Soccer News of Tuesday, 15 November 2005
... Current Form Not Reputation is Key
Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic has said that defender Sammy Kuffuor will have to work hard if he is to earn a spot in the squad going to next year's World Cup finals.
Dujkovic had said the player would not return to the Black Stars until he apologised for negative comments he made about the national team.
Although Kuffour apologised for the remarks, he did so on a Ghanaian television station and not on the BBC Sport website, where the initial comments were made.
Dujkovic said he decided to soften his earlier stance for the sake of the national team's progress.
"I am flexible at this moment. We need our best players and I am ready to call the devil if necessary to get good results at the World Cup," Dujkovic told BBC Sport.
Kuffuor, who was in Saudi Arabia for Monday's friendly, got Dujkovic's praise for the positive attitude he showed towards the game.
But Dujkovic warned the player that only his current form, and not the reputation he has earned over the years, will earn him passage to Germany.
"If he is to play for the Black Stars, he must play to the best of his ability.
"If not, I will not call him. And that applies to all the other players as well," the Serbian said.