The AS Roma youngster having rejected an earlier call up in November 2021 was once again named in Milovan Rajevac’s 30-man provisional squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] in Cameroon.
However, Afena-Gyan has failed to honour the call-up.
But according to the former Black Stars skipper, though he agrees that the teenage Roma striker needs experience; he shouldn’t have rejected the call-up.
C.K. Akonnor said as a player, nothing is more fulfilling than representing your country at the senior level.
“It depends on what the boy has in mind and what he wants to achieve. But in all fairness, if you get the chance to play for the national team, you need to take it in good faith,” Akonnor told Accra based Happy FM.
Akonnor added that despite rejecting Black Stars call-ups, he believes Afena-Gyan will not ditch Ghana for Italy.
“I don’t think he is looking forward to playing for Italy,” the coach said.
When asked about whether or not Ghana can lift the AFCON trophy in Cameroon, Akonnor said: “I will be supporting Ghana. None of us can tell where the team will reach”.
The 18-year-old has so far rejected two call-ups to represent Ghana on the international level.
Source: Modern Ghana