The Family of young Ghanaian prodigy Salisu Mohammed has issued a press statement claiming their son is ever ready to represent the nation at any level his services is required.
This comes in the wake of head coach CK Akonnor revealing in a radio interview on Tuesday that efforts to reach the 21-year-old to play for the Black Stars have yielded no results.
The Real Valladolid centre-back was billed to feature in Ghana’s double-header against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe but missed out due to slight injury.
He again made himself unavailable during Akonnor’s maiden call-up, which has given him many reasons to believe the player is unwilling to feature for his native country.
The family has however released a statement refuting all claims levelled against their son.
PRESS STATEMENT ON SALISU MOHAMMED’S ABSENCE FROM NATIONAL DUTIES.
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.
Family of Abdul Karim Salisu Mohammed.
By: Kofi Amoah