Head coach of the senior men’s national team, Charles Kwabla Akonnor has explained why Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu is missing in his latest Black Stars call-up.

The former Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak gaffer named his 23-man squad for the upcoming international break next month with Ghana billed to play Mali and possibly another team with Equatorial Guinea opting out of the friendly game, 24 hours after the Ghana Football Association made the announcement.

Six debutants have been included in the 23-man squad with the usual suspects such as Mubarak Wakaso, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye and Asamoah Gyan have been excluded from the list.

Key among the missing contingent is Mohammed Salisu, formerly of Real Valladolid who joined English Premier League side Southampton.

Shortly after announcing his squad, the Black Stars Head Coach Charles Akonnor explained why Salisu did not make the list.

“He is not in the team because I heard his coach spoke about him in terms of fitness level. They are looking at October after the national games, before he will be back,” Akonnor told Ghana FA TV.

“Based on that, I want to give him a chance to rest and get fit and start a game in Southampton and then we will look forward to get him on board, he concluded.

Salisu has been chased by Ghana on a couple of occassions with all such attempt proving futile. These frustrations were shared by Akonnor in a recent past interview where he divulged a failed meeting with the player among others.

This prompted his family to issue a statement to clear the air about emerging speculations that he was disinterested in playing for Ghana.

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Following this, it was expected that the player would be amongst any list released by the Coach subequently.

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