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Sports News of Tuesday, 28 April 2020


Bernard Tekpetey focused on ending three-year Ghana absence

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Fortuna Dusseldorf attacker Bernard Tekpetey has set his sights on convincing Ghana coach CK Akonnor for a place in the Black Stars team.

The 22-year-old has been in the international senior wilderness since representing Ghana at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.

Last year, he helped the West Africans qualify for the U23 Afcon in Egypt.

''I think the new coach is trying to scout players as well [as those] who are dedicated and trying to play more so I think it is a great opportunity for me to try and work hard," Tekpetey told Joy Sports.

"With my club side, I have to do what I do best to be able to earn his [Akonnor] call-up.

''At the end of the day, I have to work hard because he is a new coach and everything is open, so everyone can get the chance to play.

''I need to improve and showcase what I have for the coach to know that I am a good player, so he can call me.''

Tekpetey has his work cut out as he is currently enduring a frustrating season with Dusseldorf in the German Bundesliga.

The Accra-born player has made nine league appearances so far, starting five of the games and is still on the search for his first goal.