For the second consecutive time, Chris Hughton, the coach of the Black Stars, has omitted local players from his squad for the Madagascar 2023 AFCON qualifier, despite closely monitoring their performances in the local league.
In an interview on Angel TV, Tagoe shared his perspective on the matter, emphasizing that the players in the local league have not yet reached the required level to represent the national team.
Tagoe specifically mentioned Abednego Tetteh, the leading goal scorer for Bibiani GoldStars, as an example.
He stated, "If you look at the local league, we know they are performing very well, but to be honest, they have not yet reached the level of the Black Stars."
"Normally, when you win the goal king title in the GPL, you should be part of the call-ups, but I'm not surprised that Abednego Tetteh is not included because he still has a lot to learn. He has done well, but he needs another season to prove his consistency. It all depends on him, but I don't believe it was a mistake to not call up any local players," Tagoe concluded.
Tagoe's remarks reflect the perspective that while players in the local league may be performing admirably, there is a recognition that they may still need further development and experience to meet the standards of the national team.
As the coach and selectors continue to assess the players' progress, the door remains open for promising local talents to earn their place in future Black Stars squads as they continue to hone their skills and demonstrate consistent performances.