Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku is devastated to overlook Ghana’s upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying video games towards South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
The centre-back was one of many conspicuous absentees as Black Stars coach CK Akonnor unveiled a 29-man squad for the double-header, his absence being a results of a health setback.
Since switching his worldwide allegiance to Ghana final yr, the France-born has featured in all 4 video games performed by the Black Stars till now.
“Unhappy to not be with my Black Stars brothers now, however I offer you all my power,” Djiku posted on Twitter.
— Alexander Djiku (@alex_djiku) March 24, 2021
Ghana are set to tackle South Africa in a penultimate matchday fixture of the qualifiers on Thursday earlier than returning dwelling to sq. off towards Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday.
Born within the French metropolis of Montpellier however of Ghanaian descent, Djiku was eligible to characterize both nation at worldwide degree.
In October final yr, he was referred to as up by Ghana for the primary time for friendlies towards Mali and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar.
Enjoying in defensive midfield, he made his debut in what resulted in a 3-Zero loss to Mali however returned to his extra acquainted central defensive position because the Black Stars bounced again with an enormous 5-1 victory over Asian champions Qatar.
He obtained a second successive invitation for back-to-back matches towards Sudan within the Afcon qualifiers final November, occurring to characteristic in each video games.
“It was a supply of nice pleasure for me [to play for Ghana]. The worldwide expertise isn’t nothing, it brings me quite a lot of issues. We nonetheless have two matches in March to qualify for the [Afcon]. I can not wait to return and win these two matches to qualify,” Djiku recently told Goal about his Ghana experience.
“I used to be referred to as four-five years in the past, however I had not but discovered stability in a membership. I first wished to turn out to be an govt someplace earlier than becoming a member of the choice.
“We needed to watch for the precise second, I used to be reaching maturity and it was time to go. Enjoying an [Afcon] can be very nice, however first you must qualify.
“Then we’ll take into consideration qualifying for the World Cup. It might be a dream to play in a World Cup too, I hope we’ll do what is important to go there.”
Djiku might make a return to Ghana when Africa’s 2022 World Cup qualifying group stage commences in June.