Baba Rahman breaks silence on why he opted out of Black Stars squad

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DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 24: Abdul Rahman Baba of Ghana looks on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 on November 24, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Ghana defender, Baba Rahman has explained why he decided to opt out of Black Stars squad for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

Baba, who plays for Greek side, POAK was initially named in their 55-man provisional squad but says his decision to opt out was purely based on footballing reasons and nothing more.

The 29-year-old has not featured for the Black Stars since playing over an hour in the last AFCON qualifiers against Central African Republic at the Baba Yara Stadium.

During that game, the former Chelsea defender was booed by the crowd for his performance.

Hughton named the squad on Monday morning without Baba in the team.

This season, the former Chelsea man has featured in 15 games in all competitions and provided two assists.

Below is Baba Rahman’s statement released on X:

Hear me out:

I just wanted to say that the decision to opt out of the AFCON was solely based on footballing reasons and nothing else.

Playing for my country will always be the highest point of my career and every time I have been lucky to wear the shirt I have given my all.

The last few years I have had to battle injuries and recovery times and I feel that it’s best in the interest of my career and that of the team to only play when I don’t have to think about recovery or pain- that way I can always give my best to the team.

The life span of a footballer is very short and sometimes we have to make these tough calls for the general interest of the nation we love the most and that of our career to enable longevity.

I would be cheering the team and pushing them on to try to win us the AFCON we all desire. But as of now let’s all support anyone the manager picks because the most important thing is Ghana which is bigger than any individual.

God bless our homeland and make us great and strong

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