The Black Stars coach, Chris Hughton, has stated that he did not start Richmond Lamptey against Namibia because he wanted to have a defensive player playing alongside Majeed Ashimeru.
At the Baba Yara Stadium on Monday night, Namibia held Ghana to a scoreless draw as the team gears up to compete at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
As the Black Stars found it difficult to defeat the nation of Southern Africa, supporters demanded that Richmond Lamptey, a midfielder for Asante Kotoko, be brought on.
But Lamptey, who has been playing well, was unable to play in what would have been his Black Stars debut.
Hughton, though, stated in a post-match interview that Majeed Ashimeru’s presence called for the addition of a defensive midfielder to the Anderlecht player.
“We are happy to have him join the team, but I have to make these decisions, just like I do with Dede Ayew or Majeed Ashimeru, regarding when they join the team and the potential impact they may have on the outcome of the match,” Chris Hughton stated.
“I knew I would be changing the front two and I knew I would be changing the two wing players, so when I brought Ashimeru on, I wanted maybe a more defensive player to stay on the pitch just to give us that balance,” he continued.
In the meantime, the Black Stars, who are in Group B with Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique, will travel on Wednesday, January 10, to Ivory Coast in preparation for the competition, which begins this weekend, from January 13 to February 11.