Bristol City boss Derek Mcinnes wants Albert Adomah to play starring role for Ghana
Now that Albert Adomah has made Ghana's 23-man squad for the African Nations Cup, Bristol City manager Derek McInnes wants the winger to play a starring role.
Adomah was yesterday confirmed in the Black Stars squad to contest the tournament in South Africa later this month.
Although his call-up represents a blow to a City side battling relegation at the wrong end of the Championship table, McInnes insists he is happy for the 24-year-old Londoner.
But he would prefer Ghana coach Kweis Appiah to play Adomah rather than give him a watching brief on the sidelines.
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McInnes said: "Being involved in a tournament like that can only be good for a player's development and Albert will be looking forward to it if he plays.
"That is the key thing for him, because he will want to make sure he is playing his part in it.
"If he is not going to play a key part, then he would prefer to be here working for us and doing what he can.
"He is a conscientious boy and he feels an element of guilt about leaving us behind, which says a lot about him.
"But if he is going to play in the African Nations Cup and star in it, then I can understand why it is something he wants to be a part of."
The City winger has also been handed the coveted number ten shirt for the tournament, which belonged to Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew until his last minute withdrawal due to injury.
City will certainly be without their winger until the end of January, with the final group game on January 28th. Ghana will be strong favourites to qualify from Group B, with matches against Congo (January 20th), Mali (January 24th) and Niger (January 28th).
Progress in South Africa, where the tournament is being held, would mean further time away for Adomah.
The quarter-finals are due to be played on February 2nd and 3rd, with the semi-finals on February 6th, and the final on February 10th.
McInnes said: "Albert is such an important player for us as everyone knows, so to have him missing for a few games will be a real shame."