Black Stars Head Coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor has announced his 23-man squad ahead of Ghana’s international friendly game against Mali.
This will be Coach Akonnor’s first game since his appointment early this year.
Nine players were dropped from Akonnor’s initial list announced in March for the matches against Sudan which were eventually postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Among the players dropped are Christopher Antwi (Paderborn – Germany), Tariq Fosu (Brentford FC – England), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning – China), Alfred Duncan (Fiorentina – Italy), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade – Serbia), Yahaya Mohammed (Aduana Stars – Ghana), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak – Ghana), Kwadwo Amoako (Ashgold – Ghana), and Andy Yiadom (Reading – England).
The Black Stars is set to play the Eagles of Mali on September 9, in Antalya, Turkey as part of the team’s preparations for the AFCON qualifier against Sudan.
Coach C.K Akonnor handed debuts to France-based Alexander Djiku who plays for Strasbourg, Yakubu Mohammed of Azam FC in Tanzania, Benson Anang of MSK Zilina in Slovakia, Emmanuel Lomotey of Amiens in France and youngster Kamal Deen who plays for Danish side Nordsjaelland.
Pyramid FC’s John Antwi also has been handed a call up by the Ghana Coach.
Ghana tops Group F with 6 points following victories against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in November 2019.
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United – South Africa)
Razak Abalora (Unattached)
Richard Ati Zigi (St. Gallen – Switzerland)
Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg – France)
Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Club – Portugal)
Nicholas Opoku (Amiens – France)
Benson Anang (MSK Zilina – Slovenia)
Yakubu Mohammed (Azam FC – Tanzania)
Kasim Nuhu (Fortuna Düsseldorf – Germany)
Joseph Aidoo (Celta de Vigo – Spain)
Gideon Mensah (Vitoria de Guimaraes)
Baba Iddrisu (RCD Mallorca – Spain)
Thomas Partey (Atlético Madrid – Spain)
Kudus Mohammed (Ajax Amsterdam – The Netherlands)
Bernard Mensah (Besikstas – Turkey)
Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens – France)
Samuel Owusu (Al Fayha FC – Saudi Arabia)
Andre Ayew (Swansea City – England)
John Antwi (Pyramid FC – Egypt)
Eugene Ansah (Ironi Kiryat Shmona – Israel)
Jeffery Schlupp (Crystal Palace – England)
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace – England)
Kamal Deen (FC Nordsjælland).
Story by: James Eshun | universnewsroom.com