Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has named a 26-man squad for Ghana’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Kampala.
Conspicuously missing from the list is the Ayew brothers; Andre Dede Ayew and Jordan Ayew. Both players did not make it to the last match against Congo when the Black Stars won by 5-1 in Brazzaville.
Andres Ayew who plays for Westham United in England complained of an injury whereas his brother Jordan also complained of stomach upset.Both were seen returning to full time training after getting back to their clubs.
Captain Asamoah Gyan who was also been asked to be dropped because of age factor relative to dip in form made it into the team. He did travel with the rest of the players to Congo though he was injured and could not play.
Other key players like Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey and Jonathan Mensah have all been named in the squad.
The Black Stars will travel to face the Cranes at the Mandela National Stadium next month in the penultimate qualifier.
Coach Appiah’s 24-man list includes debutants Kingsley Sarfo of Swedish side Malmo, USA-based Abass Mohammed, Kasim Nuhu of Swiss club Young Boys, Hearts of Oak defender Vincent Atinga and Inter Allies ace Isaac Twum.
Germany-based defender Daniel Opare returns to the side for the first time since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil following good showing for Augsburg.
The three goalkeepers who were called for last month’s World Cup qualifier have all been retained.
The squad will be whittled down to 23 players as the team will start its preparations for the match to be played away from home.
GOALKEEPERS: Richard Ofori (Martizburg,South Africa), Lawrence Ati (Sochaux, France), Joseph Addo (Aduana Stars)
DEFENDERS: Defenders : Harrison Afful (Columbus,USA), Daniel Opare (Augsburg, Germany) Agbenyenu Lumor (Portimonese, Portugal), Abass Mohammed (Harrisburg City, USA), Kasim Nuhu (Young Boys, Switzerland), Daniel Amartey (Leicester,England), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew,USA), Nicholas Opoku (Club Africain, Tunisia), Vincent Atinga (Hearts of Oak)
MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Joseph Attamah (Bakaksehir, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Kingsley Sarfo (Malmo, Sweden) Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo FC, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (Stuttgart, Germany), Thomas Agyepong (NAC Breda, Holland), Frank Acheampong (Tianjin TEDA, China), Isaac Twum (Inter Allies), Patrick Twumasi (Astana FC, Kazakhtan)
FORWARDS: Asamoah Gyan (Kayerispor, Turkey), Raphael Dwamena (FC Zurich, Switzerland), John Antwi (Misr Lel-Makkasa, Egypt), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Crvena Zvezda, Serbia)
Source : GFA