Rashid Sumaila admits he had a tough in the first half of the season with Red Star Belgrade but has not given up hope of making Ghana's final squad for 2019 Africa Cup of Nation in Egypt.
The experienced centre-back was one of several key names missing from coach Kwesi Appiah's 24-man squad for the final Group F encounter against the Harambee Stars of Kenya.
Sumaila's exclusion did not come as a surprise following his inability to churn out regular playing time at his club during the first stanza of the campaign.
But the former Mamelodi Sundowns guardsman has not lowered his sights, though, challenging himself to excel in the coming months and catch the eye of the Black Stars gaffer.
"'I had a tough time last year, a bit of a personal thing there with my failure to play enough games for my club," Sumaila told Happy FM.
"I had some things to overcome in this year, so I had to truncate my holidays to prepare myself well for the remainder of the season and so far I can say that it's working well.
"I believe in my qualities and if everything goes well, I'm hopeful of making the squad. Missing the squad for the Kenya match is a setback which I'm going to work on and turn it into a weapon in my next call-up."
The 26-year-old believes under coach Appiah, Ghana can clinch its first title in 37 years
"It's something that has been lingering on the mind of every Ghanaian but I foresee a brighter competition because looking at the efforts and time the coach has put in shows he wants the same thing as every Ghanaian."
"He's trying to blend the team with experience and youth so I'll urge every Ghanaian to rally behind him to achieve our goal. I think his experience in the competition will be vital in helping us win the cup in Egypt."
Sumaila has been linked with several clubs across Europe but it is Randers FC and St Etienne that have shown keen interest in snapping him up.Read Full Story