Dickoh still in LeRoy’s plans

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The Holland-based defender suggested he will consider his future with the national team when he was controversially dropped from the 23-man squad for the tournament, but Le Roy says he will consider him for future assignments.

“I have spoken a lot about the guys who were with us in the run up to this tournament, including Francis Dickoh. I know they were unhappy about being dropped, but players like him, Moussa Nary and Sadat Bukari are still part of my plans. We need to expand and get more options in terms of players,” LeRoy said.

Dickoh, born in Denmark to Ghanaian parents, was furious at being dropped from the 23-man squad.

“I am shocked and extremely disappointed that I was excluded from my country’s final squad for the Cup of Nations, and now I am considering my future with the national team because I think I deserve a place in the 23-man squad.

“I don’t know if I will return to the team under this coach or any other coach in future. I need to think over it properly.”

The decision to drop Dickoh came back to haunt LeRoy at the most important stage of the competition when John Mensah was suspended.

With Shilla Illiasu unfit to play, LeRoy had to deploy Michael Essien in midfield because he was short on central defenders, a decision that has been roundly criticised in Ghana.

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