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Ghana desperate to convince Southampton’s Salisu for Nigeria clash

THE Ghana Football Association is making desperate attempts to get Southampton star Mohammed Salisu to play for the Black Stars, according to reports from the country.

The Black Stars are due to face Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoffs in late March and the GFA is keen to add the centre-back to their defence for the tie.

Although Salisu was born in Kumasi and has not played international football at any level for another country, he is yet to make an appearance for the Black Stars.

The 22-year-old has rejected Ghana’s call-up on multiple occasions for personal reasons but the GFA has not given up on convincing him to turn up against the Super Eagles on 25 March in Cape Coast and 29 March in Abuja, according to Ghana Soccernet.

The outlet however claims that the player is not giving the GFA a positive response and time is running out, with Black Stars interim head coach Otto Addo set to name his squad.

Still, even as Salisu insists that he is not ready to play international football just yet, Addo and his assistants are said to be confident that the in-form centre-back will have a change of mind.

Salisu would be a key addition to the Black Stars team after their limp outing at the last Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, where they crashed out in the first round without winning a single match.

The former Real Valladolid star has been an important component of the Southampton side this season, playing 25 of their 27 Premier League games.

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