Former Ghana international defender Tony Baffoe wants his fellow retired players to convince foreign-born youngsters to switch allegiance from European nations to play for the Black Stars.
Kevin-Prince Boateng, Adam Kwarasey, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Jeffery Schlupp and Emmanuel Frimpong are players who have done this.
Baffoe was born in Germany before playing for Ghana.
“I think that it’s important we appoint global ambassadors,” said Baffoe to Focus FM.
“We have the Matthew Amoahs, the Eric Addos, Otto Addos, the Hans Sarpeis, the Sebastian Barnes,” he added.
Those who Ghana missed out on were Danny Welbeck, Jerome Boateng, Mario Balotelli, David Odonkor, Gerald Asamoah and Marcel Desailly.
In the new generation there’s Inaki Williams and Joe Dodoo to target.
“I think we must tap into their experience and maybe we could have got the likes of Memphis Depays, the Balotellis and other players who were born abroad much earlier,” he said.
“I was involved back in the days with Sarpei and Otto Addo coming to play, and also with Kevin-Prince Boateng.
“I think it’s just natural that you suggest talents to your dear nations and that’s where ex-players can play a very good role in unearthing talents abroad.”
This statement is contrary to the stance of some Ghana administrators who criticised coach Avram Grant for not giving local Ghanaians a chance. At least those were Ghanaians who are playing club football in Europe, and were mostly born in Ghana.