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Ghana's Chibsah at a crossroads

By Barney Cullum

Ghana's Yussif Chibsah begins 2010 in reflective mood, wondering whether the new year will bring the luck that has deserted him of late.

Ghana's Yussif Chibsah
Yussif Chibsah has not given up hope of going to the World Cup with Ghana

Four years ago the former Asante Kotoko prodigy had the world at his feet.

Chibsah had just won two Ghanaian championships with the Kumasi side and was on standby to go to the 2006 World Cup in Germany with the Black Stars.

To be on the reserve list for Ghana's first World Cup as a 22-year-old was an honour.

But missing the cut for the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola aged 26 has been somewhat harder to bear for the Sweden based midfielder.

"I was in the provisional 30-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, just as I had been in the initial squad for Germany," Chibsah told BBC Sport.

"I could have proved my worth in Angola but you have to be given the chance to do that and I was not.

"Missing out is part of the job and you just have to try and accept it.

"I know I can compete with Ghana's other midfielders but it is a matter of being given the chance."

Chisbah, who models his game on Michael Essien, has been given just one start by national team coach Milovan Rajevac in the Serb's 18 months in charge.

"I played in the friendly against Uganda and I scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win," Chibsah points out.

Chibsah could not have done much more in his tenth cap for the national side but the competition in midfield to represent the Black Stars has never been fiercer.

I have not given up hope on my dream of playing in a World Cup with Ghana

Yussif Chibsah

After two years in the Swedish top flight with IF Gefle, Chibsah appears trapped in a vicious circle.

The player knows he needs to win more Ghana caps to be guaranteed a work permit for one of Europe's more high profile leagues.

But Chibsah also knows he needs to be playing in a more fashionable league to be noticed by Rajevac in the first place.

"I moved to Sweden because the football is quite physical and I thought it would be ideal preparation to launch a career elsewhere in Europe," he explained.

Chibsah is basing himself in England before the Swedish season resumes in February and is confident his agent will arrange some trials for him.

"I have been offered another two years by IF Gefle and I have until the end of January to decide whether or not to take the contract."

If Chibsah does have to return to Sweden he will do so with a heavy heart, knowing that the league is effectively off Rajevac's radar.

"I have not given up hope on my dream of playing in a World Cup with Ghana," he says.

"Whether I am with the squad or not, I will be rooting for the Black Stars in Angola and South Africa."

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Ghana ring changes for World Cup
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Ghana include Olympic dozen
27 Aug 04 |  African
Can Ghana's Meteors soar?
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