Mohammed Salisu is ‘ready’ to represent Ghana – Family assures Ghanaians

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The family of Ghana International, Mohammed Salisu have issued a statement debunking claims that the player is not interested in playing for Ghana's senior national team, The Black Stars.

On Tuesday, media reports speculated that Black Stars head coach, C.K Akonnor had hinted that the player did not seem interested in playing for Ghana after several attempts to reach him proved futile.

Salisu earned a call-up from former head coach Kwesi Appiah to join the Black Stars ahead of their clash with South Africa and Sao Tome but he later withdrew due to an injury.

The 21 year old's family however say, the Real Valladolid defender is willing to play for the Black Stars and will accept the opportunity once it presents itself.

"The family of Abdul Karim Salisu Mohammed wish to correct and clarify news gaining momentum in some media circles which seems to suggest that our son has rejected the opportunity to play for the senior national team, the Black Stars.

"We further wish to state unequivocally that our son is a proud Ghanaian and very ready to represent Ghana at every level and time. He is so much enthused to be associated with the Black Stars since it has been his dream to play for Ghana at the highest level.

"However, we have received media reports on the contrary and it is really disturbing that journalists failed to ascertain the truth of his absence from national duties.

"Salisu was indeed invited to play for the South Africa and São Tomé games for the African Cup qualification but he was slightly injured then. He did not want to represent his beloved country with a hidden injury.

"Again, Salisu availed himself for call ups into the junior national teams but he got those invitations at an unfavorable time of his career in Spain.

"It is our wish that in subsequent matches of the Black Stars, our son will be available and represent the country.

"We hope this statement will put to rest the numerous media conjectures and unproductive rumors which is geared at creating dissatisfaction by Ghanaians against our son. Salisu Mohammed is committed to the course of helping Ghana win an African Cup and qualification to the World Cup once again."The 21 year old has been linked with a move to English Premier side Southampton, with an official announcement imminent.