Black Stars coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor says Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora is part of his plans despite being dropped.
Akonnor on Friday named the provisional squad for the doubleheader against Ethiopia and South Africa on September 3 and 6 respectively without the Porcupines shot-stopper.
Abalora, who is a former WAFA shot-stopper until the latest call-up – was a consistent member of Akonnor’s team.
The Kotoko first-choice goalkeeper has been under heavy criticism at both club and national team levels for committing errors.
Explaining the decision to drop Abalora, Akonnor said the goalkeeper needs a break to wake up but not entirely put out of his team.
“Abalora is part of the team, he is not out,” he said when he announced his 30-man provisional squad.
“Sometimes, you need that break to wake up and know that there is a big deal going on.
“He is still part of our team, he is not out,” he added.
In Abalora’s absence, Akonnor settled on Richard Ofori, Richard Attah, Manaf Nurudeen and Lawrence Ati-Zigi as the goalkeepers for the two games.