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Mubarak Wakaso has not played any club football this season, and on the face of it, doesn’t deserve a Ghana callup

Mubarak Wakaso has not played any club football this season, and on the face of it, doesn’t deserve a Ghana callup.

But, hold on.

My views on how we should treat players who get injured on national team duty have not changed since the days of the precocious Opoku Agyeman pre-2010 World Cup. The young man vanished from the face of the football map afterwards and very few cared.

Jerry Akaminko, in top form, suffered a career-killing injury against Holland in 2014 on the eve of the World Cup. We made no effort of give him a call up or two to assist his return. He has never been the same since.

Daniel Amartey famously lost his regular place at Leicester after injuring himself on Ghana duty, following the acquisition of Wilfred Ndidi. It took almost a full season for him to fight his way into the team, and I agreed when Stars coaches gave him playing time to help in the process.

It is why Baba Rahman’s return to regular games was our duty as Ghanaians, too, because he got crocked on national duty while in form.

Same for Kudus Mohammed.

Wakaso, pictured here against South Africa last year, picked up a knock in that game and hasn’t played since.

We do not pay for the cost of treatment for these guys; all we do is use them when they are balling and discard them when they suffer setbacks while sweating for the shirt. And please, don’t tell me we pay them winning bonuses – that’s peanuts compared to cost of treatment and career damage.

The national team should be for the best Ghanaian talent available at any given time. It should also be a safe space for those who get injured while playing for us.

It is acts like these that will encourage all the new talents we are asking to join the Ghana train to feel like the Black Stars is worth toiling for.

• GA-S

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