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Kwasi Appiah played me as a midfielder whiles I’m a striker – Abdul Fatawu Safiu

Former Asante Kotoko forward Abdul Fatawu Safiu has hit hard at former Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah for handing him a raw deal in the run up to the 2019 AFCON.

The striker was named in the 2019 AFCON provisional squad by the then Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah but was ultimately dropped for the finals.

He says that he was never given a fair chance to compete for a place in the team as the technical team were intent to drop him even before the call up that is why he was named among the midfielders.

At the time, the Kotoko forward was in good form for his club domestically and also in the CAF Confederations Cup and was handed a chance in the Black Stars but like many local players he was just among the numbers as he was dropped.

It is not the first time local players have complained about ill treatment at the Black Stars as the foreign based once are given all the courtesies to the detriment of the local ones.

Recently Augustine Okrah rejected a Black Stars call up after he was initially jettisoned from the squad and later recalled but there was reports that he was also played out of position.

“When I was called, I was number 9, number 10. But they said I should play 6 or 8. So I was playing with Afriyie Acquah in the midfield but I wasn’t a midfielder,” he said on Angel TV.

“They put me there and had to do my best and play. I did well but that’s what happened. So, the next day I had to pack my things and come home.

“I didn’t want to say it but don’t want to cover anyone. When someone hits you hard, you have to come and hit the person hard too. I didn’t want to talk but it was painful.

“The moment I saw the list and I saw my name under midfield was like, what’s going on? Imagine, Mubarak Wakaso is there Thomas Partey, Acquah and Kwadwo Asamoah and you put me in midfield.

“If you are somebody who is smart, you’ll know you will come back home,” he concluded.

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