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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 11:33 GMT
Ghana axe Boakye
By Ibrahim Sannie

Ghana's Isaac Boakye
Claude Le Roy has dropped Isaac Boakye from all his future Ghana squads

Ghana coach Claude Le Roy says striker Isaac Boakye will no longer play for the Black Stars for persistently turning down call-ups to the national team.

Boakye, who plays for German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, has not featured in the Black Stars squad since September 2005 after falling out with previous coach Ratomir Dujkovic.

Le Roy took over from the Serbian in September last year and Boakye has since refused to answer all three call-ups made by the Frenchman.

"Boakye can play for Wolfsburg for the next 20 years and even be named the best player in Germany, but he will never play under me," Le Roy said.

"I will not force any player to play for the national team since players all over the world take great pride in playing for their nations, I don't see why the situation should be different when it comes to Ghana.

"I will not allow any player to hold my team to ransom as I'm going to work with those prepared to sacrifice and die for the national flag."

Le Roy has received the backing of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for his stance over Boakye, saying it will deter other players.

"We are in full support of what the coach has done as it goes a long way to maintaining the discipline we have in our squad," GFA spokesman Randy Abbey told BBC Sport.

"This is a resounding statement to the players that we are enjoying a new lease of life with the good results and that such attitude will not be tolerated as we seek to maintain the spirit and discipline in the team."



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