Posted On Thursday, 1st August 2013
TP Mazembe coach Patrice Carteron has denied reports suggesting he is planning not to release Ghana duo Solomon Asante and Richard Kissi Boateng for Ghana’s international friendly this month.
The former Mali coach has explained his comments about Mazembe’s unwillingness to release Zambian players in the Raven’s camp for the Chipolopolo’s international friendly against Senegal on August 14 to winger Solomon Asante.
He says Ghanaian players who will be called up by James Kwesi Appiah would be released for their international friendly.
With Ghana also playing on the same day against a yet-to-be named opponent, his statement about Zambia impliedly means the Lubumbashi-based side would not also release Black Stars pair Solomon Asante and Richard Kissi Boateng would not be released though the day is approved by FIFA – world’s football governing body.
But the 43-year-old has denied the reports carried on most Ghanaian football portals and told winger Solomon Asante after Tuesday’s training session that his comments were unrelated to the Ghana international in his squad.
“The coach explained that the comments were not made directly by him and doesn’t have any intentions not to release me and Kissi for the game,” Asante told Ghanasoccernet.com in a short conversation.
“It means that if we invited by the coach, we will be available for the game.”
The pair have been consistent for the Black Stars and have maintained their places in James Kwesi Appiah’s Ghana squad.
Ghana was scheduled to play against Iraq but the friendly has been called off after the Western Asian pulled out and the West Africans are set to name new opponents.