Abrefa Gyan, uncle of U.S. Cremonese star Felix Afena-Gyan has called on Ghanaians to be patient with the youngster.
The former AS Roma star has received a lot of criticism from Ghanaians for rejecting a call-up to the Black Meteors squad that beat Algeria to qualify for the U-23 Afcon.
“I would beg the media to be patient with the boy. I would urge them to look into what the authorities said to persuade the boy to play for the Black Stars,” said Abrefa Gyan in an interview.
“We’ve all heard how difficult it was for the FA to approach Afena-Gyan and persuade him. We also know Mourinho’s intention to shape the boy and why he wasn’t ready to play for the national team at the time, but the authorities did everything they could to entice him into the team.”
“However, if you are a coach who isn’t good at dealing with issues in the locker room, the team will always have issues.”
“Even if you wouldn’t give him an invite, you should go and explain things to him to psyche him up based on whatever you promised him to convince him. Assuring him of future call-ups, for example. Meeting his parents and agent to speak with him would be more beneficial than simply selecting your players and ignoring him, giving the impression that he can choose to play or not, and you don’t care,” he stressed.
Afena-Gyan has been struggling for game time at U.S. Cremonese.