Abdul Karim Salisu Mohammed, a Ghanaian-born defender, has turned down an invitation to play for the Black Stars’ Senior National Team. Many people have tried to figure out why he was given this incredible chance. Sources close to the player have been contacted by yours truly.
Salisu grew up in Kumasi, Ghana, where he played for Barcelona Babies. He has been one of the best players in the world in recent years, and his decision not to play for the Stars has been a tremendous letdown for Ghanaians. His desire to wear the national team uniform was strong, but this would change over his eschewing years.
Between 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the West African Football Academy before leaving Ghana. He was selected to play for the Black Starlets, the National Under 17 Team.
His decision to not play for Ghana is a family decision, with his mother being the driving force behind it. This is owing to Coach Paa Kwesi Fabian’s rejection of him at the juvenile level. The stalwart defender yearned to show off his skills to the rest of the world through the Black Starlets opportunity, but it never materialized.
Coach Fabian had given him the opportunity to play for the squad during the qualifiers, but had then dropped him. He certainly was. According to the source, his mother sold some family properties to raise money to tempt the coach, who declined. He thus missed out on an opportunity to play for the Starlets, which enraged his entire family.
Several attempts were made to get him into the team, including communicating with Mr. Kurt Okraku, the current President of the Ghana Football Association, who was asked to interfere. Mr. Okraku, who was a member of the GFA at the time, remained silent.
Salisu gave up football due to his dissatisfaction and sat out for nearly two years. His good fortune continued when he was signed by some foreigners during a trial game organized by the African Talent Football Academy. Mr. Kofi Manu, the Chairman of the Player Status Committee at the time, helped him get his release with the help of Mr. Thomas Boakye Agyemang.
Salisu was signed by Valladolid after being taken to Spain by the Football Academy. He now plays for Southampton in the English Premier League.