Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah yesterday dropped five key players who featured in the concluded FIFA World Cup in Brazil from his squad ahead of next month’s AFCON qualifiers.
Midfield general Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Adam Kwarasey were dropped from the 24-man provisional squad, following the explosive problems at the recent World Cup which resulted in the sacking of two players at the competition in Brazil.
Samuel Inkoom, who was not among the above players who caused problems at the World Cup, was also excluded from the 24-man squad. Ghana soccernet.com revealed.
However, Coach Kwesh named seven players who missed the World’s show piece in Brazil.
Shot-stopper Razak Brimah, Baba Abdul Rahman, Jeffrey Schlupp, Awal Mohammed, Yussif Chibsah, Solomon Asante and David Accam are the seven returnees invited for the double header against Uganda and Togo.
Captain Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu and Germany-based defender Abdul-Rahman were part of Kwesi’s 24-man squad.
The Black Stars who are in Group E alongside Guinea, will host the Cranes of Uganda on 6th September before travelling to Lome and face off Adebayor’s Togo, four days later.
Ghana’s full squad:
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Chippa United, South Africa), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)
Defenders: Daniel Opare (FC Porto, Portugal), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Erciyesspor FC, Turkey) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian FC, France)
Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyeman Badu (Udinese, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Yusif Chibsah (Sassuolo, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Karzan, Russia), Atsu Christian (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe FC, Congo DR.), Gyimah Edwin (Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) and Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)
Strikers: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul Majeed Waris (Spartak Moscow, Russia), David Accam (Helsenborg, Sweden).