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Sierra Leone Sports: Ghana coach names 23-man squad for Sierra Leone clash

Ghana players training

Ghana Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, has named his 23-man squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) doubleheader against Sierra Leone this month. The two West African nations will go head to head on the 11 and 14 of October in their quest to reach Cameroon 2019. The first match will be staged at the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi. Notable absentees are the Ayew brothers – Crystal Palace on loan attacker from Swansea Jordan Ayew and elder André Ayew again been left out. But, skipper Asamoah Gyan who has not been in the Black Stars squad since the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo in Kumasi, has been handed a recall. According to head of competition Sierra Leone Football Association, Sorie Ibrahim Sesay, said Leone Stars will play a crucial away fixture against the Black Stars of Ghana in the match day three of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers on the 11th October instant. The match will take place at the 40,528 capacity Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi which lies a little over 200 kilometres from the Ghana capital of Accra. Named on the 12th April 2005 after one of the greatest footballers to have emerged from the Ashanti city, the baba yara stadium is the largest in that West African nation and has hosted several Black Star matches in the past. Out of the 18 previous meetings of both sides at international level, the Ghanaians have carried the lion share of them winning 9, drew 4 and lost only 5 to their West Africa group outsiders. Even though the Leone Stars won their last competition 2-1 played on the 19th October 2002, in an international friendly in Freetown, the four times African champions, Black Stars are expected to carry the day in front of their home crowd in Kumasi.

The Ghana squad.

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Reading FC, England), Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), John Boye (FC Metz, France), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy)

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Bernard Mensah (Kayserispor, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Majeed Waris (FC Nantes, France), Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)


By Bernard Turay

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Tuesday October 02, 2018.

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