South Africa.

Both players are right back but the experience of Fatawu Mohammed is way ahead of Philemon Baffour. For playing against Bafana Bafana in South Africa, Milovan Rajevac will have done a good job by maintaining Fatawu Mohammed ahead of Philemon Baffour.

Between the two right back, Fatawu Mohammed is presently active as he lasted the entire duration for Accra Hearts of Oak in CAF Champions League match against CI Kamsar. 

Also, either Mohammed Alhassan or Robert Addo Sowah could have been named for the coming matches. The duo – over the time – have justified why they warrant a call up to the Senior National team. 

It was revealed that Milovan Rajevac watched footage of Black Satellites’ exploits in Mauritania. After going through the footage, Milovan Rajevac was not satisfied with the performance of captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh? His performance does not call for a National team invite under Milovan Rajevac? Though Daniel Afriyie Barnieh did not play against Ethiopia and South Africa, but he was given exposure to the Black Stars by CK Akonnor. Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and others are earmarked as pure talent for the future and ought to be treated as such.

Source: | Abdul-Jalilu | Ghana |

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