Tetteh has rubbished suggestions that Eric Bekoe has not become a Black
Stars regular because of a grudge between himself and the player dating
back to Bekoe’s time at Liberty Professionals. The Graphic Sports
claimed ahead of Ghana’s qualifier against Gabon last week that
Tetteh’s refusal to play the Asante Kotoko hitman from the start may be
due to a misunderstanding between the pair that forced the player away
from Liberty Professionals three seasons ago.
But Tetteh says any such suggestions are completely false and
unfair. In a reaction to the story, he said: “what many people do not
know is that I took Bekoe to Liberty Professionals and the national
U-17 side at a time no one knew him.”
Tetteh says a family friend of the Bekoes, he was upset by the
allegations before going on to defend his treatment of the player in
the national camp. He says the player is young and still needs time to
blossom in the senior national team.
“When his time came against Gabon, I used him and he gained some experience and confident from it.”
The use of Bekoe has become a contentious issue lately. The player’s
club demanded last week that he should be released for their league
games if the national side was not using him while the player himself
admitted he was getting worried about losing out on the goal king crown
because of his inactivity at club level.
And despite getting his chance against Gabon in Libreville, the
Kotoko striker is certain to start from the bench on Sunday against the
same side in Accra with Junior Agogo and Prince Tagoe likely to be
Sellas Tetteh’s front two.