Profile of Black Stars center-back Mohammed Salisu
Born on April 17, 1999 in Kumasi, Mohammed Salisu Abdul Karim is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Premier League club Southampton.
Internationally, the Saint defender is of Ghanaian origin. He made his debut for the Ghana Black Stars in 2021 under then manager Kwesi Appiah.
Starting his career with Kumasi Barcelona babies, Salisu later had stint with WAFA and All Talent Football Academy.
Spending less than a year with Academy side, the Ghanaian joined La Liga side Valladolid. Following a brilliant spell with the Spanish side he caught the eyes of Southampton.
And in 2020, Mohammed Salisu joined Southampton in the English Premier League for a fee reported in the region of £10.9 million.
The Ghanaian has improved in his game at the St. Mary’s Stadium. His recent resurgence into the limelight attracted a call-up from his native country in the 2021 AFCON.
However, Mohammed Salisu rejected several call-ups from Ghana with the aim of establishing himself with the Premier League club.
why has Mohammed Salisu refused to play for Ghana Black Stars
The Ghanaian international has established himself as one of the finest center-backs in the Premier League. With the nation at heart he has called on his fellow countrymen to give him time.
In an interview, Southampton center-back said:
“I will be so proud to play for my country [Ghana]. But I think this is not the right moment to play for the national team.
“I think I need to focus on the club [Southampton] side because I am young. I think I need to focus on the club side first and then after, when everything is fine, I can go and play for Ghana Black Stars.”
When will Mohammed Salisu play for Black Stars
Salisu is expected to be filled in the Ghana Black Stars final squad for the 2022 fifa world cup to be staged in Qatar.
All eyes are on the Saint center-back as the Black Stars prepares for the fifa world cup scheduled in November.