New approach needed to attract Ghanaian players abroad – Coach Ibrahim Tanko to GFA

Former Ghana U-23 male team coach Ibrahim Tanko has urging the Ghana Football Association to change its approach in convincing foreign-based Ghanaian players to wear the national team jersey.

Coach Tanko made these assertions when speaking with Wontumi sports monitored by

Tanko believes the GFA must start monitoring potential players whilst they fight to make it to the first-team in their respective.

“There are a lot of Ghanaian talents abroad especially in England, Germany, and Holland but we always wait for them to play first-team football before they get our attention. If we want to integrate them into our national team, we need to start early. A player like Tariq Lamptey has the potential of playing for the England national team because he plays in England,” he said

The former Borussia Dortmund forward added that former Black Stars players residing outside the country could be tasked to monitor and convince potential players.

He also suggested that the Football Association sets up offices in countries where Ghanaian players are based.

“In Germany, we have Oto Addo, Eric Addo in Holland, Adu Tutu is also in Austria and Razak in Denmark. If we ask these former players to speak to the youngsters, they can convince them because they have experience in dealing with players. I know Turkish FA have an office in Germany because they know they are Turkish players who are based in Germany. So if we do the same, we will get these players.”he stated

Ghana are trying to persuade England Under-21 starlet Tariq Lamptey to switch allegiance to the Black Stars

The 19-year-old won the hearts of Ghanaian fans with his impressive performance for Brighton in their 3-1 defeat to his former club Chelsea on the opening England Premier League fixture at the Amex on Monday.

Paa Kweku Eshun

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